Walton Chamber celebrates National Tourism Day

Paul Phipps

Paul Phipps

Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

Do you know what the No. 1 industry is in the state of Florida? That would be tourism.

Walton County Chamber of Commerce celebrated National Tourism Day on Wednesday at their monthly Power of Business Luncheon held at the Hilton Sandestin.

During the luncheon, Chamber President Kellie Jo Kilberg, Walton County Tourist Development Council's Jon Ervin, and guest speaker Paul Phipps, chief marketing officer of Visit Florida, hit home the point that tourism is the main economic engine for the state. During his address, Phipps discussed the current state of tourism and the economic role it plays in Walton County. Attendees learned more about how business is affected by tourism-related trends and how it positively benefits the quality of life for residents of the area. 

"Tourism affects everyone in the state, not just the ones who work in the industry," Phipps told them.

Phipps said there are 1.6 million people visiting the state of Florida on any given day.

"Tourism drives the state; it drives commercial development," he said.

Phipps said Florida is ranked No. 1 for family vacations with its closest competitors being New York and California.



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