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Tampa Convention Center named among Top 20 Centers of Excellence


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The Tampa Convention Center was named as a 2024 winner among Exhibitor Magazine’s Centers of Excellence. This prestigious list honors North America’s best convention centers for trade shows and corporate events.  “Our award-winning team and exceptional service partners are committed to providing unparalleled customer service and the very latest amenities, all with the spectacular waterfront backdrop of the thriving city of Tampa,” said David Ingram, Tampa Convention Center Executive Director. “Our clients appreciate the high level of hospitality we are known for, and we are honored to be recognized for these standards.”   The designation goes to the top event venues and facilities in the meetings and events industry. The Tampa Convention Center was among only 20 of the top-scoring venues that qualified for the honor.   Winners were based on their scores in five primary categories of criteria: facility and functionality, location and accommodations, service and execution, upgrades and expansions, and awards and industry participation.   This is the fifth year for the Annual Centers of Excellence list. As part of the rigorous evaluation process, judges surveyed event planners and/or show organizers who recently hosted events at the Tampa Convention Center. A panel of corporate exhibit managers also reviewed event spaces, selling points, and innovations at the Tampa Convention Center.   This is the second recent award the Tampa Convention Center has received. Earlier this month, the center announced it was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Convention Center in the Southeast in the Northstar Stella Awards.  About the Tampa Convention Center Located in the heart of Downtown Tampa, the Tampa Convention Center offers sparkling waterfront views of the Garrison Channel which connects to the Hillsborough River, 600,000 square feet of transformable event spaces, and state-of-the-art amenities. The Tampa Convention Center provides premier venue rental services for event and meeting planners.   The center completed its largest renovation project in history in 2023, an approximately $44.5 million Capital Improvement Plan, including an expansion containing 18 new waterfront meeting rooms. The venue is set to host 154 events in 2023, its busiest year in history, which is expected to have an estimated economic impact of $163 million for the city of Tampa.   The Tampa Convention Center partners with several companies to provide high-quality event services to exhibitors, including Aramark for food and beverage, Edlen for utilities, Encore for audio visual and rigging, Sentry Event Services for security, Smart City for Internet and telecommunications, and The UPS Store for shipping, printing, branding, and signs. To learn more about the Tampa Convention Center, go to thetampacc.com.