MEDIA ADVISORY - PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Grand Opening of Aloft Tampa Downtown

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Punit Shah, and the Tampa Downtown Partnership will celebrate the grand opening of Aloft Tampa Downtown with a formal ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

The Aloft, Starwood Hotel & Resort's fastest growing brand, is opening in the former Mercantile Bank office building at the southwest corner of Ashley and Kennedy in Downtown Tampa. Aloft Tampa Downtown, a vision of joint-venture partners Punit Shah of Liberty Group and Santosh Govindaraju of Convergent Capital Partners will offer 130 spacious, loft-like rooms, signature w xyz bar, re:mix lounge adjacent to the waterfront pool, and flexible meeting space and outdoor terrace area, looking out at the Tampa Riverwalk.

Media and guests will be able to take private tours after the ceremony.

Please note this is a by-invitation only ceremony which the media are invited to attend.


Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Punit Shah, Liberty Group
Greg Minder, Intown Group LLC and Tampa Downtown Partnership


Wednesday, July 23, 2014
2:30 p.m.


100 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Please note that on-site parking is limited; make transportation and parking arrangements accordingly.


Ali Glisson
Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262