Elvis Presley has won many an accolade for the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau this year. Most recent among them was the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association’s Award for Excellence, presented to the CVB at the association’s board meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The bureau’s work to re-create the King’s 1956 homecoming concert for this year’s Elvis Presley Festival also earned it the Southeast Tourism Association’s Shining Example Award and a place on the American Bus Association’s Top 100 International Events.
“I give my staff the credit,” said CVB director Linda Butler Johnson while accepting the award, a framed photograph of the reenactment concert next to a copy of the Governor’s proclamation about the event.
Because of the CVB’s involvement, this year’s Elvis festival offered a higher caliber entertainment and drew more people than ever in the event’s history, said Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the association, which hosts the annual attraction.
“They brought it to a much higher level in terms of what we were able to present, and we really reached the Elvis world in a way we never had been able to before,” Brangenberg said. “The Elvis re-enactment was absolutely wonderful.” Brangenberg, who was speaking at Benjamin’s On Main, said organizers are already working on plans to make next year’s festival even better. “I didn’t know how to top this last year, but we’re stepping it up a notch in 2007,” she said. “We hope to have more details to announce by Elvis’ birthday” in January.
Tourism Group Wins Main Street AwardNovember 08, 2006 | Other Source:Daily Journal
MauriceColgan wrote on November 08, 2006
Excellent news. Linda Butler Johnson and the staff at Tupelo CVB took my wife Maureen and I to lunch back in 2003. Their Trojan work to attract more Elvis fans to the City has borne fruit. Elvis's birthplace just a couple of hours from Memphis by car it is well worth exploring. The Mockingbird Inn is a neat place to stay. Tupelo is slowly but surely becoming very well known indeed around the world...even here in Irelandtoo.