|SELLING TUPELO & ELVIS TO THE BRITISH
October 14, 2015 - DJ Journal / Elvis Express Radio
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Tupelo tourism officials will spend a week in England next month selling Tupelo and the Elvis Presley Birthplace as destinations.
Tupelo Convention and Visitor Bureau executive director Neal McCoy said Tupelo was invited to take part in Elvis at the 02, which is billed as the largest Elvis exhibition ever in
“It was only supposed to be a nine-month show, ending in August,” McCoy said. “But it has been so successful, they extended it three months. Some of the things in the show have
never left Graceland before.
“Graceland has invited us to come over and sell Tupelo and the Birthplace. This is a prime opportunity for us to go over and strike while the iron is hot.”
McCoy, TCVB international sales director Jennie Curlee and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton will fly to London on Sunday, Nov. 1 and return the following Friday.
“This has been in the works for the last three months, but we didn’t get the final OK from Graceland until last Thursday,” McCoy said. “We will host a reception that Tuesday for tour
and travel operators.
“Then on Wednesday and Thursday, we will go out on sales calls and sit down with the front line staff of travel agencies. We will tell them how to sell the Elvis experience to include
One of the ways is to encourage folks to fly and drive. One itinerary hits a number of spots that played prominent roles in Presley’s life. McCoy said the two-week trip would have
them fly into Atlanta, then drive to Nashville, Tupelo, Memphis, the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans before heading back to Atlanta.
“This is really too good of an opportunity for us to pass up,” McCoy said. “We have the money in our budget and essentially, the only costs are the hotel and the airline tickets.
“Since it is only three weeks away, the plane tickets might be pricey. I am estimating it will cost about $4,000 a person.”