Sheraton Tampa East Only Tampa Hotel To Earn “Elite Gold” Meeting Certification

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Elite Gold Status Presented to Property for Outstanding Standards for Groups

The all-new Sheraton Tampa East has been named the only hotel in Tampa to be certified by Elite Meetings International (EMI), an innovative company that offers solutions to assist top planners in researching the best properties for meetings and incentives throughout North America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe.

Elite Gold status is granted by EMI’s Elite Meetings Advisory Board, a distinguished body comprised of meeting professionals and hospitality executives. The board considers the resorts and hotels based on a demonstrated commitment to providing an exceptional group experience. A number of criteria factor into the advisory board’s assessment, including the arrival experience, accommodations, meeting and event facilities, activity options, food and beverage, and most importantly, service.

“Our goal in establishing Elite Gold Certification is to offer a peer-rated resource that supports meeting planners in recognizing properties whose high level of facilities, service and amenities place them among the best hotels nationwide,” said Kelly Foy, CEO of Elite Meetings. “We’re proud to offer Elite Gold Certified status to the Sheraton Tampa East. Our endorsement reflects our belief in the outstanding standards that visiting groups can expect.”

Completely transformed in mid 2012, the Sheraton Tampa East offers 266 guestrooms, including 46 suites, with king or two double Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, LCD televisions, hypoallergenic pillows and down comforters. Plus, several guestrooms offer outdoor balconies. Junior suites feature separate living and bedroom areas and include a microwave, refrigerator and pull-out sleeper sofa. Club level rooms also are available. The hotel also houses 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The Sheraton Tampa East,, is located at 10221 Princess Palm Avenue just off I-75. The property provides complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius including popular destinations as Brandon Town Center, Seminole Hard Rock Casino and the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The Sheraton Tampa East is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (, the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.

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Bernard Kaplan