The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Since its establishment, the U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies
In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week May 3rd - 11th, 2014, visitors stopping at the Hancock County Welcome Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. will be treated to complimentary lemonade, coffee, popcorn, and a Mississippi souvenir. On Saturday, May 3rd, Anastasia Walrod 2014 Pearl of the Pass will welcome tourist to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. On Wednesday, May 7th, visitors will be treated to some special entertainment for “Hancock County Day”. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the entertainment will include the Diamondhead Line Dancers and the “Mississippi Gentlemen”. The “Mississippi Gentlemen” specializes in old pop tunes, country standards and western swing. Band members Bert Courrege (pedal steel), Danny Cuevas (lead guitar), Murray Cuevas (electric bass), and Ed Genois (fiddle) are residents of Hancock and Harrison Counties. On Saturday, May 10th, beginning at 10:30 a.m., St. Rose De Lima Drum Line and Praise Dancers will perform. The public is invited to attend.