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Hattiesburg's Marlo Dorsey Appointed to Southeast Tourism Society Board of Directors

October 27, 2023
During the annual meeting of the membership, Southeast Tourism Society approved its slate of members to the Executive Committee for a one-year term and the Board of Directors for a two-year term. Marlo Dorsey, CEO of VisitHATTIESBURG, has been appointed as an at-large member to the regional board.

Hattiesburg's Brock Graduates with Mastery Certificate from MSU Extension's Inaugural Tourism Leadership Program

October 26, 2023

Kristen Brock, Director of Programs and Promotions for VisitHATTIESBURG, has successfully graduated from the inaugural Excellence in Tourism Leadership Program at the MSU Extension Service for Government and Community Development.

Hattiesburg Welcomes Fall With Events and Attractions for the Whole Family

October 16, 2023

This fall, this premier city in the Gulf South will come alive with spooky attractions, movie showings, local culinary events and more. Visitors and locals are encouraged to enjoy seasonal festivities in Hattiesburg this October, including many special events, shopping, and dining. 

6th Annual Hattiesburg Restaurant Week Returns For Oct. 8-14, 2023

September 13, 2023

Food lovers should mark their calendars! VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the sixth annual Hattiesburg Restaurant Week, scheduled for Oct. 8 - 14, 2023. This year’s mouthwatering theme is 'Get Cheesy,' and local restaurants are already crafting dishes to delight the palates of this ultimate foodie destination. Attracting both residents and visitors, Hattiesburg boasts nearly 200 local restaurants and stands as Mississippi's ultimate foodie hub. 

Mississippi Main Street Association members visiting Hattiesburg

August 10, 2023

Members of the Mississippi Main Street Association are in the Pine Belt for their annual retreat.

Hattiesburg Featured in 'Southern Living' Magazine

August 09, 2023

As the official marketing and management organization for Hattiesburg, the staff of Visit Hattiesburg has placed significant focus on regional and media outreach.

 

Visit Hattiesburg announces return of grant program

August 09, 2023

Leaders with Visit Hattiesburg announced the return of the organization’s Tourism Grant Program.

VisitHATTIESBURG Accepting Applications for Local Tourism Grant Program

August 08, 2023

VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the return of its Tourism Grant Program (TGP), a dedicated fund for sponsorship of local events, festivals, and other community programs that enhance tourism promotion efforts in Hattiesburg. 

Dixie Youth 8U World Series comes to Mississippi

July 31, 2023

More than 22 youth baseball teams from 12 states are in the heat of competition, hoping to be the last team standing and crowned champion of the Dixie Youth World Series.

Mississippi breweries you can visit on your next trip

July 09, 2023

Some of those specialty beers are crafted at breweries across the country, including breweries right here in Mississippi. WJTV 12 News compiled a list of some of the breweries you can visit in Mississippi on your next trip.

 

Dixie Youth Baseball World Series set to create economic impact in Hattiesburg

July 08, 2023

The city is set to host the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series at the end of this month.

 

Visit Hattiesburg's Dorsey Elected as Board President for Mississippi Main Street

July 03, 2023

Just two years ago, Marlo Dorsey, who serves as executive director of Visit Hattiesburg, was elected as treasurer of the Mississippi Main Street Association, where she was able to use her experience leading tourism and destination marketing efforts.

Hattiesburg tourism official elected board prez of state Main Street organization

June 29, 2023

The executive director of VisitHATTIESBURG recently was elected as board president of the Mississippi Main Street Association for 2023-2024.

 

7 Ideal Destinations For A 3-Day Weekend In Mississippi

June 20, 2023

Whether you are looking to enjoy a romantic getaway or a girl's trip, Mississippi is chock full of destinations for a three-day vacation that fits your needs, from exciting scenic drives along the Natchez Trace Parkway to a rejuvenating trip to a day spa in Gulfport. Whatever it may be, discover your next adventure in Mississippi.

Top Rated 5 Amazing Places To Visit In Hattiesburg, Mississippi

June 20, 2023

Let's help you create the perfect itinerary with our list of the top-rated 5 amazing places to visit in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

HATTIESBURG BRINGS HOME TWO MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET AWARDS AT ANNUAL MEETING

June 16, 2023

Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated the achievements of Mississippi Main Street communities yesterday during its annual meeting and awards luncheon, where Hattiesburg was recognized with two statewide awards. 

Dorsey, Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art receive awards from Mississippi Main Street

June 16, 2023

10 Great Places to Visit in Mississippi if You Love Art, Fashion, and Music

June 15, 2023

In this guide, we will unveil ten remarkable destinations that will captivate the hearts of art aficionados, fashion-forward individuals, and passionate music enthusiasts from around the globe

Hattiesburg's new mural shows city's cultural diversity, mayor says

June 14, 2023

On Tuesday, the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art with Downtown Hattiesburg, the city of Hattiesburg and Compadres Market owners Alfredo and Myra Sandoval welcomed the city's 45th mural, "Noche de Encanto," by Hattiesburg artist Hector Boldo.

Hattiesburg sees $5 million economic impact from Super Regional

June 14, 2023

The City of Hattiesburg saw a large economic boost during the 2023 Super Regional.

Hattiesburg Super Regional boosts Hub City economy

June 13, 2023

Hotels, restaurants and shops across the Hub City got an economic boost this weekend as the Hattiesburg Super Regional drew baseball fans from across the area to Pete Taylor Park.

