After a fun-filled holiday weekend, I'm sitting here thinking about our upcoming, fun networking events in Tampa Bay .  Everyone seems to be looking for networking opportunities these days and, fortunately, we have four upcoming events! 

Our next Business by the Bay is being hosted by Gallagher's Steakhouse in Channelside on Thursday, April 23rd, from 5:30-7:30pm.  They will be providing hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be available...yippee!  If you've never eaten at Gallagher's, you should come by next Thursday to sample their food and check out the awesome restaurant.  If you'd like to attend, register online at  We'd love to see you - the more, the merrier!

May is a very busy month filled with networking events to attend.  We kick off the month on May 7th with our Partnership 101 orientation, which includes breakfast and networking.  At 8:30am, the presentation by our executive team begins and they run through the details of our organization (i.e. how we're funded, our mission) and how our partners can directly benefit.  We end by running through our website and how our partners can utilize all of the tools accessible to them.  There's a lot of info jam-packed into this hour session, but it's worth it! 

One week later, we'll be celebrating National Tourism Week at our annual luncheon on May 13th at A La Carte Event Pavilion.  We always have great speakers and entertainment so it's sure to be a good time.  We will also be celebrating outstanding front-line hospitality employees by passing out the Bern Laxer Awards of Excellence to the winners. 

On May 14th, we will be cheering on teams participating in the 6th Annual Hospitality Olympics.  They will be held ON THE FIELD at Raymond James Stadium.  The teams consists of 5 people and they'll compete against each other in various games until one team is left standing.   It's a great excuse to get out of the office and come support the tourism industry and its impact on the local community. 

If you'd like to attend any of the events mentioned above, register online at  Hope to see you all at the events!!