Franklin County was honored for its tourism marketing efforts during the 46th Annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tour­ism held Sept. 11-13. The Franklin County Tourist Development Council (TDC) was awarded a bronze Flagler Award in the rural marketing category for its Salty Florida Visitor Guide and map produced in 2012. Bay Media Services owner Cynthia Clark attended the tourism conference on behalf of the TDC and was on hand to receive the award from Visit Florida President and CEO Will Seccombe.

The Visitor Guide was designed by Bay Media Services but the overall project was a collaborative effort between TDC adminis­trative and marketing vendors, including 2K Web Group, FCTV, as well as more than two dozen local photographers, researchers, editors and artists.

Flagler Awards

Named for Henry Flagler, the Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. Hosted annually by Visit Florida with sponsor support, the Flagler Awards honor individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. The 2013 Flagler Award awarded winners in 17 categories plus Best in Show at three budget levels