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VISITHATTIESBURG WINS TOURISM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT MTA GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM

September 26, 2018

Mississippi Tourism Association presented VisitHATTIESBURG with the 2018 Tourism Achievement Award this week at the Mississippi Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Oxford, Miss. on Sept. 23-25, 2018.

VISITHATTIESBURG ANNOUNCES #CULINARYCRAWL TO KICK OFF CITY’S FIRST RESTAURANT WEEK, OCT. 7

September 11, 2018

VisitHATTIESBURG is excited to announce #CulinaryCrawl as the kickoff event for the city’s first Restaurant Week, scheduled for Oct. 7-14, 2018.  The #CulinaryCrawl is a ticketed progressive dinner featuring stops at four Hattiesburg hotels.

VISITHATTIESBURG ANNOUNCES LOCAL TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM

September 07, 2018

VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce its new Tourism Grant Program (TGP), a dedicated fund for sponsorship of local events, festivals, and other community programs aimed to increase overnight travel to Hattiesburg.

VISITHATTIESBURG ANNOUNCES “OCTOBERFEAST,” CITY’S FIRST RESTAURANT WEEK, OCT. 7 – 14

August 28, 2018

VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the city’s first Restaurant Week, scheduled for October 7 – 14, 2018. By partnering with local restaurants and hotels to highlight culinary offerings to visitors, VisitHATTIESBURG expects this event to attract foodies from throughout the southeastern U.S.  

7TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN BBQ SHOWDOWN SET FOR AUG. 18 IN TOWN SQUARE PARK

August 13, 2018

The 7th Annual Downtown BBQ Showdown, presented by The Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, along with Brown Bottling Group- Pepsi will take place on Saturday, August 18, at Town Square Park in Hattiesburg.  Participating BBQ Teams will set up on Friday, August 17, with the public event on Friday from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. continuing until Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

AMERICANA, COUNTRY ARTIST GILLIAN WELCH PERFORMS AT SAENGER THEATER, AUG. 17

August 10, 2018

Americana music enthusiasts have another concert option in Hattiesburg as singer-songwriter Gillian Welch takes the stage at the historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater for the second installment of the summer series on Friday, August 17 at 8 p.m.

DORSEY SELECTED AS MISSISSIPPI TOURISM ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD SECRETARY / TREASURER

August 08, 2018

The Mississippi Tourism Association recently held elections for their Executive Board positions. VisitHATTIESBURG Executive Director Marlo Dorsey was voted by her peers to serve as Secretary / Treasurer for fiscal year 2018 – 2019.

MERIDIAN’S ANNA MCDANIEL CROWNED 2018 MISSISSIPPI MISS HOSPITALITY

July 23, 2018

Anna McDaniel was crowned the 2018 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Saturday evening at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg. With 31 contestants competing for the title, McDaniel was selected following the week of competition, which included one-on-one and panel interviews, speeches, on-stage interviews, and an evening gown component.

STATE’S FIRST HOTEL INDIGO SET TO OPEN JULY 17

July 05, 2018

You’ll find Hotel Indigos in metropolitan cities around the world – New York, Bali, Hong Kong, Warsaw – but since its 2004 inception, the hotel has lacked a presence in Mississippi.

Until now.

HATTIESBURG AND PETAL PARTNER TO PRESENT STAR-SPANGLED CELEBRATION ON THE RIVER, JULY 3

June 21, 2018

For the first time, the Downtown Hattiesburg Association and the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer a family-friendly Fourth of July experience. The Star-Spangled Celebration on the River will take place Tuesday, July 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Hattiesburg’s Chain Park and Petal River Park, complete with a 9 p.m. fireworks display over the Leaf River.

AMERICANA, COUNTRY ARTIST ROBERT EARL KEEN KICKS OFF CONCERT SERIES AT SAENGER THEATER, JUNE 28

June 19, 2018

Americana music enthusiasts now have two more summer concert options in Hattiesburg as singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen takes the stage at the historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater on Thursday, June 28 at 8 p.m., followed by Gillian Welch on August 17.

TOWNEPLACE SUITES HATTIESBURG MANAGER BETH BURNS WINS MARRIOTT DIAMOND GM OF THE YEAR AWARD

May 22, 2018

The TownePlace Suites hotel in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has been officially recognized by Marriott, earning two prestigious awards for the McNeill Hotel Company property. 

VisitHATTIESBURG Awards Shining Stars at 17th Annual Luncheon

May 10, 2018

During the 17th annual Tourism Partners Luncheon yesterday at the Historic Train Depot, VisitHATTIESBURG recognized thirty-two tourism industry workers as Shining Stars as part of its National Travel and Tourism Week celebrations.

