HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - 2013 is likely to be an active year for tourism development in Hattiesburg.
Officials with the Hattiesburg Convention Commission say the folks at the Hattiesburg Zoo will be particularly busy, preparing to open new exhibits featuring flamingos and zebus. They are also scheduled to open a new tiger holding facility, new education center and new animal quarantine sometime this year.
"Those are some long term projects that have taken us a little bit longer than we thought to get out, but they're critical to our growth, they're critical to our accreditation and within 2013, all three of those will open," said Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Tourism and Convention Commissions.
The staff at the African-American Military History Museum are preparing for a busy Black History Month. They'll be hosting a special exhibit on the Gulf War, with themed programming every Saturday in February at 11 a.m.
And work is continuing to progress on the Historic Eureka School Museum. Renovation is currently being done on the cafeteria and restrooms on the first floor of the facility.
It was built in 1921 and plans are to open it within two years as a civil rights museum.
"Our goal at this time, and it's an ambitious goal, is to complete this by the end of 2014 and have it open to the public," said Taylor.
Each year, about 100,000 people enjoy the Hattiesburg zoo and last year, more than 7,000 visited the African-American Military History Museum.