Hey everyone...Travis back with a Tampa Bay area hotels update, regarding one of the great Tampa Bay area events.  It's from our friends at the InterContinental Tampa hotel, and I'll just go straight in to the details:

WHO: InterContinental Tampa is centrally located in the heart of Tampa Bay, offering guests the most convenient access to world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, sports and the area’s most memorable attractions.

The property is the official hotel sponsor of the fourth annual Gasparilla International Film Festival, which takes place March 18-21, 2010.  One of Florida’s largest and fastest-growing film festivals, the Gasparilla International Film Festival takes place in downtown Tampa and South Tampa.  Each year, the festival features an average of 100 films from around the world at a variety of venues, with an additional focus on local productions.  Categories for the 2010 festival include: horror, comedy, documentary, international, young filmmaker (under 25 years old), North American Drama, short film, Florida Focus and a sidebar celebrating Tampa’s Cuban heritage.

The film lineup for this year’s festival has not yet been completed, but a preliminary peek has “Street Dreams” – a film about a skateboarder’s struggle to stardom – and “Endure” – the story of a detective investigating a fatal car crash – have already been added to the marquee. Both films were partially shot in Florida. For up-to-date festival details, please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com.

WHAT: The InterContinental Tampa is offering rates for filmgoers as low as $149 per night (double occupancy), including a complimentary breakfast buffet for two in Shula’s Steak House for patrons attending the Gasparilla International Film Festival (March 18-21, 2010).

WHEN: Gasparilla International Film Festival rate is available March 18-21, 2010. (Subject to availability).

WHY: InterContinental Tampa is conveniently located near many of the screening venues for the Gasparilla International Film Festival.  The property boasts a rooftop pool with spectacular views of the bay and city; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and crowd-pleasing on-site dining at Shula’s Steak House.  InterContinental Tampa surrounds guests in contemporary comfort and offers personalized service from a gracious and friendly staff in a warm, distinctive atmosphere. The InterContinental Tampa’s award-winning “In the Know” concierge directs guests to popular Tampa Bay destinations, as well as local hideaways.

WHERE: Located at 4860 West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, Florida, the InterContinental Tampa is convenient to downtown Tampa.  With all of the amenities the InterContinental name ensures, the AAA Four Diamond property offers complimentary wireless high-speed internet in guestrooms and public areas of the hotel, as well as complimentary transportation to the airport and nearby shopping and dining. 

HOW: To reserve the special Gasparilla International Film Festival rate at InterContinental Tampa, please call (866) 402-0758 and mention rate code IPE10 or visit www.intercontampa.com.

And there you have it...so get going and make your reservations.  See you back here for more updates and great things to do in Tampa Bay.