VISITHATTIESBURG CELEBRATES NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK MAY 6-12

May 04, 2018

VisitHATTIESBURG is hosting a variety of community events focusing on “Travel: Then and Now” May 6-12 in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2018. The events will highlight Hattiesburg’s tourism economy growth over the last decade, while also recognizing individuals who exemplify excellent service in the hospitality industry.

Tourism Team Promotes Craft Your Own Adventure

April 13, 2018

We are thrilled the Area Development Partnership featured us on the spring issue of The Navigator. Read below to find out how the VisitHattiesburg team is promoting tourism!

Brock Returns to VisitHBURG as Programs and Promotions Manager

April 03, 2018

The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission is pleased to announce the addition of experienced tourism professional Kristen Brock as its new Programs and Promotions Manager. Brock brings extensive knowledge of Hattiesburg’s tourism industry and a strong community outreach network to the team in this community liaison role.

Beacon of Tourism: Hattiesburg the Third Most Visited City in Mississippi

March 30, 2018

Mississippi Freedom Trail Memorializes Clyde Kennard with Marker at USM

February 02, 2018

A new marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail memorializes Clyde Kennard, the first African-American student known to apply for admission to The University of Southern Mississippi.

Hunt Named Director of Sales & Visitor Services For VisitHATTIESBURG

January 15, 2018

The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission is pleased to announce the addition of experienced tourism professional Paige Hunt as its new director of sales and visitor services. Hunt brings extensive knowledge and proficiency to the leadership role having worked in both local and state tourism during her fifteen-year career.   

Hattiesburg Episode of Palate to Palette featuring Robert St. John, Wyatt Waters airs Nov. 9 on MPB television

November 09, 2017

Join two of Mississippi’s favorites – chef Robert St. John and artist Wyatt Waters – as they visit six Mississippi cities, including Hattiesburg, creating scrumptious dishes and beautiful watercolor paintings in their new television series Palate to Palette on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television. The Hattiesburg episode airs at 7 p.m. Nov. 9, with an encore presentation at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12.

Crane Named Director of Communications and Digital Strategies for VisitHattiesburg

November 01, 2017

The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission is pleased to announce the addition of Paige Crane to the team as director of communications and digital strategies.  In this role, Crane will focus on growing and strengthening Hattiesburg’s digital marketing efforts and serve as the media relations contact for VisitHattiesburg.  

Dorsey Selected as VisitHattiesburg’s New Executive Director

October 02, 2017

After an executive search process with nationally recognized firm Searchwide, the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission has selected Marlo Dorsey as its new executive director effective October 1.

VISITHATTIESBURG Launches New Tourism Website

May 30, 2017

VISITHATTIESBURG™ officially launched its new website today, which features a comprehensive listing of Hattiesburg’s restaurants, attractions, places to stay, and meeting facilities.

VISITHATTIESBURG Awards Shining Stars at Annual Luncheon

May 11, 2017

During the 16th annual Tourism Partners Luncheon yesterday at the Historic Train Depot, VISITHATTIESBURGTM recognized twenty-two tourism industry workers as Shining Stars.

VISITHATTIESBURG Celebrates National Tourism Week May 7-13

May 05, 2017

Hattiesburg’s tourism economy has continued to show impressive growth in the last decade. In celebration, VISITHATTIESBURGTM is recognizing the champions of local tourism during National Tourism and Travel Week 2017 on May 7-13 with a spread of events throughout the city that focus on the “Faces of Travel.”

Hattiesburg Commissions Raising Funds for Tourism Relief

February 13, 2017

Starting today, Feb. 13, the Hattiesburg Tourism and Convention Commissions are selling HBURG branded items in order to raise tornado relief funds. 

 

Rick Taylor Received Hub Award

November 15, 2016

Rick Taylor was honored with the Hub Award during a gala dinner and program at Lake Terrace Convention Center.

Rick Taylor Wins Leadership Award at 12-State Tourism Conference

October 28, 2016

VISITHATTIESBURG's Executive Director Rick Taylor was awarded a leadership award at a 12-state tourism conference. 

Hattiesburg Zoo Unveils 'Tigger the Tiger' Monument

October 03, 2016

The Hattiesburg Zoo unveiled its new Tigger the Tiger monument, which was donated by the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission. 

 

Dorsey Selected to Lead Marketing and Communications for VisitHattiesburg and Hattiesburg Convention Commission

September 27, 2016

VisitHattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission have named Marlo Dorsey as Director of Marketing and Communications. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Dorsey will lead public relations, advertising, communications and sales for both commissions.