New CVB targets trash, blighted property to boost tourism
Published: August 29,2013
Tags: Chet Harrison, dilapidated property, Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Partnership, John McFarland, litter, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism, Tourism Partnership, tourist, trash, vacation, visitor
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Members of the new Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau are developing a vision and plan to increase tourism, starting in part by cleaning up South Mississippi.
John McFarland, Tourism Partnership chairman, says a report presented by members of the Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Partnership showed the No. 1 negative perception of tourists is the Coast’s appearance — litter and overgrown lots.
Chet Harrison, a board member, says as a tourist he would not get off the highway at a bad-looking exit where grass and trees are growing out of the concrete median.
The Sun Herald reports the new board started work in July and has a deadline of Sept. 30 to present its vision to the Harrison County supervisors. A month later, the bureau must submit its goals.
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