For the second time in as many days, Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Parade and festival has been honored with local awards, this time the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau SUMITT Awards. In a press release from the JCVB, they are called “the ‘best of the best’ of Jackson’s tourism industry.” The ceremony was held downtown at the Jackson Convention Complex.
- 2012 Attraction of the Year— Mississippi Children’s Museum
- 2012 Festival/Event of the Year-TIE-Zippity Doo Dah Festival and Mississippi Blues Marathon
- 2012 Friend of Tourism— Jeff Good
- 2012 Full Service Hotel of the Year— Hilton Jackson
- 2012 Limited Service Hotel of the Year— Cabot Lodge Millsaps
- 2012 Restaurant of the Year— Walkers Drive In
“As tourism professionals, it is so important to recognize the efforts of our visitor industry partners,” said Wanda Collier-Wilson, president and CEO of the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Their professionalism and dedication mean travel and tourism dollars for our city, jobs for our friends and neighbors, additional sales for area businesses that rely on tourism for growth, greater tax revenue to support our community and a higher quality of life for all our citizens.”
The prestigious Tourism Visionary Award was given to Attorney Robert Gibbs for his true vision and untiring service to Jackson and to the institutions that help support and enrich our tourism industry.
Special Shining Example Awards are given to tourism entities and individuals for outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life in Jackson, and who serve as role models for others in the industry. Winners are Senator Hillman T. Frazier, Mary Beth Wilkerson, First Lady Kathy Johnson and Wanda Collier Wilson.
Hometown Hero Awards are given to individuals who have made a measurable impact on bringing tourism business to the city and those on our frontlines that make Jackson look good. To see that list, visit visitjackson.com.
All of these heroes are part of an industry that brought in more than 3.04 million travelers to Jackson in 2010, pumping some $294 million into Jackson’s economy.
“Hometown Hero Awards highlight the importance of individuals to the success of tourism in our Capital City,” said Wilson. “These heroes are team players who help keep Jackson at the forefront of the tourism industry, who bring convention or meeting business to Jackson, and who provide outstanding hospitality to our visitors.” zddawards