Lisa here, with an update for anyone who have been bitten by the travel bug. The 17th annual ExTRAVELganza is coming up on November 5th!

This years event will be held in the exclusive Hanger 44 at the International Jet Center. This is located right behind International Mall. ExTRAVELganza takes place on Friday November, 5th from 7pm to 10pm. What is the purpose of ExTRAVELganza you might ask, well I'm going to tell you.

The Hillsborough County Hotel and Motel Association, and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, are committed to helping students who are majoring in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. They want to help create a greater level of employee service and proficiency with education. These scholarships are awarded to Florida's full-time four year university and community college students majoring in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.

There will be a live and silent auction, and they are also featuring Tours of Taste featuring some great Tampa Bay Dining. Tickets and sponsorships are still available. It is $60 per person and $500 for a corporate table of ten. And if that's not enough there is a $1,000 corporate sponsorship that includes your corporate logo displayed throughout the night, in the presentation and on-line. To register, or ask questions you can contact Dannette Lynch at 727-642-3404, or of course you can visit the website.  Time is limited, and registration must be complete by November 1st! So hurry up!

This is a fun way to show your support for fellow students interested in hospitality. I almost forgot! The best part...the $100 raffle ticket. Ok, all of my travel savvy readers out there listen up! They are doing a raffle where each ticket is $100. The prize is a trip, but the catch is you won't know the destination. You just have to be "ready to go for a surprise getaway." Sign me up!

Hope to see you out there Tampa! And keep checking back for more Tampa Bay Events!