Anthony is a director and educator at the Oren Dunn City Museum. She said she applied to the class last year because she spent the majority of her career in education.
“I needed training on how to bring people to Tupelo,” she said.
She said she learned tips about attracting new visitors, along with tons of other skills she needs in her new career. Topics covered the history of Tupelo, social media practices, public relations and customer service.
Neal McCoy, executive director of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, modeled the program after the leadership class offered through the Community Development Foundation. The class is a six-month initiative that the CVB plans to offer every year.
In addition, the CVB offers an annual scholarship to the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. The program trains hospitality professionals and connects them with their peers. Allie West won this year’s scholarship, which is named in honor of longtime CVB board member Everett Kinsey. West is a program associate at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
The CVB will start another tourism leadership class this fall. Stephanie Moody-Coomer, deputy director of the CVB, will take application in September.