The tourism industry in Mississippi, including Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, received millions of dollars in federal money to ensure the state could safely stay open for visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, CVB Executive Director Nancy Carpenter told members of the Columbus Exchange Club during their weekly luncheon at Lion Hills Thursday.
Main Street Columbus Executive Director Barbara Bigelow has been wanting to light up downtown for a few years now.
Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to appoint Joe Beckett, local businessman and antebellum homeowner, to the board of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For 22 years, Richard “Sonic” Johnson served at the Columbus Air Force Base as a pilot. For another 15, he was the public affairs director on base.
Columbus-Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau will soon see a new face on its board.
The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will continue to use “Columbus MS Spring Pilgrimage” as the name of next month’s annual event in defiance of a cease-and-desist letter from the Preservation Society of Columbus, which registered the name “Columbus Spring Pilgrimage” in September.
Nothing seems to be missing from the poster for the Columbus, Mississippi Spring Pilgrimage this year.
Whitehall, an 1843 antebellum home that has welcomed Pilgrimage visitors in the door for 13 years, is featured front and center. Familiar events, such as Catfish in the Alley, Tales from the Crypt and the Pilgrimage 5K Run, are listed near the bottom.
The local Juneteenth Festival will receive its full $15,000 from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau up front this year, a departure from previous CVB policy regarding festival funding.
A group of state trademarks filed in October by Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter on behalf of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation has been viewed as a power grab by critics.
When the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors convene for a special-call meeting Monday at 3 p.m. at the CVB offices, members hope to clear up some confusion about both the immediate and long-term future of the Columbus Pilgrimage.