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Jun

11

2010

Webster Franklin, President & CEO of the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau

Webster Franklin is a product of the Mississippi Delta and calls Tunica, the northernmost country of the Delta, his home.

He attended the University of Mississippi and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon graduation he was employed in the White House for the George Bush administration.

In 1994, Mr. Franklin became the first paid Executive Director of the Tunica County, Mississippi, Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for drafting and lobbying for passage of the special legislation creating and funding the Tunica County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In January 1997, he became the first President and CEO of the new Convention & Visitors Bureau. In 2004, he was inducted into the Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame and the Tunica Tourism Hall of Fame. Recently named by Memphis Magazine as a “Power Player in the Gaming Industry,” Franklin is President & CEO of the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau. He is responsible for administering an annual budget of 3.6 million dollars for promoting tourism and leading Tunica County, Mississippi, to its goal of becoming a major tourist destination resort community. The budget includes all advertising, marketing, and public relations for the destination as well as overseeing these budgets for the Tunica Airport, Tunica Arena and Expo Center, Tunica National Golf and Tennis, and Tunica RiverPark. Under his leadership, the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau was named the CVB of the Year for the Southeastern US in 2009.
He lives in the Town of Tunica with his wife and two children. If you have any comments or suggestions for Webster, please send them to wfranklin@tunicatravel.com.

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