 

Hattiesburg, Mississippi’s bustling ‘Hub City’

May 23, 2023

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is known as The Hub City because when the city was first founded in 1882, it was a “hub” of a transportation network for the booming lumber and railroad industries. As the city and the interstate system grew, The Hub City was known as a “hub” that would get you somewhere quickly, given it is only a two hour drive to New Orleans, an hour drive to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and just over an hour and a half to Mobile. So for any Southern road trip, from the bay to the beach or beyond, Hattiesburg is a popular spot to stop and stretch your legs. 

Public Works, Public Art Help Hattiesburg Through the Pandemic

May 22, 2023

The Mississippi city's Mayor Toby Barker recalls the highs and lows of navigating COVID-19's delta and omicron waves.

Lucky Rabbit celebrates expansion into second downtown landmark building

May 20, 2023

A downtown Hattiesburg business that’s become a regional tourist attraction has just gotten a lot bigger.

Here are 5 of the top rated restaurants in Hattiesburg for travelers and tourists

May 08, 2023

Being a key travel point between the Mississippi Coast, Mobile, New Orleans and Jackson brings many people through Hattiesburg each year and has necessitated an important distinction for the town: a thriving food scene.

Hattiesburg is one of the hidden gems of the Deep South when it comes to food, offering a wide range of options that have pulled travelers off the interstate and highways for decades.

With the help of yelp.com and a little bit of experience, we’ll break down five of the top restaurants in the Hub City so you can better plan your next trip to, or through, Hattiesburg.

Top 10 Bookstores in Mississippi

April 28, 2023

Whether in a small town or big city, book lovers know where to find both new fiction and literary camaraderie. Our readers voted on their favorite bookstores in Mississippi, and these ten shops rose to the top of the list.

The Hattiesburg Zoo In Mississippi Is The Perfect Day Trip Destination

April 26, 2023

A fun zoo day trip in Mississippi awaits you at the Hattiesburg Zoo, where you can enjoy an unforgettable experience without spending a fortune. This budget-friendly destination offers a day filled with animal encounters, educational exhibits, and fun for the whole family. Don’t let the smaller size fool you – the Hattiesburg Zoo is packed with excitement and adventure, making it the perfect day trip destination.

Gastro Obscura Guide to Southern Eats

April 18, 2023

The American South is a mecca of delectable, comforting, and enduring cuisines from an array of cultures. Ranging from Creole to soul, and from Appalachian to Zimbabwean, our multi-state guide offers a unique tasting adventure that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

'Live at 5' returns for 15th year

April 14, 2023

A beloved community event is heading into its 15th year. Hattiesburg’s “Live at 5″ has delivered music for a decade and a half for the people of the Pine Belt.

The Best Places To Travel In The U.S. In 2023, According To The Experts

April 13, 2023

The Magnolia State has everything a traveler could want in 2023, from a cutting-edge culinary scene to buzzing small towns to incredible natural beauty.

The Best Breweries In Mississippi

April 11, 2023

Mississippi is a state rich in music, food, history, and culture. It’s the birthplace of American blues and home to many talented musicians. Its seafood trail is a culinary treat, and its fertile soil powers the booming agricultural industry that grows some of the country’s best food. With so much flavor, it makes sense that the Magnolia State is home to over 22 local craft breweries, each with its own unique blend and flavors.

Hattiesburg’s Community Arts Center Lawn Becomes a Park

April 08, 2023

The City of Hattiesburg officially has a music park at Hattiesburg Community Arts Center.

How To Take the Perfect Mississippi Road Trip From the Pine Belt To The Gulf Coast

April 05, 2023

There’s something undeniably liberating about a beach vacation and disconnecting, even briefly, from desks and offices and schools and everyday life.

MMSA Holds Main Street Day at The Mississippi State Capitol

March 03, 2023

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) hosted its first Main Street Legislative Day at the Mississippi State Capitol. Special guests included Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who made remarks as the organization shared its economic impact on the state economy and highlighted ongoing downtown revitalization efforts.

Fans, Businesses Ready for USM Baseball Season

February 17, 2023

Excited fans and businesses get ready to kick off the USM Baseball Season!

Vicksburg city officials, tourism leaders visit Hub City to share resident service ideas

February 09, 2023

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker spent Wednesday with Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs and leadership counterparts to share practices for providing residents with services and quality of place opportunities.

Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival Moves to Spring, Set for March 4

February 06, 2023

Now kicking off the spring festival season, the Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival is set for Saturday, March 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Town Square Park. Presented by the Downtown Hattiesburg Association in partnership with Corner Market, the festival promises craft beer enthusiasts cooler weather, tastings, and fun.

 

VisitHATTIESBURG establishes Utility Box Trail

January 31, 2023

VisitHATTIESBURG has established a new trail to highlight the dozens of painted utility boxes in the Hub City.

USM/Coca-Cola Rodeo coming to town this weekend

January 25, 2023

The 37th annual University of Southern Mississippi/Coca-Cola Rodeo will be riding into town this weekend, set for Friday and Saturday shows at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center

VisitHATTIESBURG Launches HBURG Public Art Trail: Utility Box Edition

January 24, 2023

With 45 original paintings on utility boxes, Visit Hattiesburg has launched the HBURG Public Art Trail: Utility Box Edition, featuring artwork that connects the Hub City’s neighborhoods, main thoroughfares, and several points of interest.

Krewe Of Saint Catherine Announces Inaugural Walking Parade & Block Party

January 20, 2023

The Krewe of Saint Catherine will celebrate the Carnival season with an inaugural walking parade and block party on Friday, Feb.10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Hattiesburg.

HBURG Public Art Trail: Utility Box Edition Launched

January 19, 2023

VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the launch of its newest attraction, the HBURG Public Art Trail: Utility Box Edition. Celebrating the diversity of creative art found in the community and the artists behind the works, the trail features original paintings on utility boxes located throughout Hattiesburg.

