MDA: Most of tourism industry unaffected by flooding
by For the MBJ
Published: May 9,2011
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi state officials are working to inform tourists that Mississippi is open for business.
The State of Mississippi continues to monitor and assess the rising water levels of the Mississippi River, and state agencies are working with local, state and federal agencies to track water stages and road and business closures. The Mississippi Development Authority is working with the state’s lead agency, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, to stay informed of the latest developments and to assess the potential impact on business and tourism in Mississippi.
“We are concerned about the impact this will have on the businesses and individuals that make their living from our tourism and hospitality industries,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, director of Tourism for MDA. “With more than 78,000 Mississippi residents directly employed in the tourism industry and tourism revenue adding $357 million to the state’s General Fund each year, we encourage all to rely on sound information before making or changing their travel plans.
MDA’s Tourism Division has received the following updates related to tourism product closing due to the Mississippi River flooding:
• Lula — Isle of Capri closed
• Tunica — All casinos closed
• Vicksburg — Horizon Casino and Hotel (already closed for renovations; Ameristar Casino (open; possibly close later this week); DiamondJacks Casino closed; and, Rainbow Hotel Casino (open; possibly close later this week)
• Natchez — Isle of Capri Casino closed
• Greenville — Jubilee closed; Lighthouse Point closed; and, Harlow’s Casino closed
The 11 casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Pearl River Resorts in Choctaw are all open without disruption.
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