Presented by Maris, West & Baker




Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 4:

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tourism Mississippi PAC
Queen’s Reward Meadery
*Ticketed Event ($75 donation)

Wednesday, April 5:

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Conference Registration
Cadence Bank Arena and Conference Center Lobby

9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Opening Session
“Work to A Different Beat”
Justin Jones-Fosu
Sponsored by Advance Travel & Tourism

10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Bloody Mary Break
Cadence Lounge
Sponsored by Maris, West & Baker

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

How to Use New Data and Insight Tools to Become a Smart Destination
Lauren Wegmann, Senior Strategic Advisor


Pitching to Win Panel: How to Gain Earned Media and Cultivate Connections with Media and Creators
Moderator: Jennie Bradford Curlee
Panelists: Brittany Chapman (Lou Hammond Group), Mary Margaret White (Mississippi Today), Kristin Luna (Travel Writer & Content Creator)

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
featuring entertainment by Elvis Tribute Artist Brandon Bennett
Entertainment Sponsored by Tupelo CVB
Sponsored by Visit Mississippi

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Media Speed Dating


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Session

“How I Built This”
Jeri Carter
Queen’s Reward Meadery (MTA Attraction of the Year for 2022)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The Elvis Presley Birthplace
Sponsored by Tupelo CVB

6:30 p.m.
Dine Around Tupelo

Thursday, April 6:

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cadence Bank Arena and Conference Center
Sponsored by Epsilon

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
General Session: Visit Mississippi Presentation
Craig Ray, Director of Visit Mississippi
Laura Hipp, Deputy Director Mississippi Development Authority

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
MTA Annual Meeting


As the host city, Tupelo would like to welcome you to the 2023 Spring Summit.

Click here to see everything Tupelo, Mississippi has to offer.





All of the group rate blocks have been filled or are now closed. However, there is still availability (just not with the MTA rate).

Hotel Tupelo


Hilton Garden Inn


Holiday Inn & Suites Tupelo North


To register, click here.

Event Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners!

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Bronze Partners

Opening Session Sponsor

Bloody Mary Break Sponsor

Name Tag Sponsor


Luncheon Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

Grand Patron Sponsor

Pearl River Resort

Visit Columbus

Patron Sponsor



Friends of Tourism Sponsor