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Hattiesburg's Tourism Evolution

1990 · State legislature creates HCVB

1991 · Timberton Golf Club opens

1994 · Golf Package Marketing begins

1995 · Tatum Park softball/soccer complex opens

1996 · International Olympic Teams train in Hattiesburg

1996 · Hattiesburg Library opens featuring a 167-foot circular mural

1996 · Hattiesburg Zoo begins five-year development plan

1997 · HTC recruits the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant

1998 · Lake Terrace Convention Center opens

1998 · Canebrake Golf Course opens

1998 · Timberton Golf Club opens nine new holes

2000 · Longleaf Trace recreational trail opens

2000 · HHDA receives revitalization plan

2000 · Historic Saenger Theater re-opens

2001 · Shadow Ridge Golf Club opens

2001 · Armed Forces Museum opens

2002 · Hattiesburg's First National Tourism Week Promotional Campaign

2002 · Inaugural Tourism Summit

2002 · Walnut Street Development in Historic Downtown begins

2003 · City of Hattiesburg purchases trolleys for tourism

2003 · Tatum Park sports complex expansion begins

2003 · HTC unveils new Hattiesburg BrandPrint™

2004 · Hattiesburg Visitors Center opens

2004 · Mississippi Tourism Association honors HTC with Excellence in Tourism Award / Outstanding CVB

2004 · Travel & Tourism Research Association honors HTC with Research-In-Action Award

2004 · Southeast Tourism Society honors HTC with Shining Example Award / CVB of the Year

2004 · Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $150 million

2005 · Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International honors HTC with three national awards for “Hattie” BrandPrint™

2005 · HTC joins Hattiesburg Hotel and Lodging Association in raising $25,000 in Tourism Hurricane Recovery Funds

2005 · Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Association honors HTC with 2005 Philanthropy Award for Hurricane Assistance

2005 · Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $160 million

2006 · Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame inducts HTC Director, Rick Taylor

2006 · Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $171 million

2007 · Hattiesburg’s Historic Train Depot re-opens

2007 · Thad Cochran Center at Southern Miss opens

2007 · Hotel inventory grows to more than 2,500 rooms

2007 · HTC announces new operating name, VISITHATTIESBURG™

2007 · VISITHATTIESBURG™ debuts new tourism video and radio jingle

2007 · Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $211 million

2008 · Mississippi Tourism Association honors VISITHATTIESBURG™ with Tourism Promotion of the Year for Visitors Center promotional campaign

2008 · Lake Terrace Convention Center celebrates 10 years

2008 · Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $227 million

2009 · VH hosts Governor’s Conference on Tourism 

            City of Hattiesburg hosts 125th Celebration

            Visitors Center celebrates 5th year

            Miss Hospitality celebrates 60 years

            African-American Military History Museum opens 

            The Bakery @ Buschman development opens

            Saenger Theater celebrates 80 years

            Downtown completes phase one of street light project 

            Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $234 million

2010 · Blues Trail Marker unveiled at Hi-Hat Club location

             Freedom Summer Trail Audio Tour unveiled

             VH hosts Heritage Day

             Inaugural Festival South

             Tourism & Convention Commissions partner to manage Hattiesburg Zoo

              VH hosts Tradition/Innovation art exhibit 

              Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $241 million 

2011 · USO Museum hosts Jessie Brown Exhibit 

             Hattiesburg Flag Plaza opens

             VH and HHDA partner to host New Harmonies art exhibit 

             Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $225 million

2012 · Hattie Mural unveiled at the Visitors Center

             NTW campaign receives Research-In-Action Award

             Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $223 million

2013 · Inaugural Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival

             Hattiesburg Zoo Animal Hospital Quarantine Facility and Touch Africa Petting Zoo open

2014 · Restoration of African American Military History Museum after tornado devastation

             Asbury Discovery Center opens at Hattiesburg Zoo 

             Visitors to Hattiesburg spend $225 million