Members of the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission present Hattiesburg mayor Johnny Dupree with a symbolic check representing the amount of money tourism brought into the Hub City in 2015. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
Visit Hattiesburg Wednesday recognized two dozen people who have helped to increase tourism in the Hub City.
The annual Shining Star awards were presented during the annual Tourism Partners Luncheon and were given to employees of restaurants, hotels and other businesses that serve visitors.
A symbolic check for more than $268 million was also presented to city officials by the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission.
This is the amount of money visitors spent in Hattiesburg last year, which was an increase of $10 million from the year before.