Small Market Meetings

NOV 2016

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footprint on the Gulf Coast of the Sunshine State and will be its seventh hotel in Florida, joining recently added Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach. The hotel will be located at the intersection of O'Brien and Laurel streets in the heart of Tampa's Westshore neighborhood. The new- construction property will be part of a com- munity gathering place built as a modern interpretation of an Italian piazza, essentially creating an intimate town square in an oth- erwise commercial area. The luxury-lifestyle hotel will be designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso, who has earned a reputation for highlighting the community activities that occur within his spaces. The property will feature 150 rooms and suites spanning five stories, a rooftop bar that highlights the spectacular sunsets and a separate rooftop event space for weddings and special gatherings. The prop- erty will also feature more than 4,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, dedi- cated venues for musical performances, a Kimpton Unveils Plans for New Tampa Hotel SAN FRANCISCO — Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants has announced it will manage a new luxury-lifestyle boutique hotel in Tampa, Florida, that will incorporate a restaurant from Michelin-starred Tuscan chef Silvia Baracchi. The property, which is slated to open in early 2018, further expands Kimpton's lobby bar, a pool and a fitness center. The new hotel will also house the first U.S. outpost for Baracchi, who gained interna- tional acclaim at Il Falconiere, a Michelin- starred restaurant and retreat in Cortona, Tuscany. The intimate fine-dining restaurant will be supplied by a new off-site, state-of- the-art hydroponic farm named Red Barn Farm, which will devote nearly eight acres of climate-controlled growing capacity exclu- sively to the property; but guests can still catch a glimpse of the growing techniques thanks to a showpiece vertical garden. "We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring this caliber of heartfelt hospitality and dining to Tampa, especially since it allows us to continue growing along Florida's Gulf Coast," said Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants CEO Mike DeFrino. "The combination of stunning architecture, a Michelin-starred chef, a fantastic rooftop and Kimpton's authentic, unscripted guest service make this a special project for us." Courtesy Kimpton Hotels Kimpton's new Tampa hotel will include an Italian piazza-style outdoor space. Photo credit: Bruno Vega THIS LLAMA IS VALUED AT $168 MILLION. With more than 2.5 million travelers visiting Peru's 11 World Heritage Sites each year, it comes as no surprise that the country's $168 million annual tourism revenue is on the rise. That's why in 2011, Tourism Cares selected Peru for a sustainable tourism initiative that engaged peers from both the North American and Peruvian tourism industries to make an impact through volunteering and distributing $80,000 in grant funding. Visit to see how your company can help make global sustainable tourism a reality. Join a growing roster of industry-leading companies committed to preserving the places we love and depend on.

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