Visit Mississippi Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

Jackson, Mississippi — May 8, 2019 — State leaders observed National Travel and Tourism Week on Wednesday by highlighting the travel and tourism industry during a special celebration at the Lauderdale County Welcome Center in Toomsuba.

“More than 24 million visitors made their way to Mississippi last year, spending $6.51 billion in communities across the state,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “Tourism is not only vitally important to the economy, but also to the preservation and celebration of our unique culture.”

National Travel & Tourism Week is celebrated each year during the second week of May.

The 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week unites communities across America to highlight why travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. Across Mississippi, the industry accounts for 89,610 direct jobs and $3.17 billion in annual income for total direct, indirect and induced employment.

To celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, Visit Mississippi hosted a Travel Matters Celebration at the Lauderdale County Welcome Center.

To learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, please visit

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