"GET THE FACTS ON TAMPA BAY"
GET THE FACTS ON TAMPA BAY 400 N. Tampa Street, Suite 2800 n Tampa, FL 33602 n 813.223.1111 n 813.229.6616 n www.VisitTampaBay.com Tampa is much more than sun and fun – there’s excellent employment opportunities, exploding CLIMATE residential prospects and a diverse group of people that make Tampa Bay a welcoming and Tampa enjoys a temperate, semi-tropical climate vibrant community. In addition, the Bay area marked by an average winter temperature of shines with exciting entertainment and world- 62.5 degrees Fahrenheit and an average summer class attractions. Tampa Bay is home to rich temperature of 81.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Year- history, opulent architecture and diverse culinary round average rainfall totals 46.7 inches. cuisine. Visitors can experience vibrant nightlife, relaxing beaches and innovative art LOCATION year round. Tampa is located on Florida’s west coast. Its SIZE AND POPULATION central location makes it easy to get to the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and all Tampa is Florida’s third most populous city attractions throughout Central Florida via I-4 (following Miami and Jacksonville); (Orlando is located just 84 miles east of Tampa). Hillsborough county is Florida’s fourth most Hillsborough County is connected to Pinellas populous county. County and the beaches by the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Howard Franklin and Tampa 327,220 Gandy bridges. Hillsborough 1,115,960 Tampa Bay Area 3.9 million *MSA Hillsborough Bay and Tampa Bay border Tampa and Tampa still contains Florida's largest open- *MSA includes Hillsborough and Pinellas water estuary, which stretches 398 square miles counties and Pasco and Hernando counties to at high tide. the north. The county’s two major rivers, the Hillsborough and the Alafia, empty into the bay. Land Hillsborough County encompasses 1,048 square elevation in the county ranges from sea level to miles of land and 24 square miles of inland nearly 179 feet above sea level. water area. Incorporated cities are Tampa, GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND Temple Terrace and Plant City. Major unincorporated areas are Brandon, Ruskin, Tampa International Airport : Tampa Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Sun City Center International Airport offers an average of 265 and Ybor City. daily nonstop scheduled departures to 50 domestic destinations and 44 weekly nonstop scheduled departures to seven international markets. For passenger traffic, TPA carried 19,045,390 total passengers in 2005 – an increase of nearly 10 percent from 2004. Tampa International Airport continues to receive manages 207 buses on 30 routes, nine charming numerous awards for being one of the world’s rubber-tired trolleys and eight electric streetcars most user-friendly air travel facilities. For the that connect downtown Tampa with countywide third time, Tampa International Airport placed pick up and drop off locations. The “In Town among the world’s best for overall passenger Trolley” runs north and south through satisfaction according to the J. D. Power and downtown and connects to the “TECO Line Associates 2004 Global Airport Passenger Streetcar System,” which runs from downtown Satisfaction Study. to the Channel District/Port and Ybor City – In addition, TPA only $150/ride or $3/day for unlimited rides. finished 1st in overall passenger Main Interstates: I-75 and I-275 travel north- satisfaction in the south; I-75 bypasses Tampa while I-275 travels midsized category through the city and over the Bay. Both connect and 3rd worldwide to I-4, which travels east-west, connecting in 2003; and Condé Tampa Bay to Orlando and the east coast of Nast Traveler Magazine once again rated Tampa Florida. International Airport among the best in the world, receiving the 3rd highest point total Rail and Bus: Amtrak National Rail Passenger overall in the 2003 Readers’ Choice Awards. Service and Greyhound Bus Lines both service Tampa, with stations in downtown Tampa. Tampa International is located just five miles Amtrak operates out of historic Tampa Union west from downtown Tampa. Station offering north-south connections as well as links to nationwide rail travel. Carriers: Air Canada, AirTran, America West, American, British Airways, Cap Air, Cayman MAJOR VISITOR ATTRACTIONS Airways, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Gulfstream International, Independence Air, • Adventure Island JetBlue Airways, Midwest, Northwest and • Big Cat Rescue Southwest Airlines, Song, Spirit, Ted, United, • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay US Airways, US Airways Express and WestJet. • Canoe Escape • Derby Lane Port of Tampa: The largest port in the • Dinosaur World southeast, the Port of Tampa serves as a pleasure • Fantasy of Flight and industrial port. Tampa offers cruise options • The Florida Aquarium from Garrison Seaport Center via Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America and Royal • Florida Holocaust Museum Caribbean cruise lines. The Port of Tampa is one • Florida International Museum of the fastest growing cruise ports in the U.S., • Henry B. Plant Museum with passenger counts passing 810,114 in 2003 • Historic Bok Sanctuary and is the largest economic generator in the • J.B. Starkey’s