HBURG Public Art Trail now includes Hub City utility boxes

January 19, 2023

VisitHATTIESBURG recently announced the release of the HBURG Public Art Trail: Utility Box Edition, featuring 44 utility boxes with original paintings from local and national artists.

Nationally Recognized Storyteller Set to Keynote 2023 Downtown Annual Meeting

January 18, 2023

For the fifth year in a row, the Downtown Hattiesburg Association will feature another nationally-recognized Main Street expert at its annual meeting set for Thursday, February 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot. Storyville’s Phil Eich will headline the event with “Your Story is Written in Dust.” Tickets are available to purchase, and the public is invited to attend.

 

Remembering MLK’s visit to Hattiesburg

January 16, 2023
King visited Mount Zion Baptist Church on March 19, 1968, during the prime of the civil rights movement, encouraging those around him to never give up on their dreams.

Hattiesburg Chosen Host City for the 2023 Dixie Youth World Series for Division I & II AA

January 09, 2023

It’s been more than two decades since the Hub City hosted the Dixie Youth World Series, but Hattiesburg has once again been selected as a site for 2023 baseball championship play. Champion baseball teams from 11 southeastern states will travel to Hattiesburg July 27 through Aug. 1 to vie for the Dixie Youth World Series Division I and II 8U AA titles.

Hattiesburg Chosen to Host 2023 Dixie Youth World Series

January 09, 2023

In late 2019, officials from Visit Hattiesburg adopted a five-year strategic plan that focuses on efforts to help the Hub City grow into a year-round, outdoor destination, as part of its long-term goal of becoming a premier city in the Gulf South.

Hattiesburg ushers in the New Year

January 01, 2023
The Hub City rang in the New Year with the annual “Midnight on Front Street” celebration Saturday night.

DISNEY’S ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” OPENS FESTIVALSOUTH 2023

December 22, 2022

Forrest General Hospital and Hancock Whitney Bank proudly invite the public to ‘Be Our Guest’ this summer at “Beauty and the Beast,” the most enchanted musical of all time.

HAPA UNVEILS “NATURE’S WAY,” FINAL PROJECT OF 2022

December 21, 2022

Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA) unveiled its second in a series of large-scale art projects in the Hawkins neighborhood today. Titled “Nature’s Way”, this is HAPA’s final mural of the year and the eleventh to be completed as part of the HBURG Public Art Trail in 2022.

ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED FOR MIDNIGHT ON FRONT STREET CELEBRATION

December 16, 2022

Residents and visitors alike are in for a treat with an early confetti countdown for children, two live musical acts, vendors and a street party during Midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31.

‘Whispers in the Wind,’ Parents gift ‘Wind Phone’ in son’s memory

December 16, 2022

Hiram and Melissa Kelly-Hill of Petal gifted a wind phone to the Lake Terrace Convention Center in memory of their only child, Nikolai Hill. Though not connected to a phone line or WiFi, a vintage, repurposed “Wind Phone” was recently placed in a quiet location along the walking path, beckoning visitors to make a call.

Festival South presents Beauty and the Beast

December 15, 2022

Hattiesburg’s FestivalSouth, a multi-week festival of the arts, will present its production of “Beauty and the Beast” in the summer of 2023.

VISITHATTIESBURG LAUNCHES MISSISSIPPI’S FIRST OFFICIAL GEOTOUR

December 13, 2022

A new outdoor attraction is now available in Hattiesburg, as VisitHATTIESBURG launched Mississippi’s first official GeoTour

Cities connected by rail hoping to get holiday shopping boost

December 10, 2022

Both Hattiesburg and Laurel are hoping to give holiday shopping a boost by rail.

First GeoTour in Mississippi launches Friday

December 09, 2022

VISITHattiesburg and Hub City Cache combined with their sponsors to make this GeoTour possible. The goal is to explore places you wouldn’t normally go to while still seeing the sights that Hattiesburg has to offe

2022 Mississippi Fire Chiefs Association conference underway in Hub City

December 07, 2022

Firefighters from across the Magnolia State gathered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center to discuss topics on fire safety at the Fire Chiefs Association’s Mid-Winter Conference .

The Glenn Miller Orchestra to Perform January 28th at Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theater

December 07, 2022

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, the most popular and sought-after big band in the world today with its unique jazz sound will perform January 28, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theater.

Jesse Brown story ‘Devotion’ comes to Hattiesburg for private screening

December 05, 2022

Jesse LeRoy Brown and his family, along with the cast and crew of “Devotion,” were on hand December 3 for a private reception at the African-American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, followed by a screening of the film at the Saenger Theater

Hattiesburg Zoo to introduce new Sloth Experience in 2023

December 05, 2022

Get ready to experience a Hub City animal favorite in 2023 with the Hattiesburg Zoo’s new Sloth Experience.

Mississippi High School Football Championship Games coming to USM Hattiesburg Campus Dec. 2-3

December 02, 2022

On Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) will bring the North and South football champions from all six classifications to compete in the 2022 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Gridiron Classic to The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus.

MHSAA championships boosting Hattiesburg economy

December 02, 2022

The champions on the gridiron in Hattiesburg this weekend aren’t the only winners. VisitHattiesburg says the entire city of Hattiesburg is a winner, too.

Super Smash Bros. competition growing in Hattiesburg

November 27, 2022

Hattiesburg is looking to become more competitive on the esports scene.

Pocket Museum receives American Planning Association honors

November 25, 2022

The City of Hattiesburg was recently recognized at the 2022 Conference for Alabama- Mississippi Chapters of the American Planning Association for its Pocket Museum.

