TAMPA - It's their first awards show in the U.S. and Bollywood's bringing it to Tampa.
A team from the International Indian Film Academy is in the Bay area touring venues and answering questions on how the Bay area beat the competition.
Andre Timmins, Director of this year's International Indian Film Festival, said the reason they chose Tampa over cities across the world and major U.S.venues like New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas is simple.
"I think Tampa has embraced us," said Timmins.
In his first television interview, Timmins revealed it's the warmth of the people here that swayed the decision.
"It's all about being wanted, as Indians we want to be loved," said Timmins. "If you go to Las Vegas, LA, New York you probably would get lost."
Timmins also said the handling of huge events like the RNC last summer impressed the committee. Already, he's traveled here three times since the July announcement and this visit a huge step.
"The main venues are almost locked in," said Timmins.
Among the sites being considered, Raymond James Stadium, the Convention Center, the Sundome, and Performing Arts. Whatever is chosen, the people who helped bring Bollywood here say it's huge.
'This is a game changer for Tampa," said Dr. Kiran Patel.
Dr, Kiren Patel, chairs the host committee and is dedicated to fundraising.
"World over the name of Tampa is resonating," said Dr. Patel.
Santiago Corrado CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, a non profit that promotes economic development through tourism couldn't agree more.
"We have had a number of events that have had an International impact but we have never hosted an award show of this caliber," Corrada.
More than 840 million people worldwide are expected to tune in.
Corrado believes that exposure will bring even more tourists to Tampa in the future.
The weekend event alone in June could add as much as thirty million to the economy. The public relations he said is priceless.
"It takes us to another level of international recognition," said Dr. Patel.
Corrado heads to India this month to help build the partnership. IFFA plans on pre-award filming here 200 days before the event and local entertainers will be chosen to do a video introduction at the awards.
But all involved agree the Bollywood Awards-go beyond the film industry.
"It's the underlying statement for America because it is the gateway," said Timmins.
"We want to be India's favorite American City," Corrado said.
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