Holidays and Tourism Go Together

The Meridian-Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau hosted its annual Holiday Open House in partnership with the Mississippi Welcome Center at Toomsuba Friday.

Meridian restaurants and hotels were there to extend a Mississippi welcome to travelers.

"Any time of year, visitors are very important and this welcome center is our very first opportunity when our visitors enter the state for us to greet them with a smile, tell them how glad we are that they decided to stop in Mississippi and how we hope, we wish they'd stay a couple of days here," said Lisa Showmaker, director of marketing for the Meridian-Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau.

A 2003 survey indicated tourism brought over $180 million to Mississippi.