Enjoy some fresh air this Thanksgiving weekend at these 5 must-see Mississippi locations

November 22, 2022

Take in the great outdoors this Thanksgiving season at these five outdoor places where you can get some fresh air and take in the state's natural wonders — for free. 

DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG RESURGENCE CONTINUES TO BUILD MOMENTUM

October 21, 2022

Over the last several years, Hub City officials – particularly those from the Downtown Hattiesburg Association – have worked to create a resurgence in the downtown area to bring more amenities and offerings, as well as fill some of the buildings that have sat vacant for quite some time.

 

HAPA Unveils Mural Celebrating USM Ahead of Homecoming Game

October 14, 2022

An iconic section of campus at The University of Southern Mississippi is now home to Hattiesburg’s newest piece of public art, titled ‘Soar and Score.’

THE BLACK PEARL HAS LANDED AT THE HATTIESBURG POCKET MUSEUM AND ITS CREW OF UNDEAD PIRATES HAVE BROUGHT THEIR BOOTY TO DISPLAY FOR OCTOBER’S EXHIBIT

October 04, 2022

Landlubbers beware! The undead pirates of the Black Pearl have landed in the alley of the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum.

2nd annual Taste of the South brings hungry Hattiesburgers to Main Street

October 01, 2022

Pine Belt Pride Week begins Monday in Hattiesburg. See what's in store

September 30, 2022

The annual Pine Belt Pride Week brings a time of celebration of being one's best self. The Spectrum Center in Hattiesburg with other organizations host daily events around the city that bring people together.

FIFTH ANNUAL HATTIESBURG RESTAURANT WEEK SET FOR OCT. 2-8

September 29, 2022

VisitHATTIESBURG is celebrating the local culinary scene during the city’s fifth annual Restaurant Week, scheduled for Oct. 2 - 8, 2022. With more than 40 participating restaurants, foodies from near and far will find something to satisfy their cravings.

Eins, zwei, g'suffa! Oktoberfest, Mobile Street Fest, other Hattiesburg events ready to roll

September 28, 2022

Hattiesburg will be full of activity this weekend as events like Oktoberfest and the Mobile Street Renaissance Festival get rolling.

 

Hattiesburg Concert Association receives 2-year, $51K grant

September 28, 2022

Saenger Theater sign returns to downtown Hattiesburg

September 28, 2022

Hub City to kick-off National Night Out celebrations at Live at Five Friday

September 19, 2022

The City of Hattiesburg is getting ready to kick off its 32nd year of celebrating National Night Out by joining Live at Five Friday.

Jones Capital headquarters in Hattiesburg is one step closer to becoming a reality

September 16, 2022

White hardhats and shiny new shovels with red bows were part of the groundbreaking for a more than $40 million investment in the city of Hattiesburg that will become the new headquarters of Jones Capital.

Golf cart registration begins in Hattiesburg

September 15, 2022

Owners of low-speed vehicles, such as golf carts, who wish to ride the roads in the City of Hattiesburg began registering to do so Thursday.

HATTIESBURG COUNCIL APPROVES NEXT STEP FOR GORDON’S CREEK COMMONS

September 13, 2022

Hattiesburg City Council members recently took the next step toward the implementation of the upcoming Gordon’s Creek Commons development, approving the location of that project’s food trucks and the organization that will manage that endeavor.

Hattiesburg Pocket Museum unveils official website

September 08, 2022

Grab a magnifying glass and peer into his tiny world where (on the desktop version) Milo, the museum curator, appears from his mouse hole to serve you wine and cheese.

What’s new at the Hattiesburg Zoo?

September 07, 2022
 There is always something new going on at the Hattiesburg Zoo.

 

Downtown Hattiesburg Brews and Bites event

September 07, 2022

Downtown Hattiesburg is gearing up for its second Brews and Bites. Food trucks will serve craft beer paired with favorite foods like shrimp and grits or tacos and jambalaya.

HATTIESBURG OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE NEW WATER PARK AT ZOO, RELOCATION OF CAMERON FIELD TO JAYCEE PARK

August 04, 2022

Ever since taking office in 2017, Mayor Toby Barker and his administration has made it one of their missions to maintain the “Hattiesburg way” of going after big projects – and getting them.

Hattiesburg made $20M during baseball regionals

June 16, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – How much money did the recent baseball tournaments at Pete Taylor Park bring in for the City of Hattiesburg? Tourism leaders believe about $20 million.

Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival set for Saturday

June 15, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - If you are looking for something to do this Saturday, the Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival will be taking place at Town Square Park.

The Hattiesburg economy hit a home run with 3 weeks of 'Baseburg'. Here's the score.

June 13, 2022

Hattiesburg is a winner when it comes to the economic impact of hosting baseball tournaments three weekends in a row.

 

Southern Miss’ postseason run brings economic boost to Hattiesburg

June 09, 2022

Hattiesburg has earned the triple crown of hosting postseason baseball for the first time- a feat that has brought unexpected economic benefits to the city and Southern Miss Athletics.

FestivalSouth Kicks Off Thursday for 13th Year

June 01, 2022

The City of Hattiesburg will be filled with art, music and other family-friendly fun starting Thursday, June 2, when FestivalSouth returns for its opening weekend.

NCAA Regional Tournament expected to bring in 25,000 people, $5M to Hub City

May 31, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - It’s been the talk of the town since Monday night when the University of Southern Mississippi found out it’s hosting an NCAA Regional Tournament, and not only will there be several big games... there will also be a big economic impact.

