Tourism is a part of economic development and making it flourish is as easy as being nice to visitors.
That was the message that Sen. Lydia Chassaniol brought to Grenada Rotarians recently during a luncheon at Orleans Bistro.
Chassaniol is a Republican from Winona who represents the state’s Fourteenth District.
She was elected in 2007.
Chassaniol is also chair of the Senate’s Tourism Committee and as such is involved in tracking and promoting outside interest in the Magnolia State.
Tourism puts about $6.25 billion in the state’s coffers each year, Chassaniol said. That includes nearly half a billion in state tax revenues.
“Some 84,000 Mississippi jobs are directly related to tourism,” Chassaniol said.
It is vital that Mississippians live up to their reputations as being congenial hosts in order to combat negative stereotypes, Chassaniol said.
“It costs nothing to be nice to people, and that’s one of the things we do best,” said Chassaniol.