The 18th Annual Benchmarking Visit!

The benchmarking visit is now at capacity. Please click the button below to add your name to the wait list. You will be notified if a spot becomes available.

October 21-23, 2018

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The benchmarking visit is now at capacity. Please click the button below to add your name to the wait list. You will be notified if a spot becomes available.

Waiting List

For over 15 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 and Austin.

2018 Benchmarking Chair, Bruce Faulmann of Tampa Bay Times, is putting together an in-depth program designed to introduce you to every facet of Toronto, including downtown redevelopment, waterfront activation, regional collaboration, young professional attraction and retention, innovation, diversity initiatives, transportation, and more.


Please contact Meaghan Gelinski, Senior Director of Events.

Registration Pricing

Chamber Member $2,750
Chamber Member Spouse/Significant Other $2,050
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 Fairmont Royal York (Oct. 21 and 22)
  • Ground transportation during the event, including airport transfers for those who arrive and depart on the recommended flights
  • 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 app, which includes attendee profiles and communication tool, agenda items, networking opportunities, and trip information

Passport Validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required, but if your passport has less than 6 months validity remaining when you arrive in Canada it may take longer to pass through immigration control.


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

We have identified flights ideal for participation in the full agenda. We will provide airport pick-up and drop-off for those guests traveling to and from Toronto (airport code YYZ) on these flights only.


Sunday, October 21, 2018
Air Canada Flight #1655
Depart 12:25 p.m.
Arrive 3:07 p.m.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Air Canada Flight #1658
Depart 4:35 p.m.
Arrive 7:20 p.m.


Fairmont Royal York
100 Front Street W
Ontario, Canada
M5J 1E3

If you would like to extend your reservation, the Fairmont Royal York has provided a discounted nightly rate of $350, 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.