• Speaker Announced for 2017 Tourism Lunch Hosted by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce

    Themed to Reflect The Year’s Tourism Trends


    ST. PETE BEACH, Florida, March 27, 2017 – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its 9th Annual Tourism Lunch Friday, May 12th, 2017.  The luncheon will be held at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort (5500 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL).


    The highly-anticipated 2017 theme, ““Destination Marketing in Economic Uncertainty”” will be presented by one of Tourism Economics’  leading strategists, Christopher Pike, Director of Impact Studies. Pike will survey the state of the US and global economies and share his firm’s view of the implications for the US travel industry over the coming year. Chris will also present recent analysis on the essential role of destination marketing and strategies for maximizing returns amidst current economic shifts.


    Christopher Pike has 20 years of experience as a professional economist with the last 15 focused on the tourism sector. Chris is responsible for measuring the economic impact of tourism activity – both broadly and for specific initiatives and projects – and has worked with dozens of state and local tourism offices. Chris manages a series of ongoing consultancy projects related to the tourist sector, including forecast and impact studies for DMAI, the U.S. Travel Association, and DMOs across the US.


    The 2017 Tourism Person of the Year to be awarded during event.


    Select Sponsorship opportunities are available.


    The event begins with check in & networking at 11:00am, followed by the program at noon. Cost is $40 per member or $50 per non-member.


    For more information or to register, please contact Julianne Wilhelm at Julianne@tampabaybeaches.com or visit TampaBayBeaches.com.

    About the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce:

    The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the Tampa Bay area, serving beach communities from Sand Key in the north to Pass-A-Grille in the south.


    Our Chamber serves two primary constituencies of members; tourism related businesses who use the Chamber to promote the area and their companies, and service related businesses who use the Chamber as a means of networking with the local business community to identify potential customers and business partners.


    The Chamber is an independent, non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors elected annually from among our members. It was created in its current form in 1997, when three previously autonomous chambers joined forces to better conduct the business of the Chamber and promote the Tampa Bay Beaches area as a whole. The Chamber operates visitor centers, one of which also serves as the central office. These facilities are staffed by a combination of volunteers and professional staff to assist our members and area visitors.