Best in tourism honored Tuesday

Published 12:01 am Sunday, May 24, 2015

NATCHEZ — Those who have aided the cause of tourism in Natchez and Adams County will be honored on Tuesday night.

The Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Natchez-Adams County Chamber’s Tourism Council will sponsor the annual tourism awards and reception. This year’s event is at the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau, 640 S. Canal, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

One out of five people residing in Natchez and Adams County are employed in the travel and tourism industry.

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“It also directly employs 2,275 people and travel and expenditures by visitors were over $108,000,” in the last year, said Debbie Hudson, president and CEO of the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce.

Those receiving honors include:

-Super Star award:

Mark Brockway, Alexis Davis, Ron Fry, Qwana Carter, Janice Stewart, Bryant Pearson, Vanessa James, Mary Starr, Brenda Zerby, Eric Barbato, Ricky Woolfolk, Carrie Lambert, Greg Iles, Sarah Jones, Clarence Green, Amanda Randall, Dominique Grandson, Keyward Battiste, Weslynn Williams and Mary Williams

-Property of the Year award:

King’s Tavern/Charboneau Distillery, Steampunk Espresso Bar

-Attraction of the Year:

Natchez Little Theatre, Great Mississippi River Balloon Race and Angels on the Bluff

-Mint Julep award:

Carolyn Vance Smith, Dot Clark, David Gardner and Judith Bingham

-Gone But Not Forgotten:

Charles Laird, Jim Nutter, Bobbye Kaiser, Camille Durkin, Mary Rodgers Jones, Margaret Wesley, Virginia Morrison, Mary Lou Boyles, Dax Jensen, Louise Burns, Janice Matt, Sis Stowers, Devi Nobles, Bill Slatter, Ruth Colter, Vera Callon, Judy Grimsley, Noland Biglane, George Vines, Mimi Dupre, Page Parker, Ruth Adell Lovitt and Carole Ferrell

-Special Recognition awards:

Natchez Historic Pageant, Downtown Karla Brown, The Natchez Brewing Company, The Renovation at The Castle, Rolling River Bistro, Natchez Bed and Breakfast Association, Road Scholar Program, Hampton Inn Renovations, Quapaw Canoe Company, Miss-Lou Tours/Redneck Adventures.