Posted by: tampachamber on Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Tampa/Hillsborough International Protocol and Trade Council (Council) is pursuing its endeavors in setting up the Tampa/Hillsborough County area as a key international trade location. In association with the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa International Airport, Port of Tampa, Tampa Bay and Company, University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa, the Council continues to enhance the international protocol and trade policies to benefit local businesses with the goal of establishing the Tampa/Hillsborough County area as a strong competitor in the global marketplace. Deborah Wilkinson, Executive Director of the Council stated, “Tampa has become a region that is reflecting its strong international expertise.  With the new hire of a Port Director, an aggressive Airport plan for recruiting new airlines to the Tampa Bay area, a strong economic development organization concentrating on foreign direct investment, two Universities that have strength in their business curriculums, a well-known organization concentrating on international visitors to the area and an established Chamber that has top leadership that understands international and a regional economic development organization that is at the helm in developing an export strategy, we can’t go wrong.” The Tampa Bay Consular Corps’ interaction with the Tampa/Hillsborough County community has enabled the Council to roll out a 2013 event calendar for many purposes such as providing existing businesses with educational forums and promoting export and import opportunities for the Tampa/Hillsborough County area. The Council’s upcoming events to date are as follows:

  • 2013 Quarterly Consular Corps events – Consular Corps receptions and visits from others outside Tampa Bay – February 26; May; August; November
  • Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day – Over 390 people and 17 Consulates present at the first Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Association of American Chamber Latin America (AACL) event
  • Mayor of Oveida, Spain
  • 2013 Military Appreciation Banquet – February 27, 2013
  • International Business Summit – March 28, 2013
  • International Days – Florida Chamber – April 2-4, 2013
  • SEUS Florida Japan Summit – June 6-7, 2013
  • SEUS South Korea – September 2013
  • La Harvre, France – October 9-10, 2013
  • SEUS Mississippi – Inbound from Japan Conference – November 17-19, 2013
  • Colombia – Barranquilla – late November/early December, 2013
  • Company Recruitment for trips to Chile (May) and South Korea (October)

For specific information or newsletter subscriptions regarding our events and/or the Council, please contact the Tampa/Hillsborough International Protocol  and Trade Council at [email protected] or  at 201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 201, Tampa, FL 33602-5846, telephone: (813) 228-7777 - fax: (813) 221-6095.