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Booneville’s Emma Grace McGrew Crowned Mississippi’s 2017 Miss Hospitality

Mississippi’s 2017 Miss Hospitality was crowned Saturday evening at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg. Emma Grace McGrew from Booneville, MS was selected as the program’s winner following two-days of pageant competition, which included interviews, individual speeches, and on-stage questions during the evening gown portion. Now in its 20th year in Hattiesburg, the statewide pageant’s ...

Hattiesburg Special Restaurant Tax Not Affiliated with Miss Hospitality

The Hattiesburg Convention and Tourism Commissions have helped Hattiesburg’s economy achieve record tourism and visitor growth over the past 20 years. In fact, annual visitor spending has more than doubled from $131 million in 1996 to $268 million in 2015. While each commission has had a vital role in community success, they operate as separate ...

Profits from Pageant, Not Taxpayer Dollars, Used to Purchase Miss Hospitality Program Tiffany & Co. Jewelry

For the past 18 years the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant, held at the Saenger Theater has successfully generated a profit in Hattiesburg. The winner of the state-wide pageant receives a prize package, including Tiffany jewelry, and a trip to the New York Mississippi Picnic in Central Park, paid for by pageant profits, not tax-payer dollars. ...