"Thanks for all your help this past week. I have never heard so many 'thanks' to me for having THE UPS STORE in the convention facility and you have now set the playing field one level higher. I have to make sure I have the right convention center that has THE UPS STORE right inside."
David Fowler, CMP
Director Meetings and Conventions
UniPro Foodservice, Inc.
"The conference we held in Tampa was our first experience using a convention center. We had always been in a large conference hotel but simply outgrew those types of venues. The Tampa Team made the transition so smooth for us. They bent over backwards to accommodate our many requests to ensure we did not lose the intimate feel we were used to having when our entire program was under one roof. Our attendees had some concerns with the "city wide" convention aspect but once they were on site they were relieved to see how compact the foot print of the Tampa Convention Center was and how easy it was to navigate our conference. We were thrilled with our experience in Tampa and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to make that transition."
Libby A. - IBM Corporation
Global Summit 2014 Tampa
"The 24th annual IBEX recently held in Tampa was a resounding success. The show attracted 6,900 attendees, a 47 percent increase over the 2013 event. IBEX, the industry's premier trade show, drew marine industry professionals from around the globe to learn about and explore the newest in marine innovation from 558 exhibiting companies - a 15 percent increase in exhibitor participation compared to the 2013 show.
A three year Florida IBEX absence (IBEX was held in Miami for an eight year run ending in 2009) created Florida pent-up demand. This combined with the attractions that the city of Tampa provides, along with an uptick in the industry's growth contributed to the shows overall success. The Tampa Convention Center dock space was a huge hit for the show and fully utilized by IBEX."
S. Evans, NMMA