Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

New school start-date legislation signed by Bryant

JACKSON — Mississippi schools won’t be forced to start the academic year in late August, as they had been expecting to do. Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed Senate Bill 2571. It negates a previous law that would’ve delayed the start of the school year until at least the third Monday in August. Gulf Coast tourism […] [...]

Ag Museum introduces new branding effort

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum has unveiled a new branding strategy, which includes a new logo and updated website as well as promotional materials and design templates for way-finding signage. “The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is made up of many facets from the exhibit gallery to Small Town and rental facilities. […] [...]

Beauvoir director, board members resign over ‘direction’

BILOXI — The executive director Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, and two members of the historic property’s board have resigned. Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great-grandson of the president of the Confederacy, said there was a disagreement on the direction of the property between his team and the Beauvoir board. Hayes-Davis resigned effective March 3. […] [...]

Natchez Trace sees more visitors despite government shutdown

TUPELO — The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in recreational visits in 2013 despite the government shutdown, the National Park Service reports. More than 6.01 million people used and visited the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2013, which is up from the 5.56 million people on the Parkway in 2012. This made the Natchez Trace […] [...]

MDA introduces new ‘Mississippi Homecoming’ tourism ad campaign

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division has unveiled its new advertising campaign. With a nod to 2014 as the Year of the Creative Economy, the campaign – “Mississippi Homecoming” – invites visitors to celebrate every aspect of the state’s cultural heritage. “No other state in the country is home to such a wealth […] [...]

NPS releases economic impact study of Natchez Trace

TUPELO — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2012 shows that 5.6 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $125.9 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,550 jobs in the local area. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber, […] [...]

Quapaw Canoe Company gains legislative support in battle with tax department

A small business owner fighting what he feels is unfair state taxation can feel pretty lonely. John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company of Clarksdale has run up $20,000 in legal and accounting bills fighting a $41,000 bill from the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) for sales taxes on Quapaw’s educational canoe tours from 2009 to […] [...]

White House hotel making comeback in Biloxi

by Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, hotels, Mississippi, tourism

One of the Gulf Coast’s flagship beachfront hotels is being restored from top to bottom and its long awaited reopening is set for mid summer. The historic White House Hotel, which sat empty for years, dates back to the 1890s and is the last of Biloxi’s popular 1920s era tourist hotels that included the Edgewater […] [...]

Local travel agents are in it for the long haul

by Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, tourism, travel

Travelers have loads of online options when they’re buying plane tickets, booking cruises or just researching vacation destinations. But, travel agents say websites can’t match the expertise, experience and personal touch they can provide, especially when things go awry. As one Jackson travel agency says on its own website, “The Internet is for looking. McGehee […] [...]

Quapaw Canoe runs into turbulent waters with bills from state tax department

by Published: February 21,2014

Tags: business Clarksdale, Mississippi, outdoors, tourism

CLARKSDALE — The only nature tourism business in Mississippi that takes people out in canoes padding the Mississippi River has run into a major logjam that threatens to force it out of business. Quapaw Canoe Company, which builds the large canoes used to take people on educational canoeing trips on the river, has been hit […] [...]

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