Greenwood to host Miss.-Ala. rural tourism conference in 2014

GREENWOOD, Miss. – Greenwood will host the 2014 Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference.

The conference focuses on assisting smaller communities in bolstering tourism. The 2014 conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22.

“Not only will we get to show off Greenwood to tourism professionals from across the two states, the conference will bring in between 125 to 150 attendees and will have a significant economic impact for Greenwood during the three day conference,” Paige Hunt, executive director of the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the Greenwood Commonwealth ( ).

Hunt said Greenwood outbid three other cities to play host to the regional conference.

The annual conference is hosted alternately between Mississippi and Alabama. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 28-30 in Guntersville, Ala.

J. Thomas Chesnutt, chairman of the Conference Committee, said the 2014 selection process was highly competitive.

“Greenwood stood out because of its small-town, down-home environment that typifies rural tourism,” said Chesnutt, who is also an extension specialist with the Economic and Community Development Institute at Auburn University.

Hunt said that Greenwood’s downtown amenities are what sold the selection committee.

“What we pitched and what they fell in love with was that our host hotel will be The Alluvian, and the meetings will take place next door at the Church of the Nativity,” she said.

Because The Alluvian is not big enough to accommodate all of the conference’s attendees, overflow will provide other Greenwood hotels with business, Hunt said.

The conference’s opening reception will be held at The Alluvian, and its closing reception will take place at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta.


Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth,