Space Coast’s Bonnie King Retires After 32 Years

It was a great run. As deputy director of tourism and film commissioner for Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, Bonnie King ends a three-decades-long career in the tourism business.

King will retire on June 30, 2019. In her roles over the years, she has served and assisted with marketing and public relations; tour and travel; and wore the hat of film commissioner, promoting the area as a destination for film and TV productions. She will leave the Office of Tourism after successfully seeing that the Space Coast has been selected as the location for the new TV show The Right Stuff.King was the first to be hired on staff to support the director of tourism as marketing specialist when the Office of Tourism opened in October 1987. During her tenure, as directors came and moved on, she served as interim director until a new one was found.

“It was never my intention to stay and be the director,” Bonnie says, “because I knew I would not be able to have my hand in as many pies as I do in my role as deputy director. It has served me well.”

King has participated in DF, committees of VISIT FLORIDA, National Tour Association and American Bus Association; serves as president of Film Florida, a not-for-profit association providing a leadership role in Florida’s Film, TV and digital media industry; is the liaison with her four local chambers of commerce; and serves as associate member on the boards for the local Cocoa Beach Hotel Motel Association and the Space Coast Chapter of the Restaurant and Lodging Association.

“I have always worked hard with the many members of our tourism and business community to stimulate tourism growth in order to produce economic benefits,” Bonnie says. “Hard to believe I will wake up on the morning of July 1 and then turn over and go back to sleep.”