With major conventions and events such as the Republican National Convention and NCAA Frozen Four coming to the destination, Tampa Bay is slated to be in the national and international spotlight throughout 2012. 

Here’s a look at some of the other “Million Dollar Meetings” that Tampa will host in 2012:

Tampa will play host to the Moose Annual Convention 2012 for Moose International, Inc.  Moose is an international organization of men and women who are dedicated to caring for young and old, brining communities closer together and celebrating life.  More than 3,000 delegates will attend the international convention, which will produce nearly 17,500 hotel room nights and create $2.5 million in delegate spending.

The American Trucking Associations will bring its Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Expo to Tampa in February 2012.  Approximately 3,000 delegates will attend the Annual Meeting, which will produce more than 7,400 hotel room nights and create $2.2 million in delegate spending.  

The area will also welcome the Philadelphia Church of God for its Feast of Tabernacles for three consecutive years beginning in 2012.  Combined, the conventions will welcome 6,600 delegates to Tampa Bay, producing over 7,000 hotel room nights and creating $1.8 million in delegate spending.  

In March 2012, the National Association of Secondary School Principals will bring its Annual Convention & Exposition to the Tampa Bay area.  Approximately 4,000 delegates are expected to attend the convention, production over 5,300 hotel room nights and $4.6 million in delegate spending.  

Also in March, Tampa will host the International Association of Dental Research’s AADR/CADR Annual Meeting.  The area will welcome 4,000 delegates who will produce an estimated 10,000 hotel room nights and $4.6 million in delegate spending.

With deep roots in the Tampa Bay community through the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research, we are excited to welcome Lions Club International for its USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum 2012.  Approximately 2,500 Lions will attend the Leadership Forum, producing over 6,600 hotel room nights and $3.1 million in delegate spending.  

In June 2012, Tampa will host the American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition.  The conference will welcome 2,200 attendees who are expected to produce over 6,300 hotel room nights and over $2.4 million in delegate spending.  

Tampa will also welcome the Florida Board of Bar Examiners back in 2012 for its Winter State Exams, taking place at the Tampa Convention Center from Feb. 28-29, 2012.  Additionally, the organization’s Summer State Exams will take place July 24-25 at the Tampa Convention Center.  The Summer State Exams will welcome over 3,200 applicants to Tampa, producing over 7,700 hotel room nights and creating $3.3 million in delegate spending.   

Attracting these premier meetings and conventions to our destination would be not be possible without the support and assistance of Tampa Bay & Company partners.  To learn more about getting involved, log on to www.VisitTampaBay.com or contact Director of Convention Sales Alex Kaptzan at AKaptzan@VisitTampaBay.com.  

Please join us in welcoming these group, as well as all meetings and conventions, to the Tampa Bay area! 

Well, that’s all for now, but be sure to tune in for more exciting Tampa Bay meetings and updates!

Until then … Think Tampa!