Our Mission

We implement our mission with the following activities, including:

  • Organizing leadership missions to overseas markets that concentrates on Sister Cities and Study missions that may become targeted markets

  • Assisting inbound business and government delegations and leaders visiting our region

  • Hosting high-level speakers throughout the world for the Tampa Bay region internationally for trade and business

  • Coordinating matchmaking opportunities for business to business to grow the Tampa Bay region

  • Organizing educational programming for the public on topics related to international trade and protocol

  • Helping firms that are members of the Council achieve their international business goals by building capacity

  • Gathering information on companies and tourists that go to and from the region from different countries and targeting those countries for Tampa Bay growth.

  • Building capacity for port, airport, tourism, and university in trade and protocol.

Role of the Council

Special Initiatives

The Council handles additional coordinating functions to coordinate the Tampa Bay region internationally through trade and protocol.

Tampa Bay Consular Corps

The Council helps coordinate the Consular Corps that extends to any Consulate in the State of Florida that may not be in Tampa Bay working together to attract inbound delegations consisting of businesses and government and handling protocol issues as well as visas that enhance the Tampa Bay Region and the State of Florida.

World Bank Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO)

The Council works closely with the State Enterprise Florida trade manager in the Tampa Bay region and who is also the designated Liaison for World Bank in hosting North America PSLOs for the World Bank Group. The PSLO function connects local companies and institutions to procurement and export opportunities offered by the World Bank.

International Regions Benchmarking Consortium (IRBC)

The Council works closely with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers in the region to network and attend benchmarking trips around the United States to find solutions for common issues such as talent attraction, maintaining and growing research universities, and building globally competitive cities while conserving scarce resources. 

 Discover Tampa Bay



Welcome to Tampa Bay! Situated along Florida’s Gulf Coast, this region boasts an enviable quality of life with year round sunshine, a unique cultural heritage and a diverse business climate. For both individuals and companies alike, Tampa offers accessibility, affordability and opportunity.


Business climate

Tampa Bay is making a name for itself! In 2015, the region received numerous accolades, including: Best Places to Retire (No. 1, WalletHub), Best Airport in the U.S. (No. 2, Conde Nast Traveler), Best American City for Sports Travel (No. 4, Hotels.com and SeatGeek), Best Small Business Cities (No. 19, Biz2Credit), and Best Cities to Find a Job (No. 24, WalletHub).

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arts & entertainment

Tampa Bay is packed with entertainment, cultural, and leisure attractions for families. Winner of 4.5 stars from TripAdvisor in 2014, ZooTampa at Lowry Park features 1,000 animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats, water play areas, wild rides, educational shows, and interactive opportunities to get closer to wildlife.



Tampa Bay has an exceptionally strong network of nearly 20 hospitals - many ranked on “America’s Best Hospitals” list by U.S. News and World Report. This top-quality medical service includes many leading specialties staffed by doctors who have received national recognition.



Sports and Tampa Bay are an unbeatable combination. Professional sports teams keep spectators on their feet with championship runs while perfect weather and a pristine physical environment make Tampa Bay an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.



Tampa Bay’s commitment to excellence in education produces a well-trained workforce for employers. There are opportunities for learners of all ages seeking degrees and technical certifications.


Contact Us

Have a question for the Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council? Please complete the online inquiry form.

Mailing Address 

PO Box 420 

Tampa, FL 33601 

Physical Address

201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 2900

Tampa, FL 33602-5846

Executive Office Fax

(813) 223-7899

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