Hattiesburg expects big economic impact from USM hosting baseball regional

May 31, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The City of Hattiesburg is preparing for thousands of people who are expected to flood the city for the NCAA baseball tournament on Friday, June 3.

NCAA Regional Tournament expected to bring in 25,000 people, $5M to Hub City

May 31, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - It’s been the talk of the town since Monday night when the University of Southern Mississippi found out it’s hosting an NCAA Regional Tournament, and not only will there be several big games... there will also be a big economic impact.

VisitHATTIESBURG celebrates National Tourism Week

May 06, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - May 1 through May 7 marks National Tourism Week, and Hattiesburg is showing appreciation to its workers.

Eight free things to do in Hattiesburg this summer: Museums, nature, art

May 02, 2022

Hattiesburg has no shortage of things to do, but for those on a budget, there are also plenty of free activities in the Hub City. Here are a few things to check out if you are looking for something to do that won't break the bank.

VisitHattiesburg Estimates C-USA Tourney to have $5M Impact on Hub City Economy

April 25, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The Conference-USA baseball tournament is underway at the University of Southern Mississippi, and the staff at VisitHattiesburg say it’ll be a big boost to the local economy.

Upcoming race set to benefit hungry Mississippians

April 25, 2022

HATTIESBURG Miss. (WDAM) - Over 1,000 people are expected to arrive in Hattiesburg this weekend to take part in a cycling and running race.

Dozens of public art installations are drawing people to this Mississippi town

April 18, 2022

In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, art is everywhere.

In this Mississippi city, public art points a way forward

April 12, 2022

Madison Rux lives just outside Hattiesburg, Mississippi, but she finds herself in the city often. Sometimes it’s for work, sometimes for her social life. Sometimes it’s to get a moment to herself to think clearly, alone, while she strolls the city until she runs into one of her favorite works of public art.

 

Artist chooses Hattiesburg for her 50 state mural tour

March 17, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - An artist who is trying to paint a mural in all 50 states chose Hattiesburg for her Mississippi location.

How Mississippi Emerged as a Leader in Tourism Recovery

March 17, 2022

While most destinations throughout the country are still reeling from COVID-19’s devastating economic impact on the travel industry, few locales have successfully pivoted and adapted as quickly as the state of Mississippi. 

HUBFEST FESTIVAL RETURNS TO HUB CITY WITH RECORD BREAKING CROWDS

March 03, 2022

Record breaking crowds poured into the downtown Hattiesburg streets last saturday, March 26, to celebrate the 35th Annual HUBFEST. 

VisitHattiesburg working with state legislature to help tourism industry recover from pandemic

February 15, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - COVID-19 impacted several sectors including the tourism industry.

TRAVEL & LEISURE MAGAZINE NAMES HATTIESBURG A ‘MUST-SEE’

January 06, 2022
Travel & Leisure Magazine recently listed Hattiesburg, MS as one of the “must-see pieces of public art around the world.” 

Hattiesburg makes Travel + Leisure ‘Top 11′ list for cities with must-see public art

January 05, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - One Pine Belt city is making a name for itself globally thanks to its abundance of public art.

This Mississippi city is recognized globally as a top place for public art. Find out why.

January 04, 2022

Paris. New York. Berlin. Hattiesburg. These four cities have something in common. Each is on a list of 11 cities in the world recognized as leaders in public art

 

VisitHATTIESBURG asking legislature for same-level funding for 2022

January 02, 2022

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The tourism group, VisitHATTIESBURG, is asking the state legislature to consider funding the Mississippi Tourism Recovery Fund at the amount received in 2021.

VISITHATTIESBURG EARNS THREE STATEWIDE HONORS AT GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM

October 26, 2021

HATTIESBURG, MISS. (Oct. 26, 2021) – VisitHATTIESBURG was honored with three statewide awards at the Mississippi Governor’s Conference on Tourism last week, hosted by the Mississippi Tourism Association in Jackson. These awards include Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) of the Year for budgets $500,000 to $999,000, the Tourism Promotion of the Year Award and the newly established Tourism Resiliency Award.

Visit Hattiesburg shares annual report and tourism recovery updates

October 12, 2021

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Tourism is the fourth largest industry in Mississippi and of course, the pandemic impacted its revenue.

More than a walk in the park: These 5 Hattiesburg-area parks offer other options, too.

October 10, 2021

With the weather cooling as Hattiesburg eases into fall, residents are heading outside to take advantage of the city and surrounding area's numerous parks for some outdoor recreation.

VisitHATTIESBURG Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

October 06, 2021

GULF SHORES, Ala. (Oct. 5, 2021)—It is with honor that the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the
national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, present VisitHATTIESBURG with a 2021 Readers’
Choice Award.

VisitHATTIESBURG, restaurants partner for Hattiesburg Restaurant Week

October 05, 2021

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Dozens of Hattiesburg restaurants have teamed up with VisitHATTIESBURG to celebrate culinary tourism during the fourth annual Hattiesburg Restaurant Week.

4TH ANNUAL HATTIESBURG RESTAURANT WEEK KICKS OFF SATURDAY, OCT. 2

September 30, 2021

HATTIESBURG (Sept. 30, 2021) — VisitHATTIESBURG is celebrating the local culinary scene during the city’s fourth annual Restaurant Week, scheduled for Oct. 2 - 9, 2021. With more than 40 participating restaurants, this year’s restaurant offerings are bigger and tastier than ever.

DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG'S "FIRST SATURDAY" SERIES BEGINS OCT. 2

September 16, 2021

Hattiesburg, MS (Sept. 16, 2021) - Downtown Hattiesburg is excited to introduce its new event series, First Saturday, happening monthly and featuring different themes, activities, and specials from local merchants. Visitors and locals are invited to explore downtown during October’s First Saturday on Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR HBURG ½ MARATHON · 10K · 5K BENEFITS 13 PINEBELT NONPROFITS

August 27, 2021

HATTIESBURG (AUG. 27, 2021)  The 10th annual Hattiesburg Half Marathon • 10k • 5k is set for Saturday, April 2, 2022. The race provides fundraising opportunities for participating Pinebelt nonprofits, while also attracting runners to the Hub City from numerous states. Online registration is officially open for all three race routes. 

VISITHATTIESBURG ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM

August 26, 2021

HATTIESBURG (August 26, 2021) — VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the return of its Tourism Grant Program (TGP), a dedicated fund for sponsorship of local events, festivals, and other community programs that increase overnight travel to Hattiesburg. Applications for the Tourism Grant Program are now being accepted for consideration.

Family-friendly activities in Hattiesburg offer an ideal family getaway

July 23, 2021

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg, a charming Gulf South city that offers something for all ages, recently welcomed two giraffes, hyenas and Colobus monkeys in an expanded Africa exhibit at the Hattiesburg Zoo. The new expansions at the zoo, along with the city’s museums, expansive public art, outdoor recreation and diverse culinary scene, make now the perfect time to book a summer family getaway to Hattiesburg.

 

Kayak, canoe in Mississippi: What you need to know about paddling trails, newest blueway

June 03, 2021

The number of paddling trails for kayakers and canoers is continuing to increase in Mississippi as the interest in outdoor activities grows.

VisitHBURG Celebrates the "Power of Travel" During National Tourism Week, May 2-8

May 05, 2021

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), an annual recognition of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, spotlights the Power of Travel and its collective strength and impact on economic recovery.

 

Go exploring, earn prizes: See sculptures, murals on new Hattiesburg Public Art Trail

April 08, 2021

Hattiesburg has a longstanding tradition of supporting public art with many murals and sculptures on display throughout the city. The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission has made it easier to find them all with its new Public Art Trail.

HBURG PUBLIC ART TRAIL AND HATTIESBURG ART-A-THON LAUNCHED

April 07, 2021

VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the launch of its newest attraction, the HBURG Public Art Trail. Celebrating the diversity of art found in the community and the artists behind the works, the trail features more than 40 sculptures and murals.

HBURG PUBLIC ART TRAIL AND HATTIESBURG ART-A-THON LAUNCHED

April 07, 2021

VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the launch of its newest attraction, the HBURG Public Art Trail. Celebrating the diversity of art found in the community and the artists behind the works, the trail features more than 40 sculptures and murals.

HAPA UNVEILS FIRST PROJECT OF 2021

March 05, 2021

Titled “Courage”, the newest design highlights people, industries, and organizations whose service and leadership have greatly contributed to the advancement and growth of community and country. The piece is dedicated in honor of the many acts of courage exhibited throughout Hattiesburg’s history.

VisitHattiesburg offering virtual tours for Black History Month

February 21, 2021

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - For Black History Month, VisitHattiesburg is bringing attention to the many virtual opportunities people can be a part of for February.

Hub City native honored with mural for Black History Month

February 21, 2021

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - A new mural is being created in Hattiesburg to celebrate a local native as a part of Black History Month.

 

11 DELICIOUS THINGS TO EAT IN HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI

December 08, 2020

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is a great destination for food lovers. With over 200 local restaurants, there are an endless variety of dishes to eat there.  After spending 48 hours in the Hub City, here is my personal list of 11 things to eat in Hattiesburg.

NEW HOLIDAY DAY INN EXPRESS COMING TO HUB CITY

December 07, 2020

 A new hotel is coming to Hattiesburg.

HAPA UNVEILS NEWEST MURAL IN EAST 8th STREET DISTRICT

December 07, 2020

Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA) is pleased to announce the unveiling of its newest mural, “Your Life Matters”, adding to the extensive art collection found throughout the city.

MISSISSIPPITOURISM ASSOCIATION HONORS VISIT HATTIESBURG’S MARLO DORSEY

December 03, 2020

The Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA) recognized the impact and accomplishments of the state’s tourism industry at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held at the IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi, Miss. this week. As a top honor, Marlo Dorsey, Executive Director of VisitHATTIESBURG, was awarded MTA Member of the Year.

JOLLY JAMBOREE WITH CADIE CALHOUN CHRISTMAS CONCERT BENEFITING HUB CITY SERVICE DOGS

December 01, 2020

Hub City Service Dogs (HCSD) will be hosting its first Annual Christmas Advent Calendar event titled the “Jolly Jamboree”. 

CAN YOU FIND THE SECRET LOCATION OF MISSISSIPPI'S TINIEST MUSEUM

October 20, 2020

Here's all you'll get in the way of an address for a new museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi: It's in an alley downtown.

HCLO PREPARING FOR ANNUAL DEARLY DEPARTED CEMETERY TOUR

October 14, 2020

Get ready for some spooky tales from beyond the grave.

DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG RECEIVES BEAUTIFICATION GRANT

October 14, 2020

Officials from the Downtown Hattiesburg Association will continue their beautification project of installing hanging baskets and planters throughout the downtown area with the help of a $1,500 Community Development Grant from the Mississippi Main Street Association.

VISIT HATTIESBURG OFFICIALS UNVEIL NEW HATTIES[BURGER] TRAIL

October 12, 2020

To kick off the Hub City’s third annual Restaurant Week, officials from Visit Hattiesburg recently launched a new Hatties[burger] Trail that allows visitors and residents to experience a variety of hamburger offerings at 33 restaurants around the city.

