Make a Video and Win $10,000

by June 4, 2009 • 1 comment

Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving five lucky winners $10,000 in cash and prizes that include customized beach vacations. That’s a grand total of $50,000 worth of prizes.

To kick off the summer travel season, this award-winning destination on the Gulf of Mexico beckons with the REAL. FUN. BEACH. travel personality video contest. Launching on Memorial Day, May 25, and continuing through Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009, this one-of-a-kind competition offers five epic prize packages tailored to the winner’s travel personality. Every package includes a five-night stay in plush, waterfront accommodations, plus customized vacation experiences, cash prizes and more.

“We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of interest in our new online contest,” says Dan Rowe, CEO, Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Since its soft launch last week, traffic to our new Web site has jumped more than 55 percent. Web visitors hail from near and far – Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Canada, the U.K., Germany and France – to learn more about Panama City Beach’s unique contest and offerings.”

So join the party. Whatever your kind of vacation fun, there’s a REAL. FUN. BEACH. prize package just for you, with travel experiences that include romantic dinners, spa packages, dolphin tours, passes to family attractions, full-day fishing excursions, seaplane rides, golf, water parks, wine tastings, VIP cards to nightlife hot spots, Yolo boards, iPods, professional cameras complete with photography lessons and more.

Looking for vacation inspiration? Panama City Beach will help you channel your inner travel personality. Take the destination’s quick quiz online at or at the “Panama City Beach Real Fun Contest” section of, and discover your kind of vacation fun.

Are you the family-fun Sandy Bottom Bunch, looking for beautiful beaches plus water parks, mini-golf, ice cream and pirate cruises? Or a Soul Surfer, who loves a stroll on the beach, day at the spa and shopping, topped off with a candlelight dinner on a breezy gulf-front terrace? Maybe you’re an Eco-Seeker, whose kind of fun is kayaking through crystalline waters. Or an adventure-loving Wave Warrior eager to fish in big tournaments and snorkel, leaving no reef unexplored. When the sun goes down, Panama City Beach lights up. For dancing, concerts, jazz clubs and more, After Dark Sharks are drawn to the destination’s vibrant nightlife.

The Panama City Beach REAL. FUN. BEACH. contest has a lot of personality, and now is your moment to let your travel personality shine! So what are you waiting for? Take the REAL. FUN. BEACH. quick quiz, create your original video and upload it at any time from Memorial Day, May 25, to July 4, 2009. No need for a big production. Any type of video – digital camera, webcam, camera phone, etc. – will do. Creating your travel personality video is part of the fun.

A panel of Beach Experts will select ten semifinalists for each travel personality. For decisions this large though, everyone is welcome to dive in. Semifinalists’ videos will be posted at, and the online polls will be open for voting from July 15 through Sept. 1, 2009. One winner in each of the five categories will be chosen by popular vote. Winners will be announced on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.

Panama City Beach boasts emerald waters and 27 miles of sugar-white sand. That’s 27 miles for all types of styles. Go to, and discover your travel personality and the REAL. FUN. BEACH. prize package that’s right for you.

Of course, some rules apply. The Panama City Beach REAL. FUN. BEACH. contest is open exclusively to residents of the U.S. who are at least 25 years of age. Entries are limited to individuals, and only one entry per person is allowed. All submissions will become property of the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau with all rights reserved. Each winner must complete his or her vacation by Sep. 7, 2010. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Panama City Beach is the REAL. FUN. BEACH. and everyone’s invited. Go to or for more information. Now, let the FUN. begin . . .

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