Ebony HBCU Queens Take Over Pensacola

EbonyThis past month, Visit Pensacola played host to the Ebony HBCU Queens. The EBONY HBCU Campus Queens franchise is one of the longest running editorial features in America’s preeminent magazine focusing on the African American experience. For only the second year, Ebony chose a destination location to shoot the editorial feature. During a four-month online competition, voters select their favorite Kings and Queens from the 75 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that participate.

“The top 10 EBONY HBCU Campus Kings and Queens honor bright young Black men and women who exemplify leadership, community activism and philanthropy,” says EBONY Media Operations CEO Michael Gibson. “Given today’s climate, we make it our job at EBONY to praise and celebrate these HBCU royals and their achievements.”

Look for the photoshoot spread in the July issue of Ebony Magazine.


Insider Guides Hot Off the Press

The 2019 Insider Guides are here and available for pickup or dropoff. This year’s guide features insider experiences and stories. Please contact Leslie Brosofsky for those interested in new guides.


HGTV Island Life Coming to Pensacola Beach

Most people only fantasize about living on an island, but HGTV proves that an Island Life is possible for anyone. Tropical dreamers will be shown island properties on Pensacola Beach that fit into any budget, from ultra-affordable to totally outrageous. HGTV will follow everyday families is search of their own slice of paradise and prove that fantasy can be reality.


United Airlines to Begin new seasonal flights from Pensacola to Newark

On June 6, United Airlines will launch a seasonal direct flight from Pensacola to Newark. The airline will offer a daily flight departing Pensacola at 1:55 p.m. and arriving in New Jersey at 5:30 p.m. EST. To promote the upcoming flight, Visit Pensacola will be hosting an interactive media event in New York City to promote the Pensacola Experience. Media, stakeholders and others will be treated to a Pensacola Experience including the U.S. Navy Blue Angel virtual reality experience, flavors from local chefs, and a beach-like atmosphere to encourage travel to the Pensacola Bay Area.

Experience Pensacola

Flora-Bama Serving it Up in Nashville

Visit Pensacola and the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar have partnered to present Flora-Bama on Broadway during this year’s CMA Festival in Nashville, Tenn. The Flora-Bama will have a pop-up bar inside of Whiskey Bent promoting the Pensacola Experience with Bushwackers and a Trip Giveaway to the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival.

Flora-bama flyer

Visit Pensacola Heading to Canada

Visit Pensacola has been selected by Visit Florida to participate in a Canadian media mission spanning Toronto and Montreal. Canada is Florida’s number one international market. Visit Pensacola was one of six destinations to be selected out of a pool of 15. This mission will allow our destination to get in front of important media and influencers across the country. 


Visit Pensacola Attends Annual Sawmill Day and Car Show in Century, Fla.

The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society celebrated 30 years at its annual Sawmill Day & Car Show in the historic district of Century, Florida. The free festival featured a wide variety of cars along the street, local musicians and talent at our stage. Take a look below.

Sawmill day

Google My Business Training

If case you missed it, Visit Pensacola hosted the second installment of our digital education initiative for the industry on how businesses can expand exposure within Google’s products and improve conversion of digital audiences to actual customers.

The Google My Business training session was presented via webinar by Miles Partnership and provided tactical training covering tips and best practices for getting the most out of opportunities within Google My Business. Topics covered included:

  • Claiming and managing your account
  • Obtaining and responding to reviews
  • Tips to improve your photography
  • Adding 360 images & video
  • Removing photos from your listing
  • Leveraging Local Guides
  • Getting the most from Posts

Download the deck and watch the webinar here:


Upcoming Conferences

The Visit Pensacola team will be traveling to several conferences over the next month, including SimpleView Summit, the Public Relations Society of America and the Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations. We look forward to sharing our notes when we return!