TAMPA — Between 18,000 and 20,000 tickets of the 25,000 available have been sold for the “Bollywood Oscars,” the International Indian Film Academy awards ceremonies at Raymond James Stadium on April 26, local officials said Thursday.
As many as 10,000 more people including news media, guests of corporate sponsors and others could attend the ceremony, Visit Tampa Bay President and Chief Executive Officer Santiago Corrada said.
The Saturday awards ceremony is the focus of formal activities April 24-26 that local officials hope will expand the area’s economic development and visitors industry image.
Those include a global business forum, whose participants have yet to be announced, a film workshop, movies, technical awards ceremonies and parties each night.
Just how many hotel rooms have been or will be booked for those involved in the event won’t be determined until it occurs, because many have not made travel plans yet, Corrada said.
Corrada, Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and Kiran Patel, the local physician and philanthropist who has been the driving force behind the event, spent two days in India earlier in the week in meetings with various groups to help promote the business and tourism opportunities.
The visitors bureau has filmed a 30-second video that will be used to advertise Tampa in international TV outlets.