This summer, Tampa, Florida will be home to the inaugural conference for the sunshine state's LGBTQ+ welcoming destinations, hotels, businesses, nonprofits, Pride organizations, travel influencers and more. Florida OutCoast Convention (FLOCC) will be held August 1-3, 2023 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.
“Never before has there been a space for Florida’s tourism and LGBTQ leaders to unite, evolve and flourish as one community,” Rachel Covello, publisher of OutCoast, said in a written statement. A digital magazine and Florida travel blog that highlights Florida's LGBTQ-inclusive destinations and businesses, OutCoast organized the conference. “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 develop solutions that will strengthen the Florida LGBTQ tourism industry.”
Despite its truly appalling state government, Florida continues to be a top LGBTQ+ destination (read why Out Traveler chose it as one of the best places to visit in 2023 here.) Hilton is an ideal setting for the convention, having long been inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ+ travelers (and employees). Hilton Tampa Downtown is two blocks from the Riverwalk and features a 24/hour fitness center and a rooftop pool that offers gorgeous view.
The Florida OutCoast Convention will include general and breakout sessions, keynote speakers, entertainment and an exhibit hall. The conference will also feature Flamboyance, a gala celebrating LGBTQ+ tourism accomplishments throughout Florida. Speakers, entertainers and panel information are yet to be announced. Online registration begins February 14, 2023 at flocc.lgbt/registration
Hilton Tampa Downtown is offering a special $185 per night FLOCC Rate from Sunday July 30th to Thursday August 3rd. Click here to book at the conference rate.