Flatwoods Adventures Central West Coast of Florida. • Lowry Park Zoo • MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) Taxis & Shuttles: Average taxi service from • Salvador Dali Museum TIA to downtown is $20 (flat rate). Tampa is a • St. Pete Times Forum call destination, not a flag destination. Most • Tampa Bay History Center hotels offer shuttle service to the airport and • Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center major attractions. • Tampa Museum of Art • Tampa Theatre Public Transportation: Hillsborough Area • Ybor City and Ybor City State Museum Regional Transit Authority (HARTline) provides inter-city bus service. HARTline With approximately 20,000 hotel rooms, MAJOR EVENTS & FESTIVALS including 1,800 committable rooms downtown (by date) near the convention center, 4,000 rooms within four miles of the convention center, Tampa is a • Outback Bowl – January great destination for meetings and conventions. • Black Heritage Festival – January The 600,000-square-foot waterfront convention • Gasparilla Distance Classic – January center features a 200,000-square-foot exhibit • Gasparilla Children’s Parade & Piratechnic hall and recently expanded to double its number Extravaganza – January of breakout rooms to 40. The waterfront Tampa • Gasparilla Pirate Fest – January Convention Center is located in the heart of • Florida State Fair – February downtown, minutes from Tampa International • Fiesta Day – February Airport. Just two blocks from the center is the 20,000-seat St. Pete Times Forum, The Florida • Sant’Yago Illuminated Night Parade – Aquarium, cruise port and Channelside February entertainment complex. • Florida Strawberry Festival – March • Gasparilla Festival of Arts – March • Number of hotels: 188. Number of hotel • St. Patrick’s Parade – March rooms: 20,000 (as of 2004) • Apollo Beach Manatee & Arts Festival – • Bed Tax: 5%. Sales Tax: 7%. Total tax for March accommodation: 12%. • Bern’s Winefest – April • Occupancy in 2004 was 67.9%. Average • Ruskin Tomato & Heritage Festival – May Daily Rate (ADR) was $81.57. • Freedom Fest – July • High Season: January through April, • NSRA Southeast Street Rod Nationals – Shoulder Season: May, October and October November. Value Season: June through • Tampa Gay & Lesbian International Film September, December. Festival – October • Guavaween – October VISITOR ECONOMIC IMPACT • Ruskin Seafood & Arts Festival – November • Victorian Christmas Stroll – December • Visitors increased 2.5% in 2004, accounting for 16.90 million visitors to SPECTATOR SPORTS Tampa/Hillsborough County. • Visitors’ expenditures increased 13.5% in • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Pro Football 2004 to over $2.87 billion. • Tampa Bay Lightning – Pro Hockey • Domestic visitors make up 53.2% of the • Tampa Bay Devil Rays – Pro Baseball market. The top five domestic markets are • Tampa Bay Storm – Pro Arena Football New York; Chicago; Boston; Ashville- • Tampa Bay FireStix – Women’s Pro Greenville, NC; Manchester, MA. FastPitch Softball • Canada, England and Brazil are the top three • New York Yankees, Philadelphia Philies, international markets for Tampa. Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Devil Rays – Pro Baseball Spring Training CVB VISITOR SERVICES • New York Yankees – Minor League Baseball • The Tampa Bay CVB’s official Visitor • University of South Florida Bulls – College Information Center is located at the Athletics waterfront Channelside entertainment complex (Suite 108A) at the Port of Tampa. LODGING & MEETINGS Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays. • Call 813-223-2752 locally or 1-800-44- Reservation Center, Marriott Corporation are the TAMPA within the U.S. or Canada for tourism industry businesses represented among information on attractions, events and the top 30 employers in Hillsborough County. accommodations. • Website: www.VisitTampaBay.com. EDUCATION The University of South Florida is the second EMPLOYMENT largest public university system in the state and the 18th largest in the United States. Current Tampa Bay is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the enrollment exceeds 38,000. USF has one of the 17th top spot in the country for business based on largest MBA programs in the Southeast. high end, local job growth and the number of technology companies. Tampa Bay is home to Hillsborough Community College has the about a fourth of all Florida-based private highest enrollment among Tampa Bay colleges companies; one of the reasons for this is that a and universities with more than 48,000 students. vast local workforce supports its industry. Tampa Bay has the state's largest in-market ### labor force, with more than 1.86 million workers, and an unemployment rate of 1.46 This information is provided by the Tampa Bay percent. Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information, contact Brooke Maynard at The area's biggest industries are services, retail, 813/342-4053. Updated March, 2006. government, finance/insurance/real estate and manufacturing. The tourism industry represents more than 38,000 jobs and $567 million in wages in Hillsborough County. Tampa’s largest employer is the Hillsborough County School District. Tampa International Airport, Busch Gardens, Delta Air Lines Reservation Center, Continental Air Lines