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Hattiesburg tourism officials wrap up National Tourism Week with community picnic

Local residents and visitors gathered for a "Picnic with Hattie" at the Visitors Center in Hattiesburg Friday. Local residents and visitors gathered for a "Picnic with Hattie" at the Visitors Center in Hattiesburg Friday.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg tourism officials on Friday hosted a special free community event to conclude National Tourism Week.

The annual "Picnic with Hattie" was held at the Visitor's Center adjacent to the Hattiesburg Convention Center. Visitors were treated to fried green tomato sandwiches, fried catfish and live entertainment.

The event is held to focus attention on the importance of tourism to the Hattiesburg area economy. Among the visitors were Gerard and Necole Huguet, a couple from Paris, France who were driving through the area.  

"We saw the sign, Visitors Center, on the highway," said Gerard Huguet. "Going to the visitors centers give very good information on local places to visit," he said.

"The place (visitors center area) is very beautiful, flowers, beautiful building. It's very easy to speak with people everywhere in America," said Necole Huguet.

"The thing that we can hang our hat on more than anything else, is the hospitality that a lot of visitors discover when they come to Hattiesburg," said Kristie Fairley, deputy director of Visit Hattiesburg. "It's the number one thing that people talk about is the warmth and friendliness of the people here," she said.     

Fairley said visitors like the Huguets contributed more than $233 million to the local economy last year.

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