Visit Tampa Bay and Visit St. Pete / Clearwater Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

Visit Tampa Bay Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

ST. PETE/CLEARWATER, FL (April 30, 2021) – In association with U.S. Travel Association, Visit Tampa Bay and Visit St. Pete/ClearwaterCelebrate the Power of Travel with destinations across the country during this year’s “National Travel and Tourism Week,”Sunday, May 2-8

“As we continue toward tourism recovery, we recognize that our progress is thanks to the hundreds of partners and thousands of frontline peers who dedicate their efforts to tourism and hospitality,” says Santiago C. Corrada, president andCEO Visit Tampa Bay. “This week is not only about celebrating the recovery wins thus far, but more about celebrating the people and places who make Tampa Bay a safe and memorable destination for visitors around the world.”

“It’s never been more important to emphasize the No. 1 employer in Pinellas County, tourism,” says Steve Hayes, President andCEO Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. “National Travel and Tourism Week is a celebration and reminder of the constant recognition frontline workers in hotels, attractions and all tourism entities deserve year-round.” 

This week will not only bring together industry peers from Hillsborough. andPinellas County, as well as across the BayAs Visit Tampa Bay and Visit St. Pete/ClearwaterUnite once more to support tourism in the BayThe following events can be used to define an area:


SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2012: 

Regional Red Lighting Demonstration

Visit Tampa Bay and Visit St. Pete/ClearwaterKickoff of the Week andOn Sunday, May 2, unite as one region with a regional lighting display. Both sides of the border are landmarks BayWe will support you andLighten up in red, which is the official colour of National Travel and Tourism Week.

Landmarks participating in the lighting include:

  • City of Tampa
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Tampa Riverwalk
  • Sparkman Wharf
  • David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Wednesday)
  • The James Museum
  • St. Pete Pier
  • Tropicana field (8:30-10.30 Sunday)
  • The Birchwood
  • The Dali Museum
  • Mahaffey Theatre
  • Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
  • Pier 60


TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2009 

‘Pineapple Cup’ Battle of the Bay Shuffleboard Tournament 

Both sides of the BayThey will fight it out. Visit Tampa Bay and Visit St. Pete/ClearwaterGet together to enjoy friendly competition at this inaugural Pineapple Cup, May 4, at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.      

As part of the week-long commemoration, Visit Tampa Bay and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s individual schedule of activities include:



Recognize andTourism support andThe City of Hospitality Tampa andHillsborough County Board of County Commissioners also will proclaim May 2-8 as “Tampa Bay Tourism Week”. 


Partner Appreciation Visits

Visit Tampa BayEach week, team members will visit partners to share their appreciation. 


Bern Laxer Award for Excellence

Visit Tampa BayIt will be bringing back the Bern Laxer Awards for Excellence andHonor nominated individuals to be tourism champions for their efforts in making sure visitors have a memorable visit. 


Tee off Tourism

Tee Off for Tourism, presented by Visit Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County’s Hotel Motel Association (HCHMA), also returns at Saddlebrook Resort. A portion of the proceeds from the popular golf tournament will fund scholarships for Hillsborough County students enrolled in Hospitality andCulinary Arts programs. 


Tampa BayBeaches TourismLuncheon

On Wednesday, May 5, Visit St. Pete/ClearwaterPresident andSteve Hayes, CEO of the company, will speak at the annual Tampa BayBeaches Luncheon along with U.S. Travel’s Roger Dow and VISIT FLORIDA’s Dana Young.


Webinar Strategic Plan

Join Visit St. Pete/Clearwater andHCP Associates, Thursday, May 6th at 3PM, as we share our plans and how you can be part of the St. Pete/ClearwaterThe tourism community can help shape the priorities andFuture of our company. REGISTER HERE.


Travel Rally

Visit St. Pete/ClearwaterThe week ends with a St. Pete-ClearwaterInternational Airport (PIE), Friday May 7, 2018, with chamber partners greeting passengers and celebrating tourism’s place in our community.

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