Panama City Beach Is a Safe Haven for Katrina Storm Victims

Tropical Storm Katrina is leaving little more than puddles in its path as it moves through Panama City Beach, and local tourism officials report "business as usual" throughout the travel destination.

While many Panama City Beach resorts and hotels are serving as a safe haven for residents of nearby cities in Mississippi and Alabama, travel industry leaders expect rooms will still be available for vacationers planning to enjoy Labor Day weekend on the legendary beaches.

"Many of our neighbors throughout the region and neighboring states have endured the wrath of Katrina, and we are fortunate to be able to shelter families fleeing from other coastal cities," said Bob Warren, President/CEO of the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. "But we still expect to see visitors from other markets arriving later in the week to enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer."

Travelers with existing reservations in Panama City Beach should confirm those reservations by contacting the hotel property directly. Others making weekend plans should call the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Center at 1-800-PCBEACH to obtain the latest updates on hotel availability.

Panama City Beach was one of the few travel destinations in Florida's Panhandle to escape with little to no damage from Hurricane Dennis in July. In fact, according to Warren, August was among the busiest months on record.

For more information on Panama City Beach please contact the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau at (850) 233-5070 or visit the destination Web site at