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Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau officials plan on implementing a new strategy focusing on innovative ways to attract more tourism to the All-America City. (C.J. LeMaster, WTVA)
Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau officials plan on implementing a new strategy focusing on innovative ways to attract more tourism to the All-America City. (C.J. LeMaster, WTVA)
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Updated: 9/27/2013 10:03 am
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- This week, the Mississippi Tourism Association, in cooperation with the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division, presented a host of awards to tourism entities around the state during the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Held at Harrah’s Tunica, the awards ceremony showcased the best and brightest tourism organizations, staff members, volunteers and projects from across Mississippi.

The award recipients were as follows:

Research-In-Action Awards:

Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Capital/River Region

Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Coastal Region

Coahoma County Tourism Commission and Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Delta Region

Grenada Tourism Commission, Hills Region

Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pines Region

Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau, At-Large

Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, At-Large

Travel Media, Travel Writer: Suzanne Corbett

Travel Media, Travel Trade Publication: AAA Southern Traveler

Travel Media, Consumer Magazine: “The Art of Vicksburg…150 Years in the Making,” Legends Magazine

Travel Media, Newspaper: The Vicksburg Post

Travel Media, Broadcast: “Vicksburg: A 150-Year Walk through History,” Walt Grayson

Community Volunteer of the Year: Andi Rushton Oustalet, Christmas at Beauvoir

Governmental Friend of Tourism: State Senator Melanie Sojourner

Tourism Achievement Award: Bridging the Blues, a partnership of the Mississippi Delta Tourism Association, State of Arkansas and State of Tennessee.

Tourism Promotion of the Year: “Play Your Way” Promotion, Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mississippi Travel Attraction of the Year: Vicksburg National Military Park

Small Festival or Other Event of the Year: The Medgar Evers 50th Anniversary Commemoration, Jackson

Large Festival or Other Event of the Year: Vicksburg National Military Park Service Civil War Sesquicentennial

MTA Member of the Year: Neal McCoy, Executive Director, Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tourism Investment Award: Joann and Paul Adams, Yazoo City

Outstanding MDA Tourism Partner: Tom VanHyning, Research Program Manager

MDA Tourism Superstar: Nina Parikh, Associate Manager, Mississippi Film Office

Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Year:

Tishomingo County Tourism Council, $0-$249,999 Budget Category

Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau, $250,000-$499,999 Budget Category

Visit Oxford, $500,000 to $749,999 Budget Category

Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, $750,000 and Over Budget Category
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