Florida has been a mecca of sunshine and opportunity for an array of cultures since the 16th century, when the first Spanish explorers landed on our shores. Tampa Bay has its own distinctive history of settlers whose influence is reflected in a modern populace that is rich in diversity and honors the past while remaining firmly rooted in the present.

With its combination of accessibility, affordability and amenities, Tampa Bay is the perfect place to unlock the potential of your next meeting. With a host of unique dining experiences, leisure and recreational choices and venues like no other, there is much to discover. We invite you to come explore our city; in fact, invasions are welcome!





Tampa Bay Multicultural Meetings
Tampa Bay Multicultural Meetings
Tampa Bay Multicultural Meetings
Tampa Bay Multicultural Meetings
Tampa Bay Multicultural Meetings
Multicultural Meetings
Tampa Bay Multicultural Meetings
Multicultural Meetings
Multicultural Meetings
Multicultural Meetings

Take a look at some of our larger multicultural meetings to join us in the last few years:


Meeting Name


Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

Imperial Session

Aug '16, '14, '10

International Indian Film Academy

IIFA 2014

Apr '14

National Association of Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers Motorcycle Club

National Convention

Apr '16

Jewish War Veterans

Jewish War Veterans

Apr '15

National Society of Black Engineers

Fall Regional Conference - Region II

Oct '14

Jewish Community Centers Association of North America

Jewish Community Center Association

Jan '17

Florida Association of Indian Physicians


Jun '13

Philippine Nurses Association of American

13th PNAA South Central Regional Conference

May '13

North American Association of Synagogue Executives

2016 Conference

Mar '16



Perry Harvey Park
Perry Harvey Park
Perry Harvey Park
Perry Harvey Park
Perry Harvey Park
Perry Harvey Park

The history of Tampa’s African-American populace is embodied in newly opened Perry Harvey, Sr. Park. Named for a local civil rights leader, the park is situated just north of downtown in the area once dubbed “The Scrub.” Ex-slaves settled there after earning their freedom and eventually created the bustling business Central Avenue district and Chitlin Circuit hub drawing musicians like Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald. Ray Charles got his start playing in clubs here. Originally developed in 1979 as a recreation spot for local youths, the park pays homage to the community’s African-American heritage with unique contextual artwork.


How Tampa Made Music History:




History Center

photo by Amy Pezzicara


Though the indigenous people of Florida were virtually gone by the 1700s and the migratory Seminole tribe that rose in their place has dwindled to the hundreds, you can gain insight into the area’s earliest cultures at the Tampa Bay History Center. Its permanent collection encompasses an exhibit of Tocobaga and Calusa artifacts—including a 2,000-year old canoe— while the immersive Coacoochee’s Story Theater documents the experiences of Seminole Chief Coacoochee during the Second Seminole War. The nearby Ulele restaurant serves innovative Native-inspired eats. The menu includes ingredients the area’s original inhabitants likely raised, caught, hunted or harvested from nearby land and waters.




Spain laid claim to Florida early but Tampa’s Hispanic population skyrocketed in the 1880s after Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his cigar-making operations to Tampa, drawing an influx of immigrants to work in the factories that sprung up in what is now Ybor City. Though it’s become a thriving nationally registered historic district that draws tourists and locals alike with restaurants, shops, businesses and a lively nightlife, you can see remnants of Ybor’s early community in the preserved casitas nestled around Ybor City Museum and Park. Its 1920s-era building (formerly the Ferlita Bakery) houses exhibits that chronicle the district’s history, industry and growth, as well as highlighting Cuban, Spanish, Italian and other ethnic groups that lived there and the societies and clubs that served them.

The Identity Crisis of the Cuban Sandwich:

Built in 1914, the historic and majestic Centro Asturiano de Tampa was home to one of Ybor’s earliest Spanish social clubs. These days, Centro is put to use as an event facility with spaces such as the luxurious Grand Ballroom—with all 14 original mirrors still intact—and the regal 1,000-seat theater replete with balcony views and original stage rig and lights for occasions ranging from wedding receptions to quinceañeras, to concerts, plays, recitals and benefit galas.

Ybor Cigar Roller
TECO Streetcar

And while the cigar industry in Ybor operates on a smaller scale today, you can still find several spots with authentic tastes, including award-winning Tabanero Cigars, where Cuban-style cigars are expertly rolled by hand.

Another must-stop for faithful Hispanic flavor: the fourth generation-owned Naviera Coffee Mills, which produces 14 unique blends and serves fresh cups (and freshly roasted beans and ground bags) from its aromatic El Molino Gourmet Coffee Shop. If you’re hungry, Ybor’s vast Hispanic food options will surely solve that. There’s the family-friendly El Puerto (Argentinian, El Salvadorian, Mexican), bread-and-pastry-centric La Segunda Central Bakery (Cuban) and, of course, for fine Spanish/Cuban dining, renown mainstay Columbia Restaurant. The district honors its Hispanic heritage in a big way with the seven-decades-old Fiesta Day, a blow-out that closes 7th Avenue to traffic and opens it up to strolling locals who enjoy a day of Latin music, arts and crafts, family-friendly fun and a vast array of food with a highlight in the creamy dessert competition, Flan Fest.



Dragon Boat Races


The Asian community of Tampa has had a significant presence in the destination which includes residents from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and more. Our diverse Asian American population is represented through the distinctive AAPI groups and conferences hosted in Tampa Bay.


Get in contact with us!

Sherri Brown, M.A.

Vice President of Multicultural Sales and Development

P: 813.342.4062


Sherri Brown