Visit Tampa Bay to Host Florida Huddle 2022
January 19, 2022 by PR@VisitTampaBay.com
TAMPA, FL (Jan. 19, 2022) – Florida Huddle, the official travel trade show for Florida’s leading economic development engine will focus its spotlight on Tampa Bay from January 24-26, 2022 as hundreds of key hospitality leaders, tour operators and media will arrive in the region, many of them on their first visit to the US in almost two years.
Visit Tampa Bay worked closely with VISIT FLORIDA to bring the premier appointment-based show to Tampa for the first time since 2016. As the Sunshine State’s official travel trade show, Florida Huddle showcases the best of Florida to international and domestic tour operators, wholesalers, and travel media with one-on-one appointments, engaging educational sessions and networking opportunities.
This year’s Florida Huddle is expecting more than 300 delegates, including representatives from Florida destinations, attractions and hotel properties, as well as tour operators and wholesalers from key international markets like Canada and the U.K. In addition, over 50 international travel journalists attending Florida Huddle will have the opportunity to participate in a familiarization (FAM) tour, showcasing the best of Hillsborough County.
“Following a record-breaking year for Hillsborough County tourism, we are excited to be the host of Florida Huddle, bringing with us more industry partners than ever before, many for their first visit to Florida in over two years,” says Santiago C. Corrada, President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “Since the last time we hosted this event, Tampa has changed dramatically with brand-new hotels, attractions, restaurants and an emerging downtown core. Hosting these events will not only showcase the incredible growth and development taking place in Hillsborough County, but will help set us ahead of other destinations as international travel resumes.”
For the first time ever, Florida Encounter will also coincide with Florida Huddle, showcasing all that Florida has to offer for global and domestic meetings and conventions from the Tampa Convention Center. One of VISIT FLORIDA’s signature events, Florida Encounter has been in existence since 1980 and is one of the longest running appointment tradeshows in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) industry.
Florida Huddle and Florida Encounter will come at a pivotal time with Tampa Bay experiencing tremendous growth and several new developments, including new hotels and restaurants in Ybor City, Midtown, and Water Street Tampa’s bustling downtown core.
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