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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Conference on Cultural Heritage Tourism in the Delta, June 13

Bridging The Blues is just one example of a project that intends to both a) highlight and educate about the cultural riches of the Mississippi Delta region, and b) promote economic development -- in our case, bringing in more visitors to support existing blues clubs, festivals, museums and musicians, as well as to support local economies.

On June 13th a conference will take place in Greenville that will look at how to further develop the tourism sector--one participant is Roger Stolle, who has done much for the economy in Clarksdale through his Delta Blues and Folk Art  store, staging festivals, various media projects, and more.

Here's the official description of the event; for information call William Brown, 662-335-3523 x309  or go to www.deltamace.org

"The emerging market for Heritage Tourism in the Mississippi Delta is attracting tourists from outside the region who are motivated by interest in the historical, artistic, and lifestyle/heritage offerings of the region. This form of tourism is widely recognized for creating jobs and tax revenue for local communities. It also opens up a tremendous opportunity for new businesses to be created. With a variety of cultural related products and services to be sold, entrepreneurs will prosper from visiting tourists. The goal of the conference is to equip entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools they need to become viable in this growing market. Come hear expert presenters share their insights on how you can enter and compete in this vibrant market."

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