Mississippi Celebrates Growth During National Travel & Tourism Week

Jackson, Mississippi — May 9, 2018 — Visit Mississippi and the Mississippi Development Authority are highlighting the state’s growing $6.343 billion travel and tourism industry during National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs through May 12.

“Mississippi welcomed 23.15 million visitors last year, who experienced our incredible culture, cuisine, music and history,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “Bringing more visitors to our state is vital to our future economic growth.”

The 35th annual National Travel and Tourism Week unites communities across the country to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. Across Mississippi, the industry accounts for 87,335 direct jobs and $3 billion in annual income for total direct, indirect and induced employment.

Visit Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Transportation are celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week with activities at the state’s Welcome Centers, sharing litter prevention tips and information on local attractions, as well as hosting hospitality events. Approximately 2.4 million visitors stop at one of 13 state Welcome Centers every year.

“Tourism plays such a vital role in strengthening Mississippi’s economy,” said MDOT Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District. “Economic development, travel and tourism are all driven by the state’s transportation system. MDOT will use available funds for the repair and rehabilitation of Mississippi’s highway system that will continue to move our economy forward.”

Mississippi’s newest cultural attractions—the new Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, along with the Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience in Meridian—have joined the state’s thriving travel and tourism industry in 2018.

“Every region of Mississippi has a unique story to share,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “We encourage visitors to experience our beautiful state all year.”

Welcome Center staffers are available to help visitors with questions and to assist with lodging reservations daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A full schedule of events at Mississippi Welcome Centers during National Travel & Tourism Week is available here.

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