Panama City Beach Tourism Industry

Panama City Beach is reporting record numbers in its tourism industry this year.

Labor Day weekend is usually the third busiest weekend for hotels and businesses on the beach.

With gas prices on the rise, some businesses were concerned that tourism would take a hit. However, most businesses have seen a 10 to 15 percent increase in sales.

Local Tourism Director Bob Warren says the increase in gas prices actually drives people to Panama City Beach because it is just a tank away.

“This has been an excellent summer. We have had record sales for April through July and we should close out the year well above last year,” said Warren.

Tourism leaders are expecting a $10 to $11 million dollar economic impact from the Labor Day weekend.