No matter where you visit in Mississippi the message is always the same: Welcome! Come celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week with us. Here are the schedule of events:
Adams County Welcome Center
Natchez Visitors Reception Center
640 S Canal St
Natchez, MS 39120
Sunday, May 6 – Beginning of National Tourism/Travel Week Exhibits available for viewing:
-Mary Flach Artist of the Month
-Old South Winery
-Rev’s Country Tours
-Natchez National Cemetery
-Natchez State Park
-Delta Music Museum
Monday, May 7 –Popcorn served to tourist. Refreshments courtesy of Natchez Coffee Company from 11am-2pm. Exhibits available for viewing.
Tuesday, May 8 – Popcorn served to tourist. Refreshments from 11am-2pm. Exhibits available for viewing.
Wednesday, May 9 – Popcorn served to tourist. Refreshments from 11am-2pm. Exhibits available for viewing.
Thursday, May 10 – Popcorn served to tourist. Refreshments courtesy of Darby’s Fudge shop and Holiday Inn Express from 11am-2pm. Exhibits available for viewing.
Friday, May 11- Popcorn served to tourists. Grilled hot dogs courtesy of Tony with Pat Harrison Waterway from 11-am-2pm. Exhibits available for viewing
Saturday May 12- Mississippi Specialty items will be given to tourists for the last day of National Tourism/ Travel Week. Refreshments courtesy of Murphy’s Meringue. Exhibits available for viewing.
Alcorn County Welcome Center
2028 S Tate St
Corinth, MS 38834
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 - To kick off National Tourism Week, the 35th traveler of the day that signs in on our daily visitors log will receive a Mississippi Poster and a gift bag of Mississippi gift items.
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018 - Michelle Williams Anti-Litter Coordinator with the Mississippi Department of Transportation will be
On-hand to provide literature and education on the Litter Program. She will provide pamphlets, brochures, pencils, and etc.… to educate the public and bring awareness to their program and bring awareness to litter prevention and the “Three E’s Campaign” Education, Enforcement, and Elimination and the media campaign “Think Green, Keep Mississippi Clean.”
Small door prizes will be given out to travelers who sign in on our daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018 - Travel Rally Day – Display of Travel related items and special signage to appreciate travel and hospitality workers. Handouts on tips for travel. We will have bags that will include traveling and packing tips, Official Mississippi Hwy. Map, and a Mississippi Tour Guide.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018 - It’s National Tourists Appreciation Day. On this day the Alcorn Welcome Center will serve cookies/refreshments and paintings of historic places in Corinth and the surrounding area towns will be on loan from Tony Bullard “Local Artist.”
We will be playing music by Mississippi Artists and/or songs written by Mississippi Artists.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 - Mississippi Hat pins will be given out to travelers who sign on our daily visitor sheet on hidden designated lines.
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 - Mississippi hat pins will be given out to travelers who sign in on our daily visitor sheet on the hidden designated line.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 - Travel Information bags will be available with travel and packing tips which will also include the 2018 Mississippi Map, 2018 Mississippi Tour Guide, and brochures on the local and surrounding area as well as a brochure from each region of the state.
Mississippi Specialty Items gift bag will be given out to the last tourist of the day to sign the register. This will wrap up our 2018 National Travel & Tourism Week.
Delma Furniss Hospitality Station Activities
8600 US Hwy 49
Lula, MS 38644
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018: Kickoff of National Travel and Tourism Week- An introduction will be presented to travelling visitors.
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018: History of Delma Furniss –The center sits on a significant historical site where over 10,000 Native American artifacts dating back several thousand years were found. Come out and enjoy a film about the area, its history and the archeology dig. Shards, arrowheads and other artifacts are displayed along with pertinent information. Door prizes will be given out.
TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018: Mississippi Puzzle Day-Visitors will be given the opportunity to complete different Mississippi Puzzle Trivia to win door prizes.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018: Tourist Appreciation Day-This event will take place from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We will play music throughout the welcome center and serve refreshments, so come and join the fun. Also, the Tutwiler quilters will be set up at the center.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018: Behind the Scenes/Introduction to Moon Lake Walking Trail-Local businesses and community leaders will be invited out to learn information about Clarksdale. Also, they will be given a 2018 Mississippi Tour guide, which lists a printed CVB/tourism list.
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018: A PowerPoint video/Mississippi Trivia from the week recap of activities will be placed on display in lobby for guests to view. Light refreshments will be served.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018: Meet and Greet with the Ladies of the Welcome Center Travelers will have a chance to come out and meet the ladies who work behind the scenes of making tourism happen.
Pike County Welcome Center
I-55 N, 3 Miles North of Osyka
Magnolia, MS 39652
May 9, 2018 - Come join us and travel back in time! Pictures on loan of the olden days of transportation provided by the Mayor of McComb Ms. to represent Pike County.
Marion County will provide pictures of transportation on then and now. Videos will continuously play about the story of transportation and its importance to tourism and travel.
Dogwood Cross will provide entertainment. Lincoln County, Magnolia Chamber, McComb Recreation, Osyka Civic Club and Liberty Chamber will greet tourist and hand out goodies.
Refreshments will be served.
Woodville Hospitality Station
853 US Hwy 61 South
Woodville, MS 39669
Sunday, May 6, 2018 Lemonade, Coffee and cookies throughout day.
