- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Tupelo tourism officials will spend a week in England next month selling the city and the Elvis Presley Birthplace as destinations.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1GcaqEQ) reports Tupelo Convention and Visitor Bureau director Neal McCoy said Tupelo was invited to take part in “Elvis at the 02,” which is billed as the largest Elvis exhibition ever in Europe.

“It was only supposed to be a nine-month show, ending in August,” McCoy said. “But it has been so successful, they extended it three months. Some of the things in the show have never left Graceland before.

“Graceland has invited us to come over and sell Tupelo and the birthplace. This is a prime opportunity for us to go over and strike while the iron is hot.”

McCoy, the bureau’s international sales director, Jennie Curlee, and Mayor Jason Shelton will fly to London on Sunday, Nov. 1, and return the following Friday.

“This has been in the works for the last three months, but we didn’t get the final OK from Graceland until last Thursday,” McCoy said. “We will host a reception that Tuesday for tour and travel operators.

“Then on Wednesday and Thursday, we will go out on sales calls and sit down with the front line staff of travel agencies. We will tell them how to sell the Elvis experience to include Tupelo.”

McCoy said the opportunity was too good to pass up.

“We have the money in our budget and essentially, the only costs are the hotel and the airline tickets. Since it is only three weeks away, the plane tickets might be pricey. I am estimating it will cost about $4,000 a person.”


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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