TUPELO, Miss—Tupelo’s Blue Suede Cruise was named the 2016 Small Festival/Event of the Year by the Mississippi Tourism Association. The festival received this honor during a luncheon today at the 27th Annual Mississippi Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Natchez, MS.
“We are so proud that Allen McDaniel and the organizers of the Blue Suede Cruise have been recognized with this statewide honor,” said Neal McCoy, Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director. “This festival is a driver of tourism and we appreciate their immense efforts in putting on a quality event for our visitors.”
Nominated by the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau, the award entry highlighted the economic impact of Blue Suede Cruise, which was over $500,000 in 2016. The festival has grown every year since its inception, including 2014 when it was held just four days after the EF-3 tornado ripped through the heart of Tupelo. That cruise brought in over 700 cars, making it the largest on record at the time. The 2017 Blue Suede Cruise will be held May 5-7, 2017.
The Mississippi Tourism Association is the state’s voice for the tourism industry, engaging in tourism promotion, advocacy, and education. The Governor’s Conference on Tourism is the premier educational conference for tourism and hospitality leaders in Mississippi’s tourism industry.