Many of Tampa Bay's hotels and attractions have received national recognition in the past few months. The 600,000-square-foot, waterfront Tampa Convention Center received Meeting News magazine's 2008 "Top 25 Planners' Choice Award" for its excellent service and on-site staff expertise. The Four-Diamond Renaissance Tampa Hotel was named the 2008 Hotel of the Year by Marriott International, Inc. for its leadership in excellence, overall guest satisfaction and market share. 

Tampa's very own Lowry Park Zoo was recognized as the nation's best zoo for kids by Parents magazine, out-ranking famous zoos in San Diego and the Bronx, just to name a few. The Florida Aquarium, located in downtown Tampa, was listed in the Top 10 U.S. aquariums by Tampa International Airport reported the 14th lowest average airfares in 2008 among the nation's 100 largest airports, coming in at $70 less than the national average cost for a round-trip ticket!

All of these accolades are the result of Tampa Bay's hard-working and dedicated tourism and hospitality industries. I feel lucky to be a part of it all, and I am happy that these hotels and attractions have been nationally recognized as leaders in their field. As always, thanks for reading and keep checking back for more Tampa Bay Meetings news!