The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) announced earlier this year that fans of Indian Cinema could expect the 15th IIFA Celebrations to make its American debut in Tampa Bay, Florida in June 2014.
This week, key delegates from Visit Tampa Bay, including Santiago Corrada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Tampa Bay, travelled to Mumbai and New Delhi to forge crucial ties before the big Weekend in June. Corrada and IIFA officials discussed a number of details ahead of IIFA’s American debut, anticipating all of the special arrangements that will need to be addressed to host India’s most celebrated business leaders and Bollywood’s A-list. Earlier this week, Corrada met with celebrated film stars, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Sohail Khan and music sensation, Sonu Nigam.
Slated to make its debut in the United States, IIFA will host the 15th year of the Tata Motors IIFA Awards in Tampa Bay, Florida next year. With world-class infrastructure and facilities and having hosted a myriad of international concerts, events and the Super Bowl four times, Tampa Bay is the ideal choice for the 15th IIFA Weekend & Awards.
Since its inception, the Academy’s main objective has been to develop and promote relationships between film industries and organizations across the world. A far cry from the average run-of-the-mill award show, IIFA was initiated as a pioneering effort to take Indian Cinema, something exclusively typical of India, and showcase it to the world.
Commenting on the occasion, Andre Timmins, Director Wizcraft International said, “IIFA has travelled a phenomenal journey over the past 14 years across the world and we are now all set to make our debut in the USA with the 15th Annual Edition of 2014 IIFA Weekend & Awards being hosted in Tampa Bay, Florida. There is unprecedented excitement and buzz within the city of Tampa Bay and state of Florida following this announcement in July and we have been overwhelmed with the warmth and welcome shown by the people of Tampa for IIFA. IIFA is equally excited and looking forward to providing Tampa the platform to become the ‘Gateway to USA’ for India and the global Indian diaspora.”
Liana Lopez, APR
Director of Communications
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SOURCE: Visit Tampa Bay
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