Nearly nine out of 10 Americans said visiting new places is at the top of their bucket list. That’s an impressive fact nowadays, especially considering our screens can transport us virtually anywhere. Clearly, people still seek out ways to experience new places firsthand. Clearly, travel matters. That national trend holds true for Mississippi, too, and last year’s state visitor numbers confirm it. In 2018, a record 24 million people visited Mississippi. Those visitors invested an all-time high of $6.51 billion in visitor spending. ] That’s a 3.7% increase from the previous year. Tourism supports more than 127,000 jobs or 11% of the workforce in our state, making it the fourth largest industry in Mississippi. At the local level, Hattiesburg tourism grew by 5.1% in the last year, to a total of $292 million in visitor spending. That’s $14 million more dollars being spent at our local restaurants, hotels, and tourism attractions by visitors. Those real dollars helped create an estimated 200 more jobs in our community last year, adding to the already existing 4,470 employed in tourism. Undeniably, travel and tourism matter in Hattiesburg. Successful destinations have teams dedicated to supporting and growing their tourism industry. That local team is… Read full this story
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