Thursday, June 29, 2006
Legislators plan visit to Holly Springs with focus on tourism
Mississippi legislators will soon be touring northern portions of the state, including Holly Springs, with members of the Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA) and the Mississippi Division of Tourism (MDT).
MTA and MDT are hosting the tour which has been designed to inform the legislators on the economic impact that tourism has on Mississippi’s five travel regions, which include the Delta, the Hills, the Pines, the Capital River and the Coastal.
Legislators have completed two previous trips where they visited numerous attractions and tourism products. The Delta Tour featured Canton, Greenwood, Cleveland, Clarksdale, Tunica and Grenada. The Capital River Tour highlighted Jackson, Vicksburg, Port Gibson and Natchez.
The officials, who are part of the House Tourism Committee (HTC) and the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee (SEDTC) will continue with the third tour June 28-30 and will visit Oxford, Holly Springs, Corinth and Tupelo.
“As the Gulf coast continues to recover in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it is encouraging to explore the variety of places and things to do that Mississippi has to offer her visitors,” said Rep. Diane Peranich of Pass Christian, chair of the HTC.
“We have really enjoyed taking part in these tours,” said Sen. Scottie Cuevas of Pass Christian, chair of the SEDTC. “We are looking forward to the upcoming tour and know it will be beneficial. We’re hoping it will help us as a committee to plan solid legislation that will strengthen and serve the needs of Mississippi’s tourism and economic growth and development.”
The group will depart from Jackson and head to Oxford to eat lunch and tour Rowan Oak, the Oxford Conference Center and the Study of Southern Culture. The evening will conclude with a reception and dinner. On Thursday, officials will depart for Holly Springs, where they will tour Audubon and Strawberry Plains, Walter Place & Botanical Gardens and have lunch. From there, officials will travel to Corinth where they will visit J.P. Coleman State Park, attend a reception and tour the Civil War Interpretive Center and Crossroads Museum. Dinner and “Pickin’ on the Square” will end the evening.
Friday the group will travel to Tupelo to tour the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, the Elvis Presley Birthplace and the Tupelo Automobile Museum. Officials will see the construction and new developments in downtown Tupelo, dine at the Tupelo Country Club and tour the Tupelo Buffalo Park. The group will head back to Jackson at 2 p.m.
“We appreciate the opportunity to spend so much time with the committee members,” said Beau Whittington, MTA legislative chairman of Jackson. “The first tours were very successful and allowed us the chance to show firsthand what we are talking about when we present our tourism product to the legislature. We look forward to the upcoming tour and showing additional components of the tourism product in northeast Mississippi.”
On May 12, 1986, the Mississippi Tourism Association, formerly known as Mississippi Travel Promotion Association, began operations with the primary objective of creating an industry-wide promotional organization with a focus centering on private sector marketing to the traveling public. That mission continues to grow as does participation from every segment of the industry - hotels, restaurants, attractions, casinos, chambers of commerce, convention & visitor bureaus and all travel related businesses. Today the more than 444-member organization is guided by a board of directors representing all parts of the state and all segments within the hospitality industry. Visit www.mstourism.com
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