Okaloosa approves contract with new promotions firm (DOCUMENT)

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM.

“Tourism and hospitality is a very significant part of our business,” Mark Mayer, the company's president, told the commissioners.

Mayer said the firm has extensive experience working for cruise lines, various states, destinations, hotel chains and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He said he is excited about promoting Okaloosa County.

“We think there’s tremendous potential, particularly in your shoulder season, to improve occupancy and revenue,” Mayer said.

Commissioner Wayne Harris, who sat on the seven-member committee that evaluated the original pool of 17 companies, praised Peter Mayer for its presentation.

“If you do half of what you say you’re going to do … we’ll be in good shape,” he said during the meeting.

The county’s contract with Peter Mayer reflects the increased oversight of tourism spending the county put into place in the wake of the Mark Bellinger fraud scheme.

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