2022 Walton County Artist of the Year:

Applications for the 2022 Walton County Artist of the Year will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, 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 

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:

The nomination period has ended! The top five nominees in each category will move onto the voting round, which is open from Sept. 27 through Oct. 22. We encourage both residents and visitors to vote for their favorite South Walton businesses, events, and activities through our online form at Remember, every vote counts and it could make the difference in winning!

We allow only one complete online form per person (no duplicates accepted). our visitor-facing partners may encourage their guests, customers, social media followers, friends, and family to vote for them. Partners can CLICK HERE to download Perfect Award voting graphics to use on their social media accounts.

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 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 Conde Nast Traveler, Thrillist, HGTV Online, Outside, and Delish, just to name a few. 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 about the opening of Artist of the Year applications, Perfect in South Walton nominations, and the Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition Artist Panel. These press releases, and others, can be viewed HERE


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 Lisa Foster, our industry relations specialist, at or (850) 333-2728 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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