PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., February XX, 2018– Visit Panama City Beach and the Bay County Tourist Development Council announce collections for the month of January 2018 were up 3.2 percent compared to January 2017, and the destination is currently up 5.1 percent for the fiscal year, which began October 2017.

 “Panama City Beach is built on fun, and the month of January is no exception,” states Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “Each year more and more travelers decide to ditch the winter blues and flock to Panama City Beach for our warmer weather, sunshine and our fun calendar of events.”

The destination saw thousands of winter residents visit the beach for a January retreat, many of whom continue to return year after year and encourage others to join for their annual getaway. Panama City Beach’s new season of events and values such as Winter Resident Appreciation Days, mystery golf challenges, Homecoming Dance and Social and Senior Prom drew thousands of visitors from across the country to Panama City Beach to savor time with their loved ones.

The Tourist Development Tax is a five percent tax on short-term rentals including hotels and condominiums. The tax funds marketing and promotional activities led by the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. It is also used for beach cleaning and grooming, product improvement and beach renourishment.

For more information on Panama City Beach visit or the Bay County Clerk website to learn more about the bed tax.

About Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge.  With 320 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers.  These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@Visit_PCB), Instagram (@Visit_PCB) and Facebook (@Visit_PCB).