Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame Names New Members
Jackson, Mississippi — October 12, 2017 — Visit Mississippi, the tourism division of the Mississippi Development Authority, has named Jeff Good, Kappi Allen and Ward Emling to the Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame.
“Each of these individuals has shown outstanding dedication to the tourism industry through their tenure, accomplishments and talents,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray.
Restauranteur Jeff Good has opened and operated three well-established restaurants in Jackson over the past two decades, including the upscale eatery Bravo, Broad Street Baking Company and Sal & Mookie’s, which specializes in pizza and ice cream. Good’s restaurants provide frontline hospitality training and opportunities for his staff, while his dedication to sourcing from local farmers provides another dimension of economic development.
Coahoma County Tourism Commission Executive Director Kappi Allen has worked in tourism for more than 20 years. She has served twice as president of the Mississippi Tourism Association, held secretary and president positions with the Mississippi Delta Tourism Association and is a board member of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.
Ward Emling served as director of the Mississippi Film Office of the Mississippi Development Authority for 30 years, during which time more than 300 films, documentaries and television projects were produced in Mississippi. Emling is a past president of the Association of Film Commissioners International and received the 2008 Arthur Lowe Crystal Vision Award for Outstanding Service to the organization.
The new members to the Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame join 26 existing members whose work has had positive impacts on travel, tourism and hospitality in the state. The first inductees were named in 2002, and new members are typically inducted on a bi-annual basis.
Travel and tourism accounted for $6.3 billion spent in Mississippi during Fiscal Year 2016, generating more than $395 million for the state’s General Fund. Mississippi hosted approximately 23 million total visitors for overnight and day trips in FY 2016, including domestic leisure, business, group and international travel.
Whether you’re exploring the nation’s history or looking for an authentic cultural experience, Visit Mississippi is here to help. Come see us at www.visitmississippi.org.