- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez tourism officials say a statewide effort to increase tourism funding will help double their efforts to showcase the area as a top tourism destination.

Ahead of the start of the new legislative session in January, Gov. Phil Bryant released a budget recommendation that includes an additional $5.1 million to advertise the state’s tourism amenities.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/12hmYYu ) part of the funding increase would be used to provide matching grants to local tourism agencies, such as the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau, and allow for an overall increase in the amount spent advertising Mississippi’s tourism sites.

The matching grant program, Natchez CVB Director Kevin Kirby said, would allow Natchez to effectively double its marketing and advertising capabilities.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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