Pensacon

Pensacon
3:30 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Pensacon Shows Us The Money

Logo for Pensacon 2014/www.pensacon.com
Credit Penscon

It's been a couple of weeks since Pensacon took over much of downtown Pensacola, but the impact of the event on the region is still being evaluated.

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Local News
12:51 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

WUWF: Across The Coast Friday

Credit Independent News

WCOA is no longer news/talk but will be classic rock. WUWF-TV is welcoming Rick Outzen's "In Your Head" on Channel 4.

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Pensacon
4:40 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Pensacon: Weekend In Review

Saturday convention-goers had long waits due to large crowds.
Credit 2930 Creative

So Pensacon 2014 is behind us with the upper limits of organizers' predictions being reached, the Pensacola Bay Center floor reaching capacity several times Saturday, and downtown nightlife establishments reporting a busy weekend.

Later this week Visit Pensacola, who collected data during the convention, will have hard numbers to put on this impact but as the memories of Pensacon start to fade I chatted with Manda Manning, part of the Pensacon team, about the challenges and successes of the weekend and what we can look forward to next year.

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Pensacon
2:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pensacola Actor On "The Walking Dead" Meets Fans At Home During Pensacon

Jerrod Vunovich at Pensacon
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

If you see Jerrod Vunovich on TV, chances are he won't look anything like his picture here. That picture was taken this weekend at Pensacon where Jerrod sat on a panel with other actors from the AMC series The Walking Dead. Vunovich has a recurring role as one of the zombies, or walkers on the show.

The 6' 3" actor from Pensacola says he got on the show by answering an internet casting call looking for actors who were "deathly skinny". He was contacted the next day and invited to attend AMC's "Zombie School" which led to being cast as a recurring role as a walker.

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Economic Report
9:36 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Dr. Rick Harper: Pensacon Boosts Winter Economy

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the economics of the inaugural Pensacon convention. Organizers projected between 5,000 and 10,000 people would attend the event, which quickly filled the Crown Plaza Hotel and Pensacola Bay Center.  “It is big, and it’s rare that in February you have a downtown hotel reporting that it’s fully booked,” Harper says.

To further make the point on the significance of the event during the “winter visitation trough,” he says that there are just a few big weekends during the height of the tourist season that beach hotels fill up.

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