Visit Jackson Names Hometown Heroes

March 7, 2024

Visit Jackson named its 31st annual Hometown Hero and S.U.M.I.T.T. award recipients in a ceremony held this afternoon at the Capri Theatre.

The organization joins tourism industry partners annually to recognize individuals and entities who continue to play an essential role in developing Jackson, Mississippi as a tourism destination.

Dr. Rickey Thigpen, Visit Jackson's President & CEO, opened up the event before introducing the hosts for the event, the Vibe Controllers, Merc B. and Cocky McFly.

The event was established as a culmination to reflect the industry’s deep appreciation for long-time commitment, accomplishments, and service by both individuals and entities that have enhanced the Jackson visitor experience and elevated the travel and tourism industry.

"As we continue to promote the vibrancy and economic benefits that the tourism industry brings to our local community," said Dr. Rickey Thigpen, Visit Jackson Presiden & CEO. "It’s because of you that Jackson Tourism served as a catalyst for a productive local economy in 2023 supporting over 48 thousand jobs in tourism, $33.7 million in tourism payroll, and $19.4 million in total tax revenue in federal, state and local taxes."

See the winners list here.