Walton County names Matt Algarin new Tourism Director


From Rachel Jenkins, Public Information Officer, Walton County Administration

Walton County has named Matt Algarin as its new Tourism Director. “This is an amazing opportunity to serve the Walton County community and to continue sharing the stories that make our destination truly special,” he said. “Walton County has so much to offer its residents and visitors, and it’s our job to ensure that we not only embrace our community and help it grow, but continue to support our colleagues, friends and families through a thoughtful visitor economy.”

Algarin most recently served as the department’s Director of Communications and has been with the organization since 2017. Prior to joining the Walton County Tourism Department, Algarin worked in the magazine and newspaper industries, serving as the editor of two weekly newspapers.

He currently serves on the board for Explore Northwest Florida and will soon join the board of the Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Algarin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida and a Master’s Degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University. 

When he’s not working, Algarin can be found spending time with his 4-year-old son, wife and dog, or cooking up something new in the kitchen. 

“We have such an incredible, hard-working team in the Tourism Department, and I’m honored to work side-by-side with such talented individuals,” he said.

For more information about the Walton County Tourism Department, visit www.visitsouthwalton.com.