Living the brand: TDC names hospitality award winner, artist of the year

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM.

"We hosted 3 million people this year resulting in a direct impact of $1 billion for our county. Walton County ranks 47th in population in the state, but is in the top 10 in visitor spending. We boast of six restaurants that are recipients of the Golden Spoon award. And thanks to nourished beaches, our brand is safe for another 50 years," said Bagby, not even mentioning that the county was set to haul in a record bed tax of $2.04 million in August, an increase of 27.3 percent from August 2012’s $1.6 million.

To see a graphic charting the TDC's recent successes, click here.

Speaking of the changes he brought, Bagby told the Sun later that he attended the annual luncheons in the past and noticed when slides came on heralding the numbers, he watched the people at the tables become disengaged.

"I wanted to bring everyone together to celebrate our success, and recognize past winners and their success," he said. "In the past, we have focused on the TDC and staff and what they had done, but I wanted to focus on tourism. I didn't want a luncheon where people sit down with folks they know. It's about the beach, the sun and the water which is our product.”

Bagby said he plans to continue having the event outdoors, and there will be no slides.  

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