ResortQuest Welcomes Southwest Airlines to Panama City Beach

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Widely considered one of the world's most popular and profitable air carriers, Southwest Airlines, continues its expansion to America's favorite vacation destinations by announcing flights to Panama City Beach, Florida. ResortQuest, a leading managed vacation rental provider, celebrates Southwest's announcement, noting the benefits to travelers and ResortQuest homeowners alike.

Northwest Florida has long been a popular beach destination, despite the limited air carrier service for this area. As a result, most travelers have had to drive to places like Destin, Panama City Beach, and Fort Walton Beach, making vacations there impractical for much of the country. But now Southwest Airlines has announced flights to Panama City Beach, landing at the newly named Northwest Florida - Panama City International Airport Airport. Panama City Southwest will have 8 daily flights, from various locations, beginning May, 2010.

Northwest Florida businesses focused on travel and tourism celebrate the news, especially ResortQuest, a provider of vacation homes and condominiums. Though ResortQuest offers vacation rentals all across the country, the largest percentage of properties the company manages is in Northwest Florida. The addition of Southwest Airlines to the region means more travelers will have easy access to ResortQuest vacation rentals, which means even more bookings for property owners.

"This area has so much to offer that it's only natural for Southwest Airlines to come here," say Park Brady, ResortQuest CEO. "We have some of the best beaches in the country, and so far that's been somewhat of a secret. But that's all about to change. Whereas we used to market almost exclusively to the southeast, now we can advertise nationwide knowing the Southwest Airlines can easily get travelers here."

ResortQuest's Panama City Beach area resorts include Seychelles, Tidewater, Sunrise, Palazzo, Celadon, Rosemary Beach, Seaside, High Pointe, Dunes of Seagrove and Gulf Place Caribbean, plus thousands more properties from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Panama City Beach.

ResortQuest's homeowners are also thrilled about the news. "Many homeowners that I've spoken to are just glad they've got a new, faster way to get to their vacation home," said Lino Maldonado, ResortQuest Vice President. "But every one of our homeowners realizes that more travelers mean more bookings. We are gearing up for a major increase in demand."

ResortQuest looks forward to working with Southwest Airlines. The Southwest Panama City Beach connection is sure to make Northwest Florida one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in North America.

About Southwest
After 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines, the nation's leading low-fare carrier, continues to stand above other airlines--offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the most productive airline in the sky and offers Customers a comfortable traveling experience with all premium leather seats and plenty of legroom. Southwest recently updated its gate areas and improved its boarding procedure to make flying Southwest Airlines even more convenient. Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) currently serves 67 cities in 34 states (Service to Milwaukee begins Nov. 1 making it our 68th). Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide

About ResortQuest:
ResortQuest, one of the nation's leading vacation rental hospitality and resort real estate companies, provides a one-stop resource in North America's premier resort destinations. ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and home rentals in the U.S., based on a portfolio of nearly 10,000 vacation rental properties. With the inclusion of Partner Affiliates in North America and Europe, ResortQuest now offers over 100,000 vacation rental choices in over 140 destinations world-wide. With over a billion in sales, ResortQuest Real Estate is one of the nation's leading real estate companies focusing exclusively on resort properties, offering superior brokerage services in the country's premier beach, ski and golf destinations.

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