 

NEW HATTIES[BURGER] TRAIL LAUNCH

October 09, 2020

NEW HATTIES[BURGER] TRAIL LAUNCH TO KICKOFF LOCAL RESTAURANT WEEK HATTIESBURG

GET OUT & GET DOWNTOWN THIS FALL FOR ‘MANY MINI’ EVENTS

October 09, 2020

Downtown Hattiesburg Association has officially launched a fun challenge for the last quarter of 2020 called “Get Out and Get Downtown”. 

3RD ANNUAL RESTAURANT WEEK SET FOR OCT. 12-18

October 09, 2020

VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the city’s third annual Restaurant Week, scheduled for Oct. 12-18, 2020.

CITY UNVEILS ‘LET THERE BE LIGHT’ MURAL IN DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG

October 08, 2020

As part of the City of Hattiesburg’s agenda to get more public artwork in the community, officials recently unveiled the Hub City’s newest mural – “Let There Be Light,” a tribute to “the Hattiesburg spirit” and the iconic Hub Sign that once sat on top of the Ross Building on Front Street.

HATTIESBURG MUSEUM REOPENS AFTER CLOSING FOR THE PANDEMIC

October 08, 2020

The African-American Military History Museum reopened to the public Thursday, seven months after it closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

USM FOUNDATION HONORS OSEOLA MCCARTY'S LIFE AND LEGACY

October 08, 2020

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation is honoring the life and legacy of Oseola McCarty. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of McCarty’s unexpected planned gift to USM, a virtual celebration features interviews with special guests and the unveiling of a timeless addition to the Hattiesburg campus. Viewers learn stories of her life and the impact of her incredible generosity. To view the video, visit usmfoundation.com/mccarty.

#WHATLIFTSYOU NOW HATTIESBURG’S TALLEST PUBLIC ART MURAL PROJECT

September 30, 2020

Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art is pleased to announce its newest mural project, featuring the work of internationally-renowned street mural artist Kelsey Montague. Located in Downtown Hattiesburg, the newest piece is a part of the worldwide #WhatLiftsYou collection and is the seventh mural to be unveiled by HAPA so far this year.

HATTIESBURG DRIVERS TAKING MORE ROAD TRIPS THIS YEAR

September 30, 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic contributing to a more than 30 percent decrease in travel throughout America since 2019, a new report from seoClarity – a search engine optimization and content optimization platform – shows that Hattiesburg drivers are taking 25.3 percent more road trips in 2020.

TOP 10 ANNOUNCED FOR 71st ANNUAL MISSISSIPPI MISS HOSPITALITY COMPETITION

July 19, 2020

The Top 10 finalists for the 71st Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition were announced via Facebook Live

GREENE COUNTY’S McKAY LEE BRAY CROWNED 2020 MISSISSIPPI MISS HOSPITALITY

July 18, 2020

McKay Lee Bray of Greene County was crowned 2020’s Mississippi Miss Hospitality

HAPA UNVEILS NEW PUBLIC MURAL IN DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG

June 19, 2020

Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA) is pleased to announce its newest mural joining the growing public arts collection found around the community. 

HAPA UNVEILS NEW PUBLIC MURAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ROBERTS COMPANY

June 03, 2020

Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA) is pleased to announce its newest mural joining the extensive public arts collection found around the city.

71st ANNUAL MISSISSIPPI MISS HOSPITALITY COMPETITION SET FOR JULY 18 IN HATTIESBURG

May 21, 2020

Marking its 71st competition, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality program will once again be held in Hattiesburg, Miss on Saturday, July 18.

HATTIESBURG TOURISM STRONG: THE SPIRIT OF TRAVEL

May 04, 2020

VisitHATTIESBURG introduces National Travel and Tourism Week 2020. Marlo Dorsey, executive director, highlights this year’s theme, Spirit of Travel, as well as the impacts of COVID-19 to the tourism industry.

TRAVEL - HATTIESBURG

May 01, 2020

Welcome to Hattiesburg - Head to this diverse community this summer for a mix of culture, cuisine, music and the outdoors.

BARKER ASSIGNS 40-MEMBER WORKING GROUP TO ASSIST WITH RE-OPENING HATTIESBURG

April 23, 2020

With the five-day average of new positive COVID-19 cases in the Hattiesburg metro area beginning to decline, Mayor Toby Barker has announced the formation of a 40-member community working group that will help identify challenges and solutions in re-opening Hattiesburg after the current shelter in place order ends.

USM TEAM CREATES RESPIRATOR MASK TO AID NATIONWIDE DEFICIT

April 07, 2020

Medical professionals in the Pine Belt who are treating patients with COVID-19 gained access to 250 respirator masks and counting over the weekend, thanks to a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) mathematics professor.

HATTIESBURG TOURISM COMMISSION LOOKS TO WEATHER ECONOMIC LOSS AT HOTELS CAUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS

March 25, 2020

According to the website of VisitHattiesburg – formally known as the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission – more than 1.8 million visitors spent $278 million in Hattiesburg’s economy in 2017, making the Hub City Mississippi’s third-most visited municipality.

LOOKING AT ART THROUGH A NEW LENS

March 08, 2020

The Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art is working on a mural project to continue to raise the artistic level of excellence in Hattiesburg.

HAPA MURAL PROJECTS UNDERWAY IN AVENUES AND DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG

February 28, 2020

Several new murals are now underway in Hattiesburg for locals and visitors to enjoy. Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA) is pleased to announce its next series of art projects, which includes murals welcoming guests as they enter the Avenues and Downtown Hattiesburg. The projects are expected to be completed in early March with official ribbon cuttings to follow.

