Panama City Beach, FL (March 2008) – The Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber of Commerce’s top priority for 2008 has been to relocate its offices to a larger facility which would double as a tourist and relocation information center. That goal was met on April 7, 2008, when the Chamber’s new Tourist Information Center opened at the Beckrich Centre, Panama City Beach’s newest, Class-A business center located in the heart of the Beckrich corridor. The spacious, state-of-the-art lobby is informative and historical, educational, entertaining and fun, and is the perfect resource for visitors coming to the area looking for accommodations, things to do, demographics, economic stats and community information. Directional DOT (Department of Transportation) signs are being placed all over Panama City Beach guiding visitors to the new location.
“Our new lobby combines a variety of communications and information mediums in a cutting edge, first-of-its-kind environment,” says Marta Rose, Senior Vice President of Marketing and PR for the Chamber. “The colors, style and décor of the space, not to mention the technology that went into this lobby, give it a uniqueness in the community. This is an attraction people will not want to miss.”
The interactive touch-screen kiosks will promote shopping, accommodations, eateries and fun activities. A “Virtual Floor,” powered by a built-in motion detection engine, will interactively intermingle Flash animated nature effects. The boldly colorful history wall features artwork and facts on Hernando DeSoto’s trek into Northwest Florida in 1539, nearly 500 years ago. The lobby’s Coastal Chic-style sitting area faces a large flat screen featuring “The Best of PCB,” a Travel Channel-style hosted program showcasing resorts, restaurants, attractions, community events, and relocation information.
The Chamber’s Tourist Information Center is planning a reservations and concierge service selling tickets for tours, area attractions, sporting events, cultural events, restaurants and ecotourism/nature-related activities. The Community Board Room, with a big screen and teleconferencing capabilities, will host Board meetings, monthly focus forums and quarterly New Member Welcome Days. The building is Wi-Fi enabled for complimentary Internet access.
“The Chamber has tripled in size over the last twenty years,” says Debi Knight, President and CEO of the Chamber. “It is critical to the tourism industry that we promote our community and region to the best of our ability. Our number one goal as a non-profit membership organization is to help our business members grow.” Knight says the Chamber has been working for over two years to relocate to a larger facility on the ground level that has ample parking, highly-visible signage, a community board room, and a large lobby to take care of visitors, residents and businesses. “We look forward to working with the surrounding chambers and TDC’s in the region.”
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Marta Rose, Senior Vice President Marketing & PR