Tupelo tourism up in Dec.

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tourism sales tax revenues had a robust month in December, surpassing the $300,000 mark.
Kim Hanna, Tupelo’s city clerk, reported Monday to the board of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau that revenues were up 6.45 percent from December 2010. The city collected $306,826 in December 2011, marking the second month in a row that came in more than $300,000.
The money comes from a 2 percent tax on hotels, motels and restaurants in Tupelo. The CVB reports the amount two months later, when it is received from the state. The CVB focuses on the month that the money was spent in, not the month it was received.
For the fiscal year that started in October, the sales tax growth average is 9.01 percent. Last year, the CVB averaged 5.8 percent.
Also at the meeting, the CVB announced that a film shot in Tupelo has been picked up in a national distribution deal.
“Chasing the White Dragon,” made by katscratchfilms, landed a pay-per-view deal with Verizon, Charter Communications, Mediacom, ATamp&T U-verse and Rogers Communication in Canada.
It will be available May 8 to 19.6 million cable subscribers.
The award-winning films, depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users. Scenes were shot around Tupelo. One set was even built inside the Tupelo Furniture Market.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com