Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau looking toward New Year

Published 5:47 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2022

The Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau will reach a milestone in the New Year and VCVB Executive Director Laura Beth Strickland is looking forward to the celebration.

“We are coming on our 50th year and are the oldest CVB in the state,” Strickland said. “We are excited to be celebrating that and look forward to celebrating it during National Tourism Week, which is in May.”

Also in the New Year, Strickland said, the VCVB will implement its strategic plan.

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“This is where we can bring other members of our industry into those areas of focus which are visitor experience, marketing, advocacy and workforce development,” she said.

The VCVB board is comprised of individuals appointed by the city and county who represent different aspects of the tourism industry.

“We have an incredible board, and they represent the many facets of our industry from members that are part of event committees to pageant board members to hoteliers — everybody that makes up our tourism industry,” Strickland said.

Those serving are:

City Appointees:

Johnny Reynolds, Miss Mississippi Pageant Board

Bess Averett, Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park & Campaign

Tiffany Robinson-Walker, Enterprise

Lynn Foley, SHS Hospitality Services

Patty Cappaert, Cappaert Manufacturing

Joint Appointee:

Patricia Hemphill, USACE Vicksburg District

County Appointees:

Myra Logue, Vicksburg Battlefield Guide (District 1)

Willie Glasper, Vicksburg Homecoming Benevolent Club (District 2)

William Nettle, Hampton Inn & Suites (District 3)

Claiborne Cooksey, ERDC (District 4)

Katie Feibelman, May & Company (District 5)

Vicksburg Convention Center Ex Officio: Erin Southard


About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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