Memphis is Open for Business

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, in cooperation with local and state emergency management personnel, is closely monitoring Mississippi River levels. The Memphis Riverboats are open for business as usual. Mirimichi golf course and the Tunica Casinos (located 45 minutes from downtown Memphis in Tunica, MS) are currently closed. Mud Island River Park is also currently closed, but is scheduled to re-open on Monday, May 24th.

Kevin Kane stated, “The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau is monitoring potential flooding throughout the city, especially in areas dedicated to visitor traffic. We have set up a community page,, that will be kept updated with all major decisions made in regards to the weather. The vast majority of visitor related businesses in Memphis are open as usual.”

Memphis in May International Festival organizers decided that due to high water levels near Tom Lee Park, the venue for the 2011 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will be moved. Organizers will relocate the event to Tiger Lane in the Memphis Fairgrounds. The dates of the event will remain the same, May 12 – 14, 2011.  All other aspects of the event, but the location, will be as scheduled.  Free transportation is running on a continual loop from four downtown locations to the Barbecue Contest from late Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening. Memphis in May’s Sunset Symphony will be back at Tom Lee Park. For more information, please visit

The river crested in the early morning of Tuesday, May 10th and is expected to recede on schedule. Memphis Public Works is closing floodgates ahead of the rising waters.  All City of Memphis flood control pump stations are in operating order.

Approximately 1,500 households have been impacted, which is less than 1% of all Memphis households (0.55%). It is estimated that less than 5,000 residents have been impacted, which is less than 1% of Memphis population (0.77%). Well less than 20% of the land area of the city has been impacted by this flood.  Most of this is unpopulated floodplain that has agricultural or recreational uses.

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official marketing and tourism organization for Memphis and Shelby County, is a private, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to building the local economy and the community’s positive image through tourism and convention development, major events and destination marketing.