Articles tagged “tampa”

Tampa Airport’s Gun Seizures Put it on Fast-Track to Top 3 Offenders in U.S.

Tampa Airport’s Gun Seizures Put it on Fast-Track to Top 3 Offenders in U.S.

This really isn't a list you want to be on the top of. No airport wants to say "No, we have the most irresponsible gun owners passing through our terminals."

3 years ago

Tampa Airport Ups the Ante on Charging Stations With 4,600 at Gates

Tampa Airport Ups the Ante on Charging Stations With 4,600 at Gates

Associated Press

At a bare minimum, every airport should have charging stations like Tampa plans to add to keep travelers connected and somewhat appeased while they wait to board their flights.

3 years ago

Tampa to Spend $15 Million to Modernize 25-Year-Old Convention Center

Tampa to Spend $15 Million to Modernize 25-Year-Old Convention Center

Kevin Wiatrowski, The Tampa Tribune

Tampa Convention Center is competing with much newer and, more importantly, technologically advanced spaces. Without improvements, it would quickly lose all business prospects.

4 years ago

St. Pete Anticipates $700K Hike in Tourism Marketing Budget

St. Pete Anticipates $700K Hike in Tourism Marketing Budget

Kameel Stanley, Tampa Bay Times

Having a sufficient marketing budget is a concern for tourism marketing organizations across the country, but there's a direct connection between bigger budgets and stronger returns.

4 years ago

Florida Is Becoming the Next Unlikely Battleground of the Sharing Economy

Florida Is Becoming the Next Unlikely Battleground of the Sharing Economy

Josh Boatwright, The Tampa Tribune

The move to roll back Florida's ban on local regulation of short-term rentals demonstrates that even big vacation destinations struggle with the challenge of balancing quality of life for locals and housing options for visitors.

4 years ago

Latin American Travelers Help Tampa Reach Visitor Record in 2013

Latin American Travelers Help Tampa Reach Visitor Record in 2013

Jamal Thalji, The Tampa Bay Times

St. Petersburg has long competed with Orlando and Miami for Latin American visitors, but a new direct flight via Copa Airlines is about to make a difference in the fight.

4 years ago

Do Local Taxpayers Really Benefit From Ballparks And Sports Tourism?

Do Local Taxpayers Really Benefit From Ballparks And Sports Tourism?

Michael Sasso, The Tampa Tribune

Developers and government leaders build up big marketing campaigns and dreams as a rationale for funding these sports facilities, but sports tournaments in and of themselves may not bring the returns if not married with smart sports tourism push as well.

4 years ago

How a Former Dallas Airport Executive Is Trying to Transform Tampa’s Operations

How a Former Dallas Airport Executive Is Trying to Transform Tampa’s Operations

Ted Jackovics, The Tampa Tribune

Joe Lopano was known for attracting foreign airlines to Dallas and is trying to recreate that success at Tampa, albeit among harder competition due to airports in nearby Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. His success can't be determined until current airline incentives run out and carriers decide whether to continue service.

4 years ago

Visit Tampa Bay Outlines 6 Tips for Welcoming Indian Visitors

Visit Tampa Bay Outlines 6 Tips for Welcoming Indian Visitors

Paul Guzzo, The Tampa Tribune

Tourism-oriented businesses around the U.S. and the world are learning about foreign cultures in an attempt to welcome and attract travelers from growing economies like India and China.

5 years ago

Tampa Bay Tourism Says Winter Storms Are Driving Visitor Bump

Tampa Bay Tourism Says Winter Storms Are Driving Visitor Bump

Jamal Thalji, Tampa Bay Times

Visit Tampa Bay's latest ad campaign was perfectly time Florida ad campaign had the good fortune of launching just as a series of winter storms hit the Northeast and officials say it's led to an increase in bookings and searches.

5 years ago

Tampa Airport Unveils Images of $928 Million Planned Upgrades

Tampa Airport Unveils Images of $928 Million Planned Upgrades

Jamal Thalji, Tampa Bay Times

Lagging behind international airports, especially those in Europe and Asia, U.S. airports are now pouring millions into upgrades that makes the hubs brighter, more entertaining places to fly into or connect.

5 years ago

Tampa Tourism Officials Say Industry Close to Reaching Pre-Recession Levels

Tampa Tourism Officials Say Industry Close to Reaching Pre-Recession Levels

Associated Press

Business and leisure travel is increasing across the U.S. and individual cities are feeling the impact on a very personal level. Hosting the Republican National Convention gave Tampa an extra boost during the rebound.

5 years ago