Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229





May is Tourism Appreciation Month
April 22, 2013

The Bay County Chamber, and PierPark are again presenting "Tourism Appreciation Month". The State of Florida recognizes a week in May for Tourism Appreciation to highlight the importance of tourism in the state. The Bay County Chamber will take it a step further in conjunction with the presenting sponsors - and Pier Park, to recognize our number one industry in Bay County.


Carol Roberts, President of the Bay County Chamber says, "Serving ALL of Bay County since 1913, the Bay County Chamber understands and appreciates the tremendous impact of tourism on our local economy. We encourage you to help us celebrate and say thank you to our millions of visitors who frequent our accommodations, attractions, retailers, restaurants and more. They are how and why our community will continue to grow and prosper."


Tourism Appreciation Month is a public awareness campaign requesting for the community to say "Thank You for Visiting" to our tourists. We are asking businesses to place it on business marquees, signs and websites.


The Bay County Chamber will celebrate the month long celebration with the following events: 


First Friday- May 3rd- Florida State University Panama City Holley Academic Center
                  Networking: 7:15 a.m. - Program 8 a.m.
                  Program: Dan Rowe, Executive Director of the Tourist Development Council & Leadership Bay Class of 2012-2013 

                  Project Presentation
                  Sponsored by: and Pier Park.


6th Annual Jungleball Volleyball Tournament/Business After Hours- May 9th- Beach at Pier Park
                  Tournament: 4:30 p.m. - Business After Hours - 4:30 to 7 p.m.
                  Tournament team slots open to Bay County Chamber members only.
                  Sponsored by: and Pier Park.

17th Annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament- May 17th- Hombre Golf Club
                  Lunch/Registration: 11 a.m. - Shotgun start: Noon
                  Sponsored by:, Pier Park, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and TECO.


For more information on Tourism Appreciation Month events contact Jill McKinzie at 215.3757 or .


If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our staff members.




The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.


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