Posts Tagged ‘hospitality’

State’s casinos see 7 percent drop in revenue

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue resumed its year-over-year slide in June after showing positive results in May. Statewide casino revenue fell nearly 7 percent from June 2012 to $174.5 million, according to Mississippi Department of revenue figures. The state’s gambling halls eked out a 1 percent gain in 2012, because revenue rebounded after most […] [...]

Recreation group lobbying for new hospitality tax

GAUTIER — Members of the Gautier Recreation Advisory Committee are out promoting the 2 percent tax levy on the Aug. 27 ballot. The committee chairman, Larry Dailey, tells The Sun Herald the levy will be imposed on prepared food, adult beverages and hotels and motels, and by law, 100 percent of the tax money generated […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Micajah Sturdivant leading MMI in a meeting of the minds

One of the things that I encourage leaders to do is have a “Mastermind Mind” group of 8-12 people who meet regularly to sharpen their skills. It is said that it is “lonely at the top,” and I have found that to be true for most leaders. These small groups provide a forum for leaders […] [...]

Golden Nugget stakes its claim on the Coast

by Published: July 5,2013

Tags: gaming, Gold Nugget Casino, Gulf Coast, hospitality, tourism

Late on the afternoon before the Golden Nugget’s big debut in Biloxi, general manager Jim Hoskins sounded calm and cool. “We have a great team,” Hoskins said by way of explaining his no-sweat attitude before the official unveiling of the new brand. The next day, on June 21, the ribbon was ceremoniously cut on the […] [...]

Jackson Convention hotel deal returns with new proposer, better terms

A Tampa hotel management and development company says it intends to break ground on a 330-room, $60-million convention center hotel in Jackson within six months. The saving grace of this project, said outgoing- Mayor Harvey Johnson, is that it would require the city to provide a backstop of only $9 million. Harvey called the proposal […] [...]

Founder of iconic restaurant to be honored by Marty Stuart

PHILADELPHIA — The founder of a popular Neshoba County restaurant is about to be honored by a well-known country musician. WTOK in Meridian reports Peggy Webb, founder of Peggy’s restaurant in Philadelphia, will be recognized during Marty Stuart’s performance at the Ellis Theater in Philadelphia on Friday night. Webb opened Peggy’s in 1961 and stayed […] [...]

Casino hotel construction playing beat the clock

BILOXI — The countdown is on and those driving by the new hotel construction on U.S. 90 are watching to see if the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi can make its planned opening by New Year’s Eve. Todd Raziano, CFO at the casino, tells The Sun Herald Premier Entertainment Biloxi and Hard Rock International […] [...]

State’s casinos finally see an increase in revenue over 2012

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue rose in May, the first month in 2013 that state’s gross casino revenue was higher than in 2012. Revenue was up 3 percent statewide to $192.7 million in May, according to the report from the Mississippi Department of Revenue. South Mississippi’s 12 casinos won $95.1 million in May, up […] [...]

South’s oldest casino to reopen as Golden Nugget

BILOXI — Although its hotel is still in the middle of a $100 million makeover, the oldest casino in the South will reopen at 1 p.m. Friday with a new look as the Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi. Changes range from new windows and fewer walls to new carpet and new nametags, The Sun Herald reported. […] [...]

With tar balls still common, some question end of oil spill cleanup

GULF OF MEXICO — Finding tar balls linked to the BP oil spill isn’t difficult on some Gulf Coast beaches, but the company and the government say it isn’t common enough to keep sending out the crews that patrolled the sand for three years in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Tourist John Henson of Atlanta disagrees, […] [...]

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