Monday, May 7, 2018 Lunch provided by PigOut Inn, Natchez
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 MDOT LITTER PREVENTION 10-3
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 FIELD Health System HEALTH FAIR 10-1pm Open to Public. Free Screenings.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Biscuits from The Carriage House, Natchez Served in AM
Friday, May 11, 2018 MISSISSIPPI TOBACCO FREE, COALITION OF PIKE, AMITE COUNTY.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Cookies complimentary from Mammy’s Cupboard, Natchez, MS
Itawamba County Welcome Center
10075 Hwy 78 East
Tremont, MS 38876
Sunday May 6 - Refreshments served 1;00-3:00, with Mississippi items given away
Monday May 7
New Albany CVB 2:00 - 4:00
Oxford CVB 10:00 -12:00
Tuesday May 8
Natchez Trace Parkway 10:00- 12:00
Mississippi items given away
Wednesday May 9
Elvis BirthPlace 1:00-3:30—Dick Guyton
Tupelo Main Street 1:00—3:30
Tupelo Auto Museum 1:00—3:30
Tupelo CVB 1:00—3:30 McKenzie
Thursday May 10
ICDC 10:00—12:00 Vaunita & Ann
Mississippi State Extension 10:00- 12:00 Ramona
Crossroads Ranch 1:00—3:30 Renae and Susan
Itawamba chamber of Commerce 10:00—12:00 Mary Sue Boggs
Friday May 11
MDOT 8:00—10:00 Michelle Williams
Whitten Center 1:00—3:00 Eric
Master Gardeners 10:00—12:00 Bonnie Gholston
Saturday May 12
Holly Springs CVB 9:00—12:00 Tanesha
Hancock County Welcome Center Activities
I-10 and Highway 607
Pearlington, Mississippi 39572
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018: Complimentary Lemonade will be served to tourist. The Retiree Partnership will give out information pamphlets and serve cookies.
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018: Pat Harrison Waterpark will grill hotdogs and serve to the tourist. Popcorn, compliments of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast will be served along with cookies, and lemonade. Mississippi Specialty Items will be given away to tourist from 10:30am – 1:00pm.
TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018: IP Casino from Biloxi will set up a coffee bar. Popcorn, compliments of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Wingate by Wyndham Gulfport, MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area will give out promotional items, and cookies and lemonade will be served from 10:30am – 1:00pm.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018: Hancock County Day from 10:30am – 1:00pm: We will have area tourism partners such as Hancock County Tourism Bureau, Infinity Science Center, Diamondhead Country Club, Retired Senior Partnership, Jessica with MDOT anti-litter campaign, MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, local restaurants, casinos, and campgrounds will also join us in welcoming the tourist. Complementary popcorn, lemonade and sweet tea will also be served. Mississippi Specialty Items will be given to tourist.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018: From 10:30am – 1:00pm, the Retired Senior Partnership, MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, and Motel 6 Biloxi will greet the tourist with special treats. Popcorn and sweet tea will be served.
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018: From 10:30 am – 1:00pm, the Hancock County Senior Center will demonstrate arts & crafts, The Retired Senior Partnership will give out information and serve cookies. Complimentary popcorn and lemonade will also be served.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018: Complementary popcorn, cookies, and lemonade will be served. We will give out Mississippi Specialty Items.
Jackson County Welcome Center
I-10 West Bound, Exit 75
Moss Point, Mississippi 39562
Sunday, May 6 - Popcorn courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and grilled hot dogs courtesy of Tony with the Pat Harrison Waterway served to tourists. MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area display with brochures. Representatives from Home2 Suites from Gulfport and Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula. Various Mississippi items given away.
Monday, May 7 - Popcorn courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast served to tourists. Ocean Springs Chamber and Jackson County Chamber displays with several local businesses including the La Pointe Krebs House and Museum. Representatives from Home2 Suites from Gulfport and Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula. Loretta & Bob from MS Retiree Partnership with retirement information. Various Mississippi items given away.
Tuesday, May 8 - Popcorn courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast served to tourists. Representatives from Motel 6 in Biloxi, Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula, Barney with Fishing Frenzy Charters in Biloxi, Rick from Grand Bay Estuary, Jessica with MDOT anti-litter campaign. Various Mississippi items given away.
Wednesday, May 9 - Popcorn courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast served to tourists. Displays, brochures and goodies from Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula, MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, Hancock County Tourism and Snappers Restaurant in Biloxi cooking up something special. Various Mississippi items given away.
Thursday, May 10 - Popcorn courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast served to tourists. Coffee bar from IP Casino Resort in Biloxi. Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula and DoubleTree by Hilton in Biloxi representatives. Various Mississippi items given away.
Friday, May 11 - Popcorn courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast served to tourists. Displays and goodies from Beau Rivage Casino Resort in Biloxi, Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula and Home2Suites in D’Iberville. Mabel & John from MS Retiree Partnership with retirement information. Various Mississippi items given away.
Saturday, May 12 - Popcorn courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast served to tourists. MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area and Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula displays. Various Mississippi items given away.
Lauderdale County Welcome Center
I 20 W & 59 South
Toomsuba, MS 39364
Sunday, May 6 - Celebrate Sandra’s Birthday with free cake at noon and giveaways.
Monday, May 7 - Tourist appreciation giveaways & Tea party with Lauderdale County RSVP 11 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 - A taste of the south. Lauderdale county restaurants will provide menu tasters, coupons and brochures to the traveling public from 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 - Tourism Rally Day. Local tourism partners will greet the traveling public with displays and information about their businesses.
Thursday, May 10 - LALA Enterprises will serve refreshments to the traveling public.
Friday, May 11 - Hotel Hospitality Day. Local hotels will provide refreshments and information to the traveling public from 1 – 3 p.m.
DeSoto County Welcome Center
3685 I-55 South
Hernando MS, 38632
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Please join us for our National Tourism Day Celebration at the from 12pm to 2pm David Dunavent (blues artist) will be in attendance taking us back in time with entertainment as we have our picnic on the patio (hotdogs, beans, and chips)