President’s Report

National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, the 36th annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry, will take place May 5-11. This year’s theme is “Travel Matters,” a recognition of the innumerable ways in which travel enriches lives and strengthens communities.

“The Pensacola Bay Area community has directly supported the mass success of the travel and tourism industry and in return, it’s successes are immediately returned. By creating a place that people want to live, work and play, over eight-million travelers visited our area this past year generating more than $10.3 million in local option sales taxes which goes back in to our community to maintain roads, support schools and other infrastructure needs,” President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes said. “We’re excited to celebrate these accomplishments and we hope people will join us to learn more about why travel matters to them.”


Hospitality Olympics: Monday, May 6, 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W Cedar Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32502

Visit Pensacola will kick off the week with its fourth annual Hospitality Olympics. The Hospitality Olympics is a time for industry personnel to come together in a fun environment to celebrate the industry and get to know one another better. Set to take place from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow at Blue Wahoos Stadium, teams will compete in several games for the Hospitality Olympics Cup.

Partner Workshop: Tuesday, May 7, 8 – 11:30 a.m.

Skopelos at New World, 600 S Palafox Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32502

Visit Pensacola is excited to host another marketing trends workshop. This half-day educational seminar will focus on the ins and outs of hospitality and tourism marketing including creative messaging, digital ADA compliance, Majority Opinion Research and more. To register, click here.

Hospitality Hero Award Ceremony & Luncheon: Wednesday, May 8, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.

The Pensacola Grand Hotel, 200 E Gregory Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32501

For the fourth year, Visit Pensacola will host its Hospitality Hero awards during the week’s annual luncheon. Hospitality Hero awards are dedicated to front-line team members that go above and beyond to create the Pensacola Experience. Nominations are now open and will be accepted through Friday, April 27, 2019. Categories include attractions/venues, lodging, restaurant/dining and shopping. To view the application, click here. To register for the luncheon, click here.

Tourism Gives Back: Thursday, May 9, 3 – 5 p.m.

Studer Community Institute Building, 220 W Garden Street #100, Pensacola, Fla. 32502

For the second year, Visit Pensacola will host Tourism Gives Back, a day for the industry to come together to contribute to the community that we know and love.

This year we will assemble Pensacola Experience Summer bags that will be donated to underserved middle school children throughout Escambia County. Supplies and monetary donations are welcomed and may be dropped off at 1401 E Gregory Street. We are currently seeking donations for the following: sunscreen, books, art supplies, lip balm, toiletries hats, non-perishable snacks, sunglasses and attraction tickets.

Rally for Tourism: Friday, May 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

500 S Palafox Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32502

Travel Rally Day will take to the streets this year. Join Visit Pensacola to spotlight the positive impact tourism has on the Pensacola Bay Area. We will be gathering at the corner of S Palafox and Main Streets.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or my team. I hope to see you at this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week celebrations.


Steve Hayes, President