Networking & Social Functions

Celebrate Like a Local in Mississippi

Opening Night Reception Hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB & Visit Mississippi
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 7:00pm -9:00pm
Recommended Dress: Business Casual

Celebrate Like a Local in Mississippi Join Visit Mississippi, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and our tourism partners as we kick off the 2018 Travel South Showcase. The opening reception, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will give you the chance to experience Mississippi like a local; all while enjoying views overlooking the Mississippi Sound.

Taste regional culinary specialties like fresh, local seafood, Delta catfish, tamales and more, paired with craft brews from every corner of the state. Hear the sounds of Mississippi, the Birthplace of America’s Music, where blues, rock & roll and country music evolved in the hands of artists like Elvis Presley, B.B. King and so many others. We invite you to celebrate the beginning of your Travel South adventure with an authentic Mississippi experience.

Signature Meal Functions

Mississippi Coast Convention Center
Monday, March 19, 2018 - Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Recommended Dress: Business Attire
  • Louisiana Breakfast
    Hosted by Louisiana Tourism
    Monday, March 19, 2018
    Ballroom A - Mississippi Coast Convention Center | 8:30am - 9:15am
  • Mississippi Luncheon
    Monday, March 19, 2018
    Ballroom A - Mississippi Coast Convention Center | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Biz Over Breakfast - Networking Breakfast
    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Ballroom A - Mississippi Coast Convention Center | 8:30am - 9:15am
  • Sponsored Luncheon
    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Ballroom A - Mississippi Coast Convention Center | 12:20pm - 1:30pm

Journalist Reception and Dinner

Fishbone Alley
Monday, March 19, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:30 pm
Recommended Dress: Casual

Enjoy a unique evening set against the backdrop of Fishbone Alley in Downtown Gulfport (contingency will be Chandeleur Island Brewing Company). Passed hors d'oeuvres and a coursed meal will highlight fresh Gulf seafood. Live music and entertainment, local vendors offering culinary experiences and interactive games also await. 

Shuttles will be provided from your hotel.

The Group Travel Leader's Lip Sync Showdown

Lip Sync Showdown Hosted by The Group Travel Leader
Downtown Biloxi
Monday, March 19, 2018 | 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Recommended Dress: Casual

THE STAGE IS CALLING! Now it's your state's turn to shine in The Group Travel Leader's second annual Lip Sync Showdown. Taking our cue from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show smash hit game “Lip Sync Battle,” The Group Travel Leader Inc. has designed our very own version that will pit each state in a head-to-head competition that will not only be wildly entertaining, but a truly memorable experience for everyone! Each State is allowed to submit one individual or group to battle for the championship. Pick your team, select your song and get your costume and dance moves ready for an epic battle in Mississippi Gulf Coast! Don’t want to battle? Come out and support your favorite team while you network, enjoy drinks,sing-alongs and more! The cost is only $35 and participation is limited to the first 125 delegates that register, so get your friends together and register today! You can register for the event when you register or online in My Domestic Showcase if you’re already registered for Showcase. If you want to be included in the Lip Sync Showdown, contact Kelly Tyner at The Group Travel Leader Inc. at 888-253-0455 or via email to reserve your spot.

Journalist-Only City Tours

Hosted by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast
Recommended Dress: Casual

Myrtle Beach Time

Final Night Reception Hosted by Myrtle Beach Area CVB & Couth Carolina Tourism
Pool Deck - Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Tuesday, March 20, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Y’all are invited to DiSCover the Endless Possibilities and the flavors of South Carolina. Picture yourself oceanfront enlightening your senses by sampling lowcountry favorites, sipping specialty cocktails and listening to TruSol with soulful renditions of classics from the Motown Era, 70's & 80's, up to the present Hip Hop and R&B. All that is South Carolina, Just Right!