Okaloosa County will use BP funds to give tourists $200 debit cards

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Posted on The Destin Log by Dusty Ricketts

Okaloosa County condominiums and hotels could soon see a boost in reservations as the tourism officials roll out their BP-funded program to attract tourists later this month.

Starting Sept. 17, the first 5,000 people who make a minimum two-night reservation between Sept. 17 and Oct. 31 at one of the registered bed-tax collectors in Okaloosa will receive a $200 debit card that can be used for purchases in the county.

“It was an incentive for guests booking new reservations and increasing our occupancy,” said Mark Bellinger, executive director of the Tourist Development Council. “I think it was a win-win situation for all businesses located within Okaloosa County. This is a $1 million program that gets put right back into the community. All businesses benefit, whether it’s the gas stations, the retail, the lodging the restaurants, the fishing, you name it.

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