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Bookings for future conventions increasing

Coast casinos and tourism officials put a lot of energy and resources into attracting and playing host to conventions, which fill up hotel rooms and restaurants and help plump up the bottom line especially during the off season. Crystal Johnson, director of sales at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, said convention […] [...]

Biloxi baseball stadium bids $5M above budget

BILOXI, Mississippi — Construction of a new minor league baseball stadium in Biloxi hit another snag Wednesday afternoon when the lowest construction bid opened was $5 million more than budgeted. The lowest contractor bid opened at city hall for MGM Park at Beau Rivage of $32.37 million. “I’m a little disappointed, but that’s what the […] [...]

It’s summer — party time! A list of Mississippi festivals

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Blues, Business, festivals, food, Mississippi, music

» The Oxford Blues Festival is certainly not the only event scheduled this summer. Local culture, food, music, art and more will be offered across the state this month and into August. “Throughout the summer, communities host festivals and fairs that showcase the authentic sights and sounds of our state’s culture and invite residents and […] [...]

EATING UP THE BLUES — 5th Annual Oxford Blues Festival adds food to the lineup

Darryl Parker, organizer of the 5th Annual Oxford Blues Festival, recently received some inspiration — and validation — on a lonely stretch of Mississippi highway. “I was traveling along when I saw a van full of people that had pulled off of the side of the road,” Parker remembered. “The folks had stopped at a […] [...]

Biloxi reveals baseball stadium bids today; opening day deadline looms

General contractor bids for building the new minor league baseball stadium in Biloxi will be opened today at 4 p.m. at City Hall, marking a step forward in a project that is already weeks behind schedule with an opening day looming next April. The city had advertised weeks ago for a general contractor for MGM […] [...]

Majestic Star mulling alternatives to current debt structures

TUNICA — The Majestic Star Casino, LLC intends to consider alternative debt structures to refinance its existing first lien senior secured credit facility due Dec. 1, 2014, and second lien secured notes due Dec. 1, 2016. Proceeds from the refinancing will refinance commitments under the credit facility and the current principal balance on the notes. […] [...]

Officials to break ground on new D’Iberville casino next week

D’IBERVILLE — Land Holdings 1, LLC will host a groundbreaking for the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville next week. The Mississippi Gaming Commission recently approved construction of the Scarlet Pearl after Land Holdings I closed all of its necessary financing.  Construction will include the 60,000-square-foot gaming facility and a 300-room hotel. The groundbreaking will […] [...]

Voters to decide on city’s proposed hotel tax

BROOKHAVEN — City of Brookhaven voters are deciding whether to set a 2 percent tax hotel tax to pay for tourism promotion. The election is today. The Daily Leader reports that the tax, if approved, would be imposed on overnight stays at hotels or bed-and-breakfast inns with six or more rooms. Alderman David Phillips estimates […] [...]

D’Iberville casino approved; Diamondhead site rejected

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gaining one casino, but a second casino proposal was denied by the Mississippi Gaming Commission at its monthly meeting last week in Jackson. After receiving approval for its financing plan, Land Holdings 1 was given the okay to begin construction on the Scarlet Pearl casino, which will be located east […] [...]

Harrah’s Gulf Coast – Best Places to Work 2014

THIRD PLACE WINNER OF MEGA-LARGE CATEGORY Harrah’s Gulf Coast, formerly the Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel and Spa, is fancied by management as a resort brand that celebrates a place where guests can come to escape from their daily routines. Last January, casino officials announced that the property would undergo a complete revamping, from hotel room […] [...]

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