Small Market Meetings

MAR 2017

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Page 21 of 35 22 Destination Showcase LOCATION Northwest Mississippi ACCESS Tupelo Regional Airport; state highways 45 and 78 MAJOR MEETING SPACES BancorpSouth Conference Center, BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo Furniture Market, Belden Center HOTEL ROOMS 1,800 OFF-SITE VENUES The Antler, Elvis Presley Event Center CONTACT INFO Visit Tupelo 800-533-0611 A Mississippi Original By Savannah Osbourn T U P E L O , M I S S I S S I P P I A s the birthplace of Elvis Presley, Tupelo, Mississippi, holds a rich history of live music, historic buildings and more than 160 restaurants, creating a great setting for meeting groups to relax at the end of the day. "Whatever food you like, we have it here," said Jennie Bradford Curlee, public relations and international sales director at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Located in northeast Mississippi, Tupelo sits between Memphis, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama, with access from southern Mississippi by way of State Highway 45. The historic Natchez Trace Parkway intersects the city, marking the Old Natchez Trace trail, a 444-mile scenic drive, in addition to hosting other outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking and boating. Managed by the National Park Service, the land is considered an All-American Road as well as one of the top 10 national parks in the country. In town, planners will find everything they need to organize unforgettable events, with original ven- ues like the Gumtree Museum of Art, the Tupelo Furniture Market and the Tupelo Automobile Museum, where visitors can survey a $10 million collection of vintage cars in mint condition. Before he became the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Presley was just a boy from Tupelo, and attendees can enjoy a reception on the property of his childhood home, which features a museum, an event center and a theater. The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau also works with planners to ensure a smooth experience, coordinating city tours, shuttle buses, promotional giveaways, welcome bags and site visits. Lodging options include the Holiday Inn and Suites, the Fairfield Inn and Suites, and the Hilton Garden Inn, which connects directly to the conference center. "All hotels are within a 10- to 15-minute drive of major meeting facilities," said Curlee. Above: Groups can hold events in the galleries at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. Left: Elvis Presley Birthplace memorializes the man that made Tupelo famous. Photos courtesy Visit Tupelo

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