Corinth Area CVB lands top tourism award

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau won the highest award in its size category, receiving the Small Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Year Award in its budget category.
The award was presented at the Mississippi Tourism Association Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which ended in Tupelo on Tuesday.
“Of course we were excited,” said Executive Director Kristy White. “This CVB has won awards before, but this is the first time we have received CVB of the Year.”
With a budget of about $478,000, the CVB won in the budget category of $250,000 to $499,000, joining Natchez CVB as CVB of the Year in the $750,000 to $1 million budget range and Tunica CVB in the $1 million and higher budget category.
Corinth Area CVB also earned awards in three other categories:
* Travel Media-Broadcast Award for “Let’s Talk Tourism,” a monthly broadcast on Supertalk Radio 94.3, with Steve Knight hosting White with updates about tourism information for Corinth and Alcorn County. The broadcast airs at 9 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
* Tourism Volunteer of the Year: Zack Steen was honored for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Green Market, Chili Cookoff and Grand Illumination.
* Small Festival Category: The Green Market, which draws vendors who feature hand-made and home-grown items from within a 100 mile radius of Corinth, earned the award after one year of operation. The market resumes April 10 – this year combining with the Chili Cookoff – and continues monthly through October on the first Saturday of each month.
“We’ll continue trying to build on what we’ve done,” White said. “We couldn’t have done it without the staff, our board, volunteers and everybody who works hard trying to help tourism in Corinth and Alcorn County.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com