Welcome to the official 2019 Phi Iota Alpha convention website. I am excited to welcome you to the “Big Guava” of the south, Tampa, Florida.
Tampa is a city rich in Latin cultural history and heritage. In the late 1800’s, the area became the heart of the tobacco industry with its easy port access as a city located right off the Gulf of Mexico while at the same time being located at the southeastern tip of the U.S. railroad system which allowed national distribution of its products. This boon led to the influx of Cuban and other Spanish immigrants to the Gulf coast and the history of this city reflects that heritage. If you are new to the city, I would encourage you take advantage of tours and related events which will allow you and your family to take in the history of the fourth largest city in the southeast. Our hotel will be located near to Ybor city which provides a diverse venue of activities as well as fine dining. We ourselves plan to host a few events in that area to allow our brotherhood to enjoy the richness of that location. If you are looking to turn this year’s convention into a week long event for you and your family, the city is located about an hour and half away from Orlando, Florida so I would encourage you to enjoy some family time at Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World or one of the other many venues which the Central Florida location provides prior to coming down to Tampa with your family.
The banquet each year serves as the main event of the convention and this year it will be no different. This year for the first time, we are booking a yacht to host the banquet event. We welcome you to come aboard and enjoy one of Florida’s most beloved sunset dinner cruises in one of their spectacular dining rooms. Dance the night away, enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and take in the experience that only this mobile venue can provide. …And of course, do not forget the after party.
We will be staying at the Westin Tampa Waterside where you can experience the style, preferred amenities and its unbeatable location. Recently undergoing a $18 million transformation, this newly renovated accommodation seamlessly blends modern luxury, intuitive guest service and an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood and a handcrafted cocktails at Blue Harbour Eatery + Bar, their signature restaurant, lounge by their sparkling outdoor pool, or decompress in their modern gym.
I look forward to celebrating with you all this summer. So please secure your registration and I’ll see you in July!