Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WMBB) – Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport opened in 2010 and now 11 years later it finally has its first commercial venture, the new Hilton Garden Inn.
The hotel had a smooth opening on July 8th.
Three days later, the airport experienced several delayed flights and the hotel rose to 100% occupancy.
The new hotel is approximately one mile from Beaches International Airport and is definitely designed for the traveler.
The hotel lobby has a flight tracker for passengers to monitor their flight status, as well as a free shuttle between the hotel and the airport terminal.
The hotel is also pet-friendly and is equipped with a generator that can power the entire first floor, including the kitchen, computers and bedrooms.
According to the hotel’s general manager, Katja Chatfield, this makes the hotel an oasis in the event of a future storm.
“So let’s say, and certainly don’t hope so, if something hits this area, we can definitely be that center of support for people to come to us, be in our lobby until things go right. and take advantage of the fact that we have electricity, said Chatfield.
ECP Executive Director Parker McClellan is delighted that the hotel is part of the airport campus.
“It makes it easier for our passengers and airport employees,” said McClellan. “Now not everyone is super stressed because there is a place to go, so it’s a win-win for everyone.”
Mcclellan said he was excited about the other ongoing developments as well.
“As we view Venture Crossings as an industrial park with future businesses at the airport, we have the ability to perform maintenance and overhaul and other businesses as well as our passengers,” said McClellan. “So it’s a great asset to be so close to the airport and I think it was a great choice for the St. Joe Company to do so.”
This hotel is the fifth in the hotel division of the St. Joe Company.
They have six other hotels currently under development or under construction.
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