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Rain Has Positive Impact on Local Tourism

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When people book their vacations to Panama City Beach, they expect to see sunshine, but on rainy days like they don't get a whole lot of it.

Area attraction owners say that even though it seems like the rainy forecast would push people away, that actually isn't the case. 

The vacationers might be a little disappointed, but local businesses actually look forward to rainy days, because it brings more people through their doors.

Pam George, Marketing Director, Gulf World Marine Park said, "I definitely see an increase on rainy days during the summer, just because people can't go to the beach. We get a lot of phone calls when it's raining; we get "are you open? Is there anything that changes? But we are open rain or shine, so it really doesn't matter."

The rain might change the morale of the customers, but not the amount of them. 

Drew Morales, General Manager, Ripley's Believe it or Not said, "Well this summer, we have been doing really nice, but yeah especially when it rain it tends to pick up 25 or 50 percent compared to previous days last year. I know you would like to go out to the beach and enjoy the beach weather, but it's a nice alternative and they seem pretty happy when they come out here to enjoy Ripley's."

Most of the business owners said they definitely look forward to the days that only have a few scattered storms, but they do start to see cancellations when the forecast shows a full week of storms.