September 5, 2008

Palm Beach County Tourism Prepares: Hurricane Ike

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau (PBC CVB) is on full alert and in a position of preparedness for the potential impact of Hurricane Ike on South Florida. Vital information on storm conditions is continuously being updated and all sources, including national emergency tracking sites are being monitored.

The bureau's executive team is in active communication with Visit Florida, Palm Beach International Airport, the Palm Beach County Convention Center and the Palm Beach County Emergency Operation Center. The PBC CVB is in direct contact with all of our member hotel and lodging establishments in Palm Beach County, assessing availability and building a list that includes the key components of: hotel location with contact information, pet policy and rate ranges. Palm Beach International Airport is open, as are Palm Beach County beaches, hotels, restaurants and attractions.

The hotel availability information will be posted and activated on the bureau's Web site at The PBC CVB Web site will be the source to go to for impacted evacuation areas seeking accommodations in Palm Beach County. We urge all areas bearing dangerous weather conditions and proceeding with an evacuation plan, to please inform residents and travelers to confirm room availability directly with the individual hotel property and to be cautious of highway conditions.

For more information, call the media office of the PBC CVB at 561.233.3000, or Michael Hicks at Lou Hammond & Associates 561.655.3836.

About the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating a direct annual economic impact of $2.8 billion in the local economy, producing $23 million in bed tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million. The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Palm Beach County, Florida. Palm Beach County presents "The Best of Everything" -- from a multitude of accommodations, including more than 200 hotels, resorts, spas, golf courses, world-class shopping, 47 miles of pristine beaches, distinctive attractions and an assortment of cultural venues to top-notch festivals and edge-of-your-seat sporting activities. All who visit this subtropical paradise will find cities rich in diversity and home to warm, friendly people. For more information call the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 561.233.3000, or visit

Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau

CONTACT: Enid Atwater, Palm Beach County CVB, +1-561-233-3000; MichaelHicks, +1-561-655-3836, of Lou Hammond & Associates for Palm Beach County CVB

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