It's that time of year again, when snowbirds make their way to the Panhandle to enjoy the warmer temperatures and beautiful climate.
On average about 250,000 winter residents descend on Panama City Beach, providing a major boost to the economy. Last year, the Tourist Development Council generated about $800,000 in bed taxes because of the trend.
The council already has several events planned, such as their winter resident appreciation days. The first is planned for December 21st.
According to the Visitor Bureau's Vice President of Marketing, that's usually when the first round of guests arrive.
"They're usually here for about 71 days and they spend approximately $7,600 when they're here. So they're very important to our winter economy and they really appreciate coming back year after year and seeing their friends." Susan Estler says.
Aside from the resident appreciation days, the Visitor Bureau is holding a Senior Prom planned for February 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Edgewater Beach Resort. Tickets are on sale now and early estimates suggest about 700 will be in attendance.
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