Where else in the world can you:  


Watch the day begin at the beach?


See the site where the first North American crossing began in 1528?


Experience the “masterworks” of a world cultural icon?


Sip Cuban coffee with your lunch?


Read a newspaper in three languages?


Pass by the US’s largest cattle herd?


Swim at a natural spring in the afternoon, or


Visit a world-class agricultural bio-engineering lab?




Finish your day waterside in a Greek fishing village, the world’s largest center for natural sponge? 


And, there’s more, right here in Tampa Bay! 

Over the past decade The International Council has had to dig deep into our region’s historic, cultural and economic assets, to identify a broad panoply of professional resources, and to look at the region in a whole new way.
This is how we “bring the Tampa Bay Region to the world”.
·  It’s not just that we have an array of newspapers and television stations; it’s about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the only tri- lingual weekly newspaper in the US, media “convergence”, and the birthplace of the first digital encyclopedia, Wikipedia. In other words, it’s about our Media and Journalism Center of Excellence. And that's why the US Department of State selected the University of South Florida St. Petersburg School of Journalism and Media Studies and the International Council to host the prestigious "Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists" for the first time in 2009.
·  It’s not just about our outstanding colleges and universities, it’s about new and world- class “centers of excellence”, like Cancer Research, Marine Sciences, National Terrorism Preparedness, Orthotics Design & Manufacturing, Education and Entrepreneurship and Port and Maritime Security.

And sometimes, it’s about the unique cultural heritage of the largest single artist collection of Salvador Dali outside of Spain, or Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural designs for a small private college campus, or the John & Mabel Ringling gifts to the world in art, design, entertainment and education. These world “brands” are all known to our international visitors – but they didn't know that they all can be seen and experienced in the Tampa Bay Region.

The International Council makes sure that hundreds of current and "next generation" of world leaders know all about what the Tampa Bay region has to offer!  




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"When you open your homes, when you open your communities, when you open your hearts to visitors from around the world, you give your guests a chance to see America at our best..."


Colin Powell,
Former US Secretary of State