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Bollywood Oscars event schedule still unfolding

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

We're less than a month away from the Bollywood Oscars taking over Tampa, and some are wondering whether it will really be the "take over" initially promised.

Early estimates showed the event could have a $30 million economic impact on the Bay area.

However, the Tampa Tribune reports that many hotels still aren't filled up.

Organizers say many visitors will either stay with friends and family, or make last minute bookings.

Some vendors, like the production company AVI-SPL, confirmed with FOX 13 that it is no longer working with IIFA.

Visit Tampa Bay says, just like the Super Bowl and RNC, this is all part of the planning process.

"At the outset, there was a group of very well-meaning individuals that wanted to have a number of events called 'buzz events,' that they were gonna put on. Some were gonna be free to the public, others were going to be fundraising in nature, raise some of the private sector dollars that were gonna be necessary to put on the event and with the shortened timeline, we couldn't. It wasn't real. We couldn't put on all those events," said Santiago Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay.

That's because the event was originally slated to take place in July, but was then moved up to April. With such a short time to plan, some of those initial events had to be canceled.

"That group engaged some companies in possibly putting on some events and they never came into fruition so it had really nothing to do with the IIFA event, and I really want to make that clear," Corrada said.

Meanwhile, there was plenty of buzz at a press conference in India today, where it was announced that Indian heartthrob Hrithik Roshan will be performing at the IIFA event in Tampa.

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Here's a Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, April 23rd

IIFA Stomp

Curtis Hixon Park

7:00 p.m.

This welcome party is free and open to public

Thursday, April 24th

IIFA Rocks

Tampa Convention Center

Green Carpet - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Event - 8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Invitation Only

Friday, April 25th

IIFA Magic of the Movies Technical Awards

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Green Carpet - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Event - 8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Tickets Available

IIFA Expo

Tampa Convention Center

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 26th

IIFA Awards

Raymond James Stadium

Green Carpet - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Event - 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tickets Available

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