South Walton in the News:

South Walton was featured in many high-profile publications recently, including Conde Nast Traveler, PureWow, Meetings Today, Convention South, Reader's Digest, StyleBlueprint Online and MSN. Examples of these press mentions can be found below, and a complete list is available HERE.


Press Release Round-Up:

South Walton recently shared information on new businesses, renovations, and retailers as part of our latest "What's New" press release, as well as Mother's Day events and happenings. This press release, and others, can be viewed HERE.


Tourism Workshops:

As part of National Travel and Tourism Week, Visit South Walton hosted three tourism industry workshops at the Linkside Conference Center within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on May 6. Speakers included: Dave Serino, founder and chief strategist at TwoSix Digital; Taylor Hill, Business Development Manager at KeyData Dashboard; and Scott Russell, Partner at Russell and Russell Consulting. Links to the workshops are available below for those who were unable to attend. 

Dave Serino: 

Taylor Hill: 

Scott Russell:


Free Hospitality Job Listings:

As Walton County prepares for the upcoming summer season, the Walton County TDC wants to help support our partners who are looking to add to their teams. We've created a job listings page on our website to share openings and opportunities. 

If you’re currently hiring staff in the hospitality industry, we’d love to help you promote available positions. For those looking for a job in the hospitality industry, we hope this is a great resource for you!

To list available positions on this page, please contact Industry Relations Specialist Lisa Foster at or call (850) 267-1216. Businesses must be located within Walton County and in the hospitality industry to be included.


Beach Safety Meeting:

As we prepare for the upcoming summer season, the Walton County TDC would like to invite our partners to attend a beach safety meeting on May 18 at the South Walton Annex located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., in Santa Rosa Beach. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and we'll plan to discuss beach safety in South Walton. 

Unable to attend in person? See the details below to attend via ZOOM:

  • Please click the link below to join the webinar:
  • Or One tap mobile:
  • US: +19292056099,,82900900192#  or +13017158592,,82900900192#
  • Or Telephone:
    • Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    • US: +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799
  • Webinar ID: 829 0090 0192
  • International numbers available:


Media Hot Leads Program:

We've launched a MEDIA HOT LEADS PROGRAM, designed to share media requests for your input directly and in real-time. Our PR agency, TURNER, will be sharing media requests with you through this dedicated email program, and you will be able to directly submit your information for media consideration.  Please note, submitting your information is not a guarantee that you will be included in editorial coverage but ensures you are considered for inclusion.   

Each email will detail the media request, as well as any special requirements from the journalist. Some of the leads might not be relevant to all our tourism partners, but the program will enable you to more easily share your news when relevant and could potentially result in additional media coverage. Please feel free to have any of your team, or PR agency partners, sign up to receive the media leads to ensure your ability to respond.

Here are a few past leads to give you an example of the type that will be shared with you through this program:

If you are interested, please sign up to receive this email communication here. You are able to opt-out at any time. 

We’re looking forward to utilizing this new and streamlined process to ensure we can share all of South Walton’s stories with the press. If you have questions about the program, please contact Patti Blake, PR & design specialist, at


What's New in South Walton:

Does your business have a new menu, maybe a new location/offering or have you recently renovated? We'd love to know "What's New" at your business. Please email Patti Blake, PR & Design Specialist, at


Update Your Business Listing:

Are you taking advantage of the free business listings on our website? CLICK HERE to register your business or access our partner portal, where you can review and update your information. If you are a visitor-facing business in South Walton and you don't have a listing, we'd be more than happy to help you create one. 

Please contact Haley Horkman, our database and web specialist, at if you need assistance.


Events Calendar:

Check out our Events calendar to find out what’s happening in South Walton! If you would like to share your upcoming event, CLICK HERE to submit your information. To learn more, contact Industry Relations Specialist Lisa Foster at or (850) 333-2728.


COVID-19 Efforts:

In light of COVID-19, the Communications team has created and is constantly updating a COVID-19 Travel Updates web page linked from our Visit South Walton homepage. Here, you’ll find information on current rules and regulations in place, as well as how to assist local businesses, which businesses are offering special services during this time, updates on restaurants and events, travel safety information, and opportunities to interact with South Walton virtually for those not yet ready to travel.

Please contact us with anything we can do to help during the current situation or if there's any information about your business(es) we can update. You can email Lisa Foster, industry relations specialist, at with your information.


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