Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Conference Agenda

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Tuesday, August 9 — Day 1

2:00 p.m.
Association Business Meeting
3:00 p.m.
Registration Begins
Jason Lingo Center
4:00 p.m.
Opening Session - Tourism Clustering and Branding as a Region SC, Holly Beaumier
Moderator - Guylyn Boles – Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Association Vice President and Summit Chair
6:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Get Down Downtown with a Louisiana Style Cook Out
Participants are asked to join the Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce for a showing of Water for Elephants following the reception.

Wednesday, August 10 — Day 2

8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
at the Lingo Center
9:00 a.m.
Bus Leaves
Lingo Center for Louisiana Cotton Museum
9:30 a.m.
Session II - Historical and Cultural Tourism as a Regional Strategy
Developing and Marketing a Museum or Historical Attraction, 101 Ideas and Strategies from Expert Panel (Sarah McCullough, Mississippi Division of Tourism) (Susan Roach) and Judith Bingham
Moderator – Ann Davis, MSU Extension Service
11:00 a.m.
11:15 p.m.
Session IV - Nature Tourism as a Regional Strategy (Panel Discussion)
Deborah Credeur, Johnny Wessler, Dora Ann Hatch – Hear from success stories and strategies on using natural resources and agriculture to develop regional tourism initiatives.
Tour Cotton Museum and Load Busses for Lake Providence
12:45 p.m.
Arrive in Lake Providence
1:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker Dwight Landreneau, LSU AgCenter
1:00 p.m.
Session III - Connecting Local Foods, CVBs, and Restaurants to promote tourism in the region
Grady Griffin, Mississippi Restaurant and Hospitality Association, Ben Irwin, Macon Ridge Foods – Local Success Story on rural business development.
Moderator – Dr. Ken Hood, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Department of Agricultural Economics
2:15 p.m.
Load Buses and Depart for Poverty Point
Showcasing your region with photography - Sally Durkin, Media Liaison, Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau
2:45 p.m.
Arrive at Poverty Point
3:00 p.m.
Tour Poverty Point
Reload Buses Following Tour
Return to Lingo Center
6:30 p.m.
Lingo Center
Optional (Attendees must RSVP for Dinner)

Thursday, August 11 — Day 3

8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
at the Lingo Center
9:00 a.m.
The Next Step – Workshop - Creating and Applying Regional Tourism Strategies
Dr. Roberto Gallardo, Southern Rural Development Center, Dr. Gene Theodori, Center for Rural Studies, Sam Houston State University, Dr. Al Myles, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Department of Agricultural Economics, and Southern Rural Development Center