Bay County Chamber of Commerce celebrates local tourism


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – In an effort to show their appreciation for tourists coming to the Panhandle during a trying time, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is hosting multiple events to raise awareness of what tourism means to the area.

During the month of May, the Chamber is celebrating the tourism industry, which has a three billion dollar economic impact on our community annually.

Partnering with ‘Destination Panama City’ and ‘Visit Panama City Beach,’ these events show the outside world that Bay County is Panhandle strong and we are rebuilding.

“This is a perfect way to show our community coming back together, piecing back what we can celebrate and rebuilding our community. A lot of that starts with our hospitality industry,” said Elizabeth Smith, the Vice President of Events for the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.

Some upcoming events hosted by the Chamber include a tourism appreciation cookout at M. B. Miller Pier on May 7th, a ‘Destination Panama City’ ribbon cutting on May 9th at McKenzie Park, and will wrap up with a ‘Tourism After-Hours’ event at Barefoot Hide a Way Grill on May 14th.

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