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Bay County Tourism Development Council addresses COVID-19 fears

Covid-19 concerns were addressed at the Panama City Beach tourist development council meeting...
Covid-19 concerns were addressed at the Panama City Beach tourist development council meeting Tuesday. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 10, 2020 at 4:50 PM CDT
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As tourism approaches its peak season in Panama City Beach, there are concerns with how the Coronavirus will affect vacationers.

These concerns were addressed at the Panama City Beach Tourist Development Council meeting Tuesday.

One thing discussed in the marketing update was how the fear with cruises and international travel, could actually drive more tourism to our area.

With no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bay County, officials want to remind everyone Panama City Beach is still open.

"We know that, with us being predominately a drive destination, that can potentially impact travel to our area and visitors that are perhaps, apprehensive to flying, feel comfortable to jump in their car and head to their favorite beach destination," Jayna Leach the vice president of marketing for Visit Panama City Beach said.

Dan Rowe, the president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach, said, "There is so much uncertainty out there but we just encourage our visitors just don't give up on us, because just use common sense and do the same things you would do at home while you are on vacation."

City officials say they will continue to listen to the Health Department and follow the advice on traveling.

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