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Tourist Development

    Mission & Vision

    The Tourist Development Department consists of an overall director and a convention center manager among qualified, experienced staff, who perform the mission of the Tourist Development Council, referred to as the “TDC” and known as the Convention & Visitors Bureau, or “CVB”, outside the local area. Objectives include:

    • Promote tourism sales and increase overall visitation through marketing and advertising of our beautiful Emerald Coast to the outside world, generating a maximum return on investment for the local economy.
    • Operation of the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, Emerald Coast Convention Center and Emerald Coast Film Commission, to include the Visitors Welcome Center
    • Protection and improvements to the natural environment through funding of the artificial reef program, public beach access parks, beach cleaning, beach restoration improvements, a certified mandated State of Florida beach turtle watch program, as well as the Environment Council Programs: water testing throughout Choctawatchee Bay, biannual beach clean ups and Adopt-a-county road and dune programs.*
    • Beach safety and funding of the Beach Safety Life Saving Program (funding of beach lifeguards)*
    • Funding of local, special events*
    • Research and Evaluation of success of all programs and local economy*
    • The Tourist Development Council serves as an advisory to the Board of County Commissioners
    • Ensure compliance with state statutes and local ordinances as required

                    *Also benefit local residents & economy .

    The TDC is solely-funded by the lodging tax paid by visitors staying overnight in the cities of Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Mary Esther and Cinco Bayou. Florida Statute 125.104 permits the Board of County Commissioners of Okaloosa County to levy Tourist Development Tax (TDT), and County Ordinances 89-23, 92-08, 99-08, 01-33, 05-102 and 07-58 created the Tourist Development Council, established the initial tax rate collection, and identified the special taxing districts with Okaloosa.


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Visit the Beautiful Emerald Coast (link to visitor site)

Beach Safety

  • Okaloosa County Geocache Trail
    Tax Collector TDT Collections

    Tourist Development Manual
    County Ordinance
    Pennies Distribution
    Special Event Forms
    AG Final Report of TDC Funds

  • TDC Quarterly Meetings:
    Last Thursday, 2:00 p.m. Emerald Coast Convention Center
    View Meetings

    Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Emerald Coast Film Commission

    Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council

    Okaloosa County Tourist Development Appointment Information

    TDC Appointment Process

    TDC Membership Application

    Visitor Information Center
    Ed Schroeder, Director
    1540 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549

    Email: emeraldcoast@co.okaloosa.fl.us