2022 Walton County Artist of the Year:

Applications for the 2022 Walton County Artist of the Year will be accepted from Aug. 16 through Sept. 17. Now in its 20th year, this award recognizes a local artist who lives and works in Walton County and whose signature style embodies the creativity and beauty for which the area is known. 

Application and contest rules can be found at The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.

To learn more about the Walton County Artist of the Year program, contact Lisa Foster, industry relations specialist, at or (850) 333-2728. 


2022 Perfect in South Walton Awards:

It's that time of year again! The nomination period for the 2022 Perfect in South Walton Awards will be open from Aug. 16 through Sept. 10. We encourage both residents and visitors to nominate their favorite South Walton businesses, events, and activities through our online form at  

Nominations can be made in as many or as few categories as you wish, but we will accept only one complete online form per person (no duplicates will be accepted). Our visitor-facing partners may encourage their guests, customers, social media followers, friends, and family to nominate them. Partners can CLICK HERE to download Perfect Award nomination graphics on their social media accounts to drum up support and nominations. 

The top five nominees in each category will move on to the voting round, which begins Sept. 27 and runs through Oct. 22 on The top three businesses, events or activities with the highest number of votes in each category will be recognized as Diamond, Platinum or Gold winners during the Perfect in South Walton Awards presentation in January 2022. Winners will be promoted in print and online throughout the year.

To learn more about the Perfect in South Walton Awards program, please contact Lisa Foster, industry relations specialist, at or (850) 333-2728.


South Walton in the News:

South Walton was featured in many high-profile publications recently, including BuzzFeed, Trip Savvy, and Luxury Travel Magazine, just to name a few. Examples of these press mentions can be found below, and a complete list is available HERE.


New Director of Communications:

Visit South Walton recently named Matthew Algarin as its Director of Communications. Matt most recently served as the Content Manager at VSW and has been part of the South Walton team since 2017. You can contact him at or (850) 267-1216. 


Free Hospitality Job Listings:

As an added benefit, we'd like 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) 333-2728. Businesses must be located within Walton County and in the hospitality industry to be included.


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. For more information, contact Industry Relations Specialist Lisa Foster at or (850) 333-2728.


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