PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — Nearly 200 religious travel planners were in Panama City Beach on Thursday. Visit Panama City Beach hosted the Going on Faith conference for the first time, bringing together group travel planners from 25 different states.
The conference works with more than 3,000 religious travel groups, but these are not the only people who attend. Officials said it was attracting a range of planners looking for new destinations to the next destination.
“The people behind me here in this room arrange trips for almost 40,000 people a year and they spend almost $80 million here on trips,” said Charles Presley, president and founder of the Going on Faith Conference.
A trip planner from Calvary Baptist Church in New York said she initially had her mind against Panama City Beach, but after getting out and doing the grand tour she said that was no longer the case. .
“After being here and following our wonderful, wonderful guides in Steve and Helen, I can’t wait to fit this into my schedule and probably more than once. Really because I mean there’s so much to see here,” said Karen Peterson of Calvary Baptist Church.
Tourism officials said groups have already told them they plan to come for future beach events like the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.
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