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ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND The King Biscuit Blues Festival, pictured here, offers dozens of acts on its multiple stages and is part of the new "Bridging The Blues" 30-day collection of events within Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. INSIDER'S MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA G U I D E By Debbie Wood Mississippi Delta Why should you consider the Mississippi Delta for your next event? Wally Jarratt Quite simply, it is the Southʼs real display of Southern charm—where rural relaxation meets sultry nightlife—and barbecue and Blues reign supreme. Known as a crossroads of culture, the Delta offers world-class restaurants, casinos, museums, antebellum mansions, antique shops, and recreational opportunities like fishing and boating. No matter what part of the Delta your group gravitates to, the mighty Mississippi River and its splendid scenery will be there to inspire attendees. ■ Tunica Sparkles With Bright Lights & Bling Harrahʼs Casino In Tunica, you'll find a destination that sparkles even more after several enhancement projects, according to Bill Cantor, director of marketing for the Tunica CVB. "There are so many improvements. We have expanded many of our services and amenities to better serve our convention and event planners. The River Park is revitalized and has been expanded to become part of the planner's choice meeting spots. We have expanded our sales team and are able to provide assistance with minimal turn-around time, so we welcome all, and especially events with shorter lead times." Tunica offers the bright lights and bling of Las Vegas with its gaming, entertainment and fine dining. Casinos include Harrah's Tunica Hotel and Casino, Gold Strike Casino Resort, Hollywood Casino Hotel and RV Park, and Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. "Gold Strike Casino prides itself in focusing mainly on the customer's needs," explains Kimberly Jordan-Sides, senior sales manager. "We try to make each group have a unique experience and tailor their meeting to meet their hot buttons. It is our goal to continue to renovate our property to meet the standards our customers expect at an MGM resort!" The Tunica CVB has become a central source for event planners who are booking the city's casinos, Canter said. "We work together to bring more and more folks to the area, and collaborate in assisting planners with full and effective services so that they can have the best, most productive and enjoyable meeting event!" ■ Harrah's Tunica, pictured above, offers three hotels with a total of 1,356 guest rooms, an RV park, the Bellissimo Spa & Salon, several dining options, a convention center, and a 2,500-seat entertainment venue. 30 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜NOVEMBER 2013 w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m