MS Tourism Association hosts 27th Annual Governor's Conference on Tourism

MS Tourism Association hosts 27th Annual Governor's Conference on Tourism

This is a news release from Visit Mississippi

Mississippi tourism professionals from across the state will convene in Vicksburg Sept. 27-29, for the 2015 Annual Governor's Conference on Tourism. The three-day conference features world renowned speakers and presenters, a silent auction and various networking opportunities. Presented by the Mississippi Tourism Association in partnership with Visit Mississippi, the 27th Annual Governor's Conference on Tourism is the premier educational event for tourism and hospitality leaders across the state.

Conference attendees represent the partners that comprise the $625 million annual tourism industry in Mississippi. Last year, 22 million visitors spent $6.1 billion in the state. According to a recent ad effectiveness survey on Visit Mississippi's tourism promotions, for every $1 invested in tourism advertising promotion, the state received a $12.93 return on investment.

"Tourism is good business for Mississippi," said Executive Director of the Mississippi Tourism Association, Rochelle Hicks. "It drives our economy, it creates thousands of jobs, and it's the face of hospitality for our state. Tourism is vital."

The Governor's Awards Luncheon, held on Monday, showcases the best and brightest tourism organizations, staff members, volunteers and projects from across Mississippi. Travel media, local festivals, volunteers and organizations of the year are all recognized at the event. Attendees will also have the chance to attend more than 10 informational sessions, meetings and panels.

For more than 20 years, MTA has represented Mississippi's tourism industry, with the goal to make even greater progress in the years ahead. The Association is known statewide as a true "voice" for the industry and works during each legislative session to make sure the hospitality business receives proper attention on all legislative matters. More information on the Mississippi Tourism Association can be found at www.mstourism.com.

For more information on the Annual Governor's Conference, contact Kristin Lape at 601-605-1825 or klape@mstourism.com.