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Mississippi Division of Tourism

601-359-3297

501 North West Street P.O. Box 849, Jackson, Mississippi 39201 United States

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In Mississippi, where productive days intertwine with unparalleled cultural experiences and entertainment.

Mississippi is where innovators meet and creativity flourishes. Steeped in Southern charm, the state’s rich culture and heritage deeply influence the region’s renowned culinary fare, legendary music and entertainment venues. Highly-rated golf courses wind their ways throughout the state in addition to a wealth of options for outdoor adventure. With all these advantages, the Magnolia State offers an unmatched experience for all meetings, conferences or conventions.

Whether choosing a larger city or a smaller town, Mississippi’s experienced meeting professionals are committed to ensuring your event is both successful and memorable. Quality facilities are available in the luxury casino resorts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and along the Mississippi River, as well as picturesque towns like Natchez, Vicksburg and Oxford. Small civic centers, multipurpose coliseums and exhibition halls provide ideal conference locations. Convention services also are available in all Mississippi convention cities. These Convention and Visitors Bureaus offer a variety of free planning services and are ready to assist you.

In addition to pristine facilities, host cities will provide a robust cross section of culture. The state has a well-defined sense of hospitality with acclaimed contributions in history, literature and music. The comforting appeal of Mississippi’s charm, natural beauty and vibrant culture naturally attracts groups and conventions.

Stately antebellum homes, annual pilgrimages and historic battlefields impress visitors, as do attractions relating to the native Choctaw Indians and Mississippi’s well-defined music culture. Mississippi was a major stage for the American civil rights movement, and the state’s African-American culture is celebrated at festivals, museums and attractions. Visitors seeking an up-close experience can journey along the Mississippi Freedom Trail. These thought-provoking markers designate sites throughout the state, commemorating the key players and pivotal moments the civil rights movement.

Additionally, the state has Blues Music and County Music Trails. American music was born in Mississippi. Blues, country and rock ’n’ roll all had their beginnings in state. On any given night, you can hear all three genres going strong and spreading roots. Just as legendary acts like B.B. King, Faith Hill and Elvis Presley honed their craft in Mississippi, there are always new and veteran performers drawing fans into local music venues.

If your group would rather hear the sounds of slot machines hitting the jackpot rather than those emanating from the blues clubs, they will easily find their groove in Mississippi. Riverside and coastal casinos draw year-round visitors to expansive gaming resort facilities like Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, IP Casino Resort and Spa, and Pearl River Resort.

World-class golf courses are within a short driving distance of these resorts. These impeccably manicured greens provide the ideal setting for group members to create lasting bonds and test their teeing skills. Designed by the likes of Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate, these courses earn regular praises from publications including Golf Digest, Golfweek and Golf Magazine for their atmospheres, affordable packages and superb accommodations.

Water-based attractions such as the Biloxi Shrimping Trip and Ship Island Excursions are also popular for activities and events. The daily bayou or Gulf catch are highlights of many local menus, along with world-famous blue plates and barbecue. Groups can even learn to prepare authentic Southern recipes, such as fried catfish with warm grits, at area cooking schools.

Mississippi’s meeting facilities have the technological and value-added details, allowing planners to accomplish their goals. The state’s attractions and activities deliver memorable experiences to satisfy diverse groups and demographics. The appeal and infinite possibilities of this classic Southern location will surprise and please both planners and attendees.

For more information about meeting in Mississippi or to request a printed Meeting Planners Guide, contact Whitney Orr at 601-359-3195 or worr@mississippi.org.

 

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