Tourism grants to pay for brochures, advertising, tour guide

CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

Tourism grants to pay for brochures, advertising, tour guide

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The word is getting out about tourist attractions in Corinth, thanks to grants and proceeds from a tax on lodgings, food and beverages.

The state of Mississippi approved a grant application from the Corinth Area Tourism Council for $10,837 to be matched by local funds for a total of $21,674, said Nancy Plesnarski, tourism director for Corinth and Alcorn County.

Plesnarski said part of the money will be used to purchase 5,000 rack cards on five different subjects of interest to tourists, including Civil War history, the Jacinto Courthouse, the Curlee House, outdoor recreation and special events. Other grant funds will go toward media advertisements between July and September in such publications as “Southern Living,” “Historic Preservation,” Memphis Magazine,” and “Birmingham Magazine.”

Part of the grant will be used to publish a dining and lodging guide.

Plesnarski said the Tennessee-Tombigbee Association has tentatively approved a matching grant for $8,560. If finally approved, this money will be used to develop a driving and walking tour guide, which will complement the Corinth Campaign Map that is being developed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, she said.

The tourism promotion council will be giving out grants of its own next month. The council will meet May 9 to select winners of $60,000 set aside in this year’s tourism budget to support local agencies. It is the council’s way of sharing proceeds of the 2 percent tourism tax on prepared food and lodgings.

The tourism tax was expanded last year to cover restaurants in addition to hotels, motels and bed and breakfast inns.

The council is offering assistance in advertising and promotion which does not involve transfer of funds. If applications for advertising grants are approved, the council will include winning applicants’ information in the council’s advertising campaign.

The second type of assistance is for community grants available for construction, repair/and or improvement of tourism and tourism-related sites. Those involving preservation and enhancement of existing sites will have priority for this type of assistance.

Plesnarski said priority will be given to agencies that are providing additional funding for the proposed project.

The deadline to apply is April 30. Winners will be announced at a press conference May 10.

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