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SPONSORED FEATURE


Tampa’s treasure awaits


Switch on to Tampa Bay’s pirate extravaganza, new hotels and culinary scene in 2020 – and don’t miss the Tampa Treasure Chaser competition


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ith the four-month pirate- focused Gasparilla Season upon us, Tampa Bay’s tourism treasures are in


the spotlight. To celebrate, Visit Tampa Bay has teamed up with TTG to launch the Tampa Treasure Chaser game. This addictive Pacman-style challenge can be played at tampatreasurechaser.com for the chance to win Mastercard giſt cards and pirate-themed goodies. Meanwhile, the family-friendly Gasparilla Season features the third largest street parade in the US, Gasparilla Music Festival, Gasparilla International Film Festival and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, to name a few. Other big events cropping up on the calendar in 2020 include Tampa Pride on 28 March and WrestleMania 36 at


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Raymond James Stadium on 5 April. Then, in 2021, Superbowl LV rolls into town. But it’s not just events that make


Tampa Bay one of Florida’s most exciting, diverse and cultural destinations, its hotel developments, cruise offerings, culinary scene and waterside attractions do too.


ON YOUR RADAR Notable new choices on Tampa Bay’s burgeoning hotel scene include the boutique Current Hotel, Autograph Collection, in the Westshore district; Tampa Bay’s first Tapestry Collection by Hilton property named Hotel Alba; the Hampton Inn/Home2 Suites near Port Tampa; and Hotel Haya, which will open in Ybor City this spring. Looking further ahead, a new JW Marriott hotel will open in late 2020 and a five-star Tampa Edition


in 2021. Tampa Bay’s cruise offering is also booming this year, with new ships from Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line and MSC joining Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line to home-port in the destination. Those


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION


Flights: There are direct daily flights from Gatwick to Tampa International with British Airways, while Norwegian offers three services per week. Best time to visit: To avoid hurricane season, recommend travel between November and May. Time difference: GMT-5


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