Logistics – BBC Tampa

Who Should Attend

  • Citizen Bloggers and Writers who write about beer or the beer industry.
  • Industry Bloggers who have a blog related to their brewery or other beer industry business.
  • Digital Media Innovators who work in the world of blogging and social media.
  • Beer Industry members who would like to learn about digital media or interact with bloggers and writers in attendance.

Cost, Payment, Cancellation, and What is Included

The cost of the BBC is as follows:

  • Citizen Bloggers and Writers $120 (see agreement below)
  • Industry Bloggers $220 (see agreement below)
  • General Registrants $320

Citizen Beer Bloggers (those unaffiliated with a business or organization other than a media outlet) pay a reduced rate if you agree to write at least two blog posts about the conference. What you write about is up to you – the conference itself, a sponsor, a beer you try, the content, etc. Industry bloggers (those connected to a business or other organization) pay a partially reduced rate if you agree to write at least one blog post about the conference. If you choose not to accept this condition, you are free to register at the General Registration rate.

To sign up as a blogger, you must have an active (at least three current posts) blog that has been in existence at least three months. You must be listed as a contributor on the blog. Friends and spouses you wish to bring with you who are not clearly identified on your blog as part of the team need to sign up under the general registration category. Please be accurate in selecting your category as we will confirm your status and it takes both of us a lot of time if we have to contact you.

Beer writers connected to a media outlet are considered Citizen Bloggers & Writers even if they do not have an online blog.

The conference includes multiple beer tastings, two dinners, one or two lunches (pending sponsorship), and outstanding content. Not included in the conference price are your hotel, transportation to and from Tampa, and personal expenses. We will have an optional pre-conference excursion at a small additional price with information to come.

The Conference Hotel

Our host hotel is the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, located right on Tampa Bay in the heart of the city. This four-star property rated by Trip Advisor as the 11th best hotel in the city is a major hotel, with five on-site restaurants plus a spa, outdoor pool, and state-of-the-art fitness center. We have an excellent rate of only $129 and and you can make your BBC hotel reservations now. Please keep in mind our room block is not big enough to host everyone at the conference and it will sell out. Please also note our special rate is not available prior to Thursday July 8th and we have only a minimum number of rooms available after Saturday the 10th. However, we plan to have pre-conference and/or post-conference excursions outside of Tampa and so your before-and-after conference hotel needs might depend on that.

Transportation: Arrival and Departure

The Tampa International Airport is a major airport with excellent connections and reasonable flight costs. As compared to recent conferences, Tampa should be relatively easy for many of our attendees to reach. It even has a Cigar City Brewpub located in the restaurant!

Our host hotel is located only nine miles from the airport and the best way to reach the hotel is Super Shuttle ($12), taxi (about $25), or Uber.

You might also check flight costs for St. Petersburg – Clearwater Airport just in case.