Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2015

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B M & T ••• March/April 2015 ••• 65 AREA GUIDES J A C K S O N JACKSON, THE ECONOMICAL OPTION…WITH SOUL BY SOLOMON J. HERBERT II One might ask, "Why should I take my event to Jackson?" Well…let's face it. Times are tough. In today's uncertain business climate, out-of- town meeting funds are often slashed from the budget. However, you and your company or association can be productive and profitable by organiz- ing a Jackson Mississippi confer- ence. Because Jackson is a smaller city, a little bit can go a long way. You will be connected with the most affordable venues for your budget, the most exciting attractions, and the best restaurants. A Jackson conference also makes you and your bottom line look good. Jackson offers one of the region's lowest tourism taxes and the CVB provides one of the best complimen- tary meeting services packages in the nation. Jackson is very affordable, accessible, and accommodating. Discover a flair for hospitality in the City with Soul! Immerse yourself and your atten- dees in the vibrant renaissance of downtown Jackson. Discover the Jackson Convention Complex, the centerpiece of the Jackson conven- tion district. The facility is equipped with over 330,000 sq. ft. of meeting and conference space, a 382-seat, state-of-the-art theater, the latest technology and audiovisual capabili- ties, as well as a 9,000-sq. ft. kitchen and catering facility. Meeting Planners should have no problem booking here for just about any type of conference. At the end of the day, you and your attendees can sleep blissfully in some of Jackson's 5,500 hotel rooms. Hilton Garden Inn Jackson/Downtown, Hilton Jackson Hotel & Convention Center, and the Jackson Marriott-Downtown are some of the city's top choices for hotels with meeting space for confer- ences/meetings of various sizes. Here in Jackson conference atten- dees are encouraged to celebrate the heritage of the City with Soul at a cap- tivating Jackson Mississippi historical site. Visit the home of celebrated author Eudora Welty. Groove to the rhythms and beats of an authentic blues juke joint. Learn about the Civil Rights Movement at the Medgar Evers home. Stop by the International Museum of Muslim Cultures – the first and only such museum in America. From the Civil War to our modern urban renaissance, Jackson's story is unique- ly southern and u n i q u e l y American. Check out our full host of Jackson his- torical landmarks and museums. From slavery and the tumul- tuous Civil Rights era, Jackson Mississippi African-Americans have emerged as a major force for the city's develop- ment and leadership. Relive a dramat- ic and inspirational story as you visit fascinating Jackson black history sites. Be sure to reach out to Jackson CVB President/CEO Wanda Collier- Wilson, who along with her expert staff will provide you with an array of support services to ensure the suc- cess of you meeting there. Jackson enjoys a lush, semitropi- cal climate that supports a wide array of flora and fauna and wildlife. Visit the Jackson zoo to observe animals native to the area as well as exotic creatures from around the world. Or spend a tranquil afternoon in a lovely Jackson nature park admiring the huge variety of plant life that thrives in the area. Your trip to the City with Soul will be a delightful study in nature's beauty. Jackson International Airport is the commercial airport serving Jackson. Designated as a general purpose Foreign Trade Zone, it maintains two 8,500-ft. runways and has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Airlines serving Jackson are American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines and US Airways Express. WANDA COLLIER-WILSON • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Jackson Marriott-Downtown 303 Hilton Jackson Hotel & Convention Center 265 Hilton Garden Inn Jackson/ Downtown 186 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Jackson Convention Complex Total Exhibit Space 330,000 sq. ft. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau – 800-354-7695 Statue of Medgar Evers

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