HATTIESBURG'S MISSISSIPPI MUSICIANS DAY CELEBRATION

February 19, 2020

The City of Hattiesburg and community partners are bringing Mississippi Musicians Day to the Hub City on Saturday, March 7. 

THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD PROJECT IS UNDERWAY AT HATTIESBURG COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

January 24, 2020

Good news for art enthusiast in the Hub City. A project underway in downtown Hattiesburg showcasing artists of all kinds.

HATTIESBURG HALF MARATHON TO BENEFIT 14 PINEBELT NONPROFITS, SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 4

January 16, 2020

Presented by Forrest General Hospital and the Pinebelt Foundation, the 9th Annual Hattiesburg Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k, is officially set for Saturday, April 4, 2020. The 2020 race is expected to be the biggest to date, benefitting 14 Pinebelt nonprofit organizations and drawing in runners from across the Southeastern U.S.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER VERNON F. DAHMER, SR. STATUE OFFICIALLY DEDICATED TODAY

January 06, 2020

Hundreds of people gathered today at the Forrest County Courthouse in downtown Hattiesburg to witness the historic dedication of a bronze statue honoring the life and legacy of Civil Rights leader and Forrest County native Vernon F. Dahmer, Sr.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER VERNON F. DAHMER, SR. STATUE OFFICIALLY DEDICATED TODAY

January 06, 2020

Hundreds of people gathered today at the Forrest County Courthouse in downtown Hattiesburg to witness the historic dedication of a bronze statue honoring the life and legacy of Civil Rights leader and Forrest County native Vernon F. Dahmer, Sr.

GIRAFFE EXHIBIT, MCCARTY HOUSE MUSEUM TO OPEN IN FALL OF 2020

January 04, 2020

2020 will be a busy year for the development of many Hattiesburg tourist attractions.

 

HBURG – YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE DESTINATION

December 18, 2019

The new decade is quickly approaching, and you should plan to join in the fun as Hattiesburg takes New Year’s Eve to the next level. With exciting entertainment, stay and play hotel packages, and a night filled with special events, the Hub City is YOUR New Year’s Eve destination.

HBURG – YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE DESTINATION

December 18, 2019

The new decade is quickly approaching, and you should plan to join in the fun as Hattiesburg takes New Year’s Eve to the next level. With exciting entertainment, stay and play hotel packages, and a night filled with special events, the Hub City is YOUR New Year’s Eve destination.

LIGHTS OF THE WILD KICKS OFF AT HATTIESBURG ZOO

December 06, 2019

The Hattiesburg Zoo launched its first ever Lights of the Wild event on Friday.

HATTIESBURG TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH HUB SIGN DROP & FIREWORKS

November 13, 2019

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, the City of Hattiesburg will join VisitHATTIESBURG and the Hattiesburg Downtown Association to present the city’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration - Midnight on Front Street.

FALL IN LOVE WITH HATTIESBURG

October 01, 2019

Spend your visit to Hattiesburg discovering what’s new and getting to know this premier city in the Gulf South.

VISITHATTIESBURG ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL RESTAURANT WEEK AND EXPANDED #CULINARYCRAWL

September 09, 2019

VisitHATTIESBURG is pleased to announce the city’s second annual Restaurant Week, scheduled for Oct. 6 – 13, 2019. 

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

June 25, 2019

The Downtown Hattiesburg Association and the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering again to offer a family-friendly Fourth of July experience.

VISITHATTIESBURG CELEBRATES “TRAVEL MATTERS” DURING NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK MAY 5-11

May 03, 2019

VisitHATTIESBURG will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week May 5-11, highlighting this year’s theme “Travel Matters”. Weeklong events will showcase tourism’s important role in Hattiesburg’s economic growth, while also recognizing outstanding local individuals in the hospitality industry.

VISITHBURG PARTNERS WITH LONGLEAF TRACE TO LAUNCH NEW LOGO, WEBSITE, AND SIGNAGE

April 24, 2019

The Longleaf Trace unveiled its new look today after months of strategic designing and planning. The updated brand portfolio was made possible by a $10,000 grant provided by VisitHATTIESBURG.

VISITHBURG UNVEILS NEW SIGNAGE AT TATUM PARK AHEAD OF HFC RAISING CANE’S SPRING CLASSIC

February 22, 2019

VisitHATTIESBURG, in partnership with the City of Hattiesburg, unveiled new wayfinding signage at Tatum Park today ahead of the Hattiesburg Futbol Club’s Raising Cane’s Spring Classic. The annual soccer tournament is projected to have a $1.85 million economic impact on Hattiesburg this weekend.

Updated Freedom Summer tour spotlights Hattiesburg place in civil rights history

February 01, 2019

Mississippi has its place in the history of civil rights, and Hattiesburg plays a role in that history that shouldn't be forgotten, local leaders say.

VisitHBURG Kicks Off Black History Month with Updated Freedom Summer Driving and Audio Tour

January 31, 2019

VisitHATTIESBURG is kicking off Black History Month with the relaunch of an updated 1964 Freedom Summer Trail and its accompanying audio tour. The 16-stop Hattiesburg tour begins at the Visitors Center, winds through downtown, the Palmer’s Crossing community, and ends at The University of Southern Mississippi.

PINEBELT BLUEWAY OFFICIALLY OPENS ON LEAF RIVER FOR RECREATIONAL USE

October 08, 2018

Outdoor enthusiasts now have another recreational option for canoeing, kayaking, or tubing in Forrest and Jones Counties.

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.