Signature Programs

Visit Jackson utilizes its services and staff to incorporate several signature programs to aid in strengthening the Jackson product, to recognize its accomplishments and provide resources to accomplish its goals.

Visit Jackson utilizes its services and staff to incorporate several signature programs to aid in strengthening the Jackson product, to recognize its accomplishments and provide resources to accomplish its goals.

HOMETOWN HERO AWARDS

Hometown Heroes, awarded in February 2020

Visit Jackson celebrates the best of the best in the Tourism Industry each year in the month of February. The awards program was created by Visit Jackson to recognize and show appreciation for the hard work of the industry’s top professionals who have helped contribute to the success of the tourism industry in Jackson.

Watch the 2021 presentation.


Tourism Visionary Award
– the highest industry achievement award recognizes industry partners who navigate new standards of involvement and cooperation to develop Jackson’s tourism future.

Hometown Heroes – Travel and Tourism Industry Employees in an industry-related business, which greatly contributed to the travel and tourism industry by serving above and beyond their usual job duties.

SUMITT (Superlative Merit in Travel and Tourism) Award – recognize Jackson’s top tourism entities for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of travel and tourism in Jackson.

MISS JACKSON HOSPITALITY

Dillard and Wade

MAKAYLA DILLARD, MISS JACKSON HOSPITALITY

Jackson-native MaKayla Dillard is the 2021 Miss Jackson Hospitality, joining other 18-24-year-old young women from across the state to serve as their community’s “goodwill ambassador for tourism.” The daughter of Tom Dillard III and Amy Hedgepeth Dillard, MaKayla is majoring in political science & broadcast communications at Hinds Community College.


KAYLEN MCKENZIE WADE, LITTLE MISS JACKSON HOSPITALITY

Brandon-native Brecken Barrett, 7, is Jackson’s Little Miss Hospitality, chosen to serve alongside Dillard. Barrett is a first-grader at Rouse Elementary where she is an honor roll student. Her favorite subject is STEM and, when she grows up, she wants to be a pediatrician. Barrett enjoys dancing, gymnastics, and art. She is the daughter of Chris and Tori Rice and Ben and Amber Barrett.