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Kevin Kane of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcomes Elvis Week 2016

Head of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Kevin Kane discusses the events of Elvis Week and its impact on Memphis Tourism.

Memphis, TN, July 28, 2016 --( From Beale Street and the Mississippi River to Bar-B-Que and blues music, Memphis' music, culture, and history are what makes it one of the most famous cities in the United States.

"The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau works hard to find the events and attractions that promote Memphis as an international tourist destination," CEO of the Memphis CVB Kevin Kane said. "The historical presence of Elvis Presley in the city just happens to be one of the easiest of those things to find and market."

Therefore, it’s no secret that Memphis prides itself for hosting the home of Elvis Presley. As such, Graceland has become Memphis' most popular tourist destinations.

Now that August is approaching, Elvis fans from across the world can start gearing up for one of Graceland’s most famous events, Elvis Week.

"This week-long event is the commemoration of Elvis Presley's death at his Graceland home," Kane said. "People gather to remember and celebrate his impact on music and American culture."

The massive compound hosts his grand Memphis home, which has been turned into a museum where tourists can view his original furniture and decor, as well as visit themed restaurants, hotels, and a multitude of other museums showcasing his records, clothing, cars, and even his airplane.

As the Elvis fan base is still immense worldwide, Elvis Week has a huge impact each year on Memphis tourism. Fans gather that week for commemorative celebrations of the music, movies and life of Elvis Presley.

"In the past years, Elvis Week has brought over 35,000 people to Memphis for the events," Kane said. "And this large number of tourists bring more than just a boost to Graceland. It impacts the economy of Memphis as a whole."

With thousands of people coming to Memphis for the week, the Memphis CVB expects the Memphis tourism and hospitality market and city economy to benefit. With tourism, money is spent at hotels, restaurants, city attractions, etc. All of the tourism money spent in the city, even outside of the event itself, benefits the city's economy and grows Memphis tourism.

The week-long event, lasting from August 8 – August 16 this year, will include tons of commemorative events like costume contests, concerts, dances, and panel discussions.

The hosts of the event will be former VP of Turner Classic Movies Tom Brown, Fox13 Chief meteorologist Joey Sulipeck, and Elvis Radio DJ Argo.

In addition, there will be plenty of celebrity special guests, like Elvis’ jeweler Lowell Hays and owner of Lansky Bros Hal Lansky. Performers will include former Members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet, Terry Blackwood and the Imperials, Andy Childs, Memphis Jones, and several Elvis tribute artists, just to name a few.

So if you’re an Elvis-lover just a tourist looking for a good time in Memphis this August, Kevin Kane and the Memphis CVB suggest trying out an Elvis Week event.
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