For over 20 years, the Chamber has taken an annual Benchmarking Visit to investigate new programs and initiatives in a city similar to our community. It gives us a chance to study one of America’s other great cities and adapt its best practices to meet the growing needs of Tampa Bay. Past visits include Baltimore, San Diego, Memphis, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Charlotte, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Austin, and Toronto.

2021 Benchmarking Visit – San Antonio

Oct. 24 – 26, 2021

San Antonio, TX

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Registration Pricing

Chamber Member $2,750
Chamber Member Spouse/Significant Other $2,150
Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay* $2,250

*Attendees must be active members of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay at the time of registration to receive the discounted rate.

Registration Includes

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk (Oct. 24 and 25)
  • Ground transportation during the program
  • All scheduled activities
  • All meals except for small group dinners on Monday evening. We will coordinate dinner arrangements, but the expense of the meal is paid by the individual
  • Access to the Benchmarking mobile event app, which includes attendee profiles and communication tool, agenda items, networking opportunities, and trip information


Attendees are responsible for booking their own flights to and from San Antonio.

The Chamber recommends direct flights from TPA to SAT through Southwest Airlines.


Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
150 E Houston St
San Antonio, TX 78205

If you would like to extend your reservation, the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk has provided a discounted nightly rate of $300, inclusive of all fees and taxes for 3 days pre- and post-event, based on availability.

Reservation extensions can be requested at the time of registration and are non-refundable.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact Meaghan Gelinski, Senior Director of Events.


Please contact Meaghan Gelinski, Senior Director of Events.

2022 Benchmarking Visit – Dublin

Jul. 31 – Aug. 5, 2022

Dublin, Ireland

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Program – 5 Hotel Nights in a Premium Hotel in Dublin

  • Full hot breakfast daily
  • Opening champagne toast on Sunday evening
  • One group lunch event for all attendees together
  • Two group dinner events for all attendees together
  • Three group excursions

All excursions promoted include private bus transportation.

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Price Packages

$5,500 Couple (Double Occupancy)
$3,500 Individual (Single Occupancy)

No more than 2 occupants per room.

Please Note

Airfare is not included in the price.

The Westin Dublin

The iconic building of The Westin Dublin is a distinguished statement on Westmoreland Street, in Dublin city centre. It is recognizable by its fa├žade & clock tower overlooking the famous Spire on one side and the pristine College Street entrance to the Banking Hall, overlooking Trinity College on the other side.

This historic landmark dates back to the 1800's and has had a number of past lives, from the home of the Royal Irish Institution, celebrating Irish Art & Culture in 1813 to robe suppliers for Trinity College students in 1847 and the flagship branch of the Provincial Bank of Ireland in the late 1800s. The jewel at The Westin Dublin is the Banking Hall, built in the 19th century and adorned with Waterford Crystal chandeliers.



Peer Exchanges: Experience how your profession relates to Dublin! Meet your career counterpart to learn how business in Dublin translates to your work in Florida. Chamber staff will send an advisory to all trip participants on ways to identify your professional counterpart.

City Tour: Learn all about Dublin on a private group tour that will take us throughout the city.

Program Session: Celebrate Tampa’s Sister City agreement with South Dublin.

Dinner: Join us for a private group dinner at the Guinness Storehouse.


Excursion: Board the bus as we embark on a tour of Trim Castle followed by a trip to Battle of the Boyne.

After returning to the city, enjoy an afternoon on your own.


Full-Day Excursion to Belfast, Northern Ireland:

  • Private group tour and time on your own at Titanic Belfast.
  • Program Session: Hear about the Brexit impact from Ireland, Northern Ireland, and United States Embassy perspectives.
  • Private tour of the Belfast Murals.

After returning to Dublin, enjoy dinner on your own.


Program Session: Smart Cities and a walking tour of the innovation hub of Europe at the Docklands. Following, a session at Accenture: The Dock.

Excursion: Take a ride with us to Powerscourt Estate for lunch on your own and an afternoon of free time.

Farewell Dinner: One final group gathering for dinner at Clontarf Castle Hotel.


Depart Dublin on your own schedule.


Please contact Meaghan Gelinski, Senior Director of Events.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact Meaghan Gelinski, Senior Director of Events.