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Purdue University Students Visit the Tampa Convention Center to Learn the Ropes of Hospitality

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With waterfront views, a downtown location, and 600,000sqft of event space, the Tampa Convention Center has earned its position as a world-class facility.

Each year, we host a number of major events—many of which draw visitors from across the nation and the globe. To study how we are able to attract such large events and accommodate so many visitors, a select group of Purdue University hospitality students paid us a visit for a behind the scenes tour.

Guided by Suzanne Seder, our Director of Convention Services, the students had the opportunity to explore ballrooms, kitchens, and security offices. They also met key members of our executive team, like Eric Blanc, Director of Sales, Marketing, and Convention Services.

Through the guided tour and a series of private lectures, students were able to ask questions, see our crew members in action, and explore the behind the scenes of what it takes to operate one of the leading conference venues in the Southeast.

The Tampa Convention Center is proud of our commitment to quality hospitality, and we were thrilled to share our passion with these Purdue students. We appreciate Purdue’s partnership and look forward to future educational opportunities for the hospitality industry.


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