The Panama City Beach CVB's 2015 Tourism Appreciation Day drew a big crowd to the County Pier on a nearly cloudless Wednesday, and served more than a thousand hot dogs and hamburgers along with refreshments and ice cream while staff spread the word about the economic and quality of life benefits that tourism brings to Bay County.

The day started early for Dan Rowe, who arrived at 4 a.m. to start a series of satellite media interviews, finishing after noon when 32 separate interviews had been completed with television and radio stations across the country, in Canada, and packaged for the AP. The goal of addressing spring break concerns and pivoting the conversation toward summer fun and fall events was successfully met.

As crowds arrived for the Tourism Day celebration, CVB staff interacted directly with guests, handing out the updated tourism infographic, which highlights helpful statistics, including:

The amount tourists pay directly into our economy - More than $1.2 Billion; and
The amount of Bay County sales tax attributed to tourism & recreation - More than 30-percent

Local media was also on hand, and spoke with CVB staff and visitors, which resulted in more good news and tourism information being disseminated locally.

Many thanks to our partners at the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, and local government and tourism leaders who came out to support this great event!

Sample satellite media tour interview:
We Are Austin (TX)
WNCW (Charlotte, NC)

Local coverage available online:
News Herald