Tampa to host inaugural Florida Outcoast Convention this summer

Exterior of a tall hotel in downtown Tampa. A glowing Hilton sign is on the top of the building.

A major event will call downtown Tampa home this summer. The inaugural Florida OutCoast Convention (FLOCC) will take place this summer at the Hilton Tampa Downtown from August 1-3. This event will offer a one-of-a-kind experience for learning, strategizing and networking while addressing LGBTQ Tourism challenges, needs and opportunities.

“Never before has there been a space for Florida’s tourism and LGBTQ leaders to unite, evolve and flourish as one community,” said Rachel Covello, Publisher of OutCoast. “There is no denying that it is a challenging time in Florida for LGBTQ community members and travelers. Given that travel boycotts and LGBTQ inclusion are on the minds of tourism leaders throughout the country – and especially in Florida – the convention this August will provide a welcoming space to ‘FLOCC together’ to learn and develop solutions that will strengthen the Florida LGBTQ tourism industry.”


Florida Outcoast arrives in Tampa this summer

The convention will include general and breakout sessions, nationally recognized keynote speakers, diverse entertainment and an exhibit hall. FLOCC kicks off with an opening reception at Yeoman’s Cask & Lion, in partnership with Pink Media, on July 31. This conference also features Flamboyance, a gala celebrating LGBTQ tourism accomplishments throughout Florida, at the Florida Aquarium on August 2nd. Speakers, guest hosts, entertainers and panel information coming soon; learn more up-to-date information about the convention on its website.

FLOCC content is designed for Florida tourism leaders and employees at every level working for destination marketing organizations (DMOs), hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, LGBTQ organizations, arts and cultural institutions, media companies and travel planners.

Be a part of this historic event

Online registration for the conference is now open. For pricing information and to register early, please visit FLOCC’s registration page. For conference attendees who will need accommodations, you’re invited to take advantage of their negotiated $185 per night FLOCC Rate from Sunday July 30 to Thursday August 3 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Click here to book at the conference rate.


Hosted by OutCoast, Florida’s travel blog that highlights the best events and most LGBTQ-inclusive places to visit and live in the sunshine state, the inaugural FLOCC convention is supported by the generosity of its sponsors.

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