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Tunica CVB named 'Shining Example'

TUNICA — The Southeast Tourism Society honored the best and brightest in the tourism industry at its annual Shining Example Awards ceremony, naming the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau the “CVB of the Year” for the Southeast. “Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry ...

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Travelers still staying on ground

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in June 2009 declined by 6.2 percent from June 2008, dropping by 4.2 million to 63.6 million, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. June was the 15th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from the prior year. BTS, in a release of preliminary data, reports that U.S. ...

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Senate passes tourism bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) that would revitalize federal efforts to attract more foreign tourists to the United States and counter the steep decline in international travel following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Tourism Promotion Act (S.1023) was passed 79-19. It is a bipartisan measure establishing a nonprofit Corporation for Travel Promotion ...

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Airlines' performance improves

The nation’s largest airlines had a rate of on-time flights this past July that was higher than both the same month last year and the mark posted in June 2009, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the 19 carriers reporting ...

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Tropical Storm Danny strengthens in the Atlantic

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Danny has strengthened a little in the Atlantic as it moves toward land while Ignacio has been downgraded to a tropical depression far out in the Pacific. Forecasters say people in the Carolinas and northward to New England should monitor Danny’s progress. Danny has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) early Thursday with slow ...

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Oh Danny Boy! Storm may threaten southeast

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Danny has formed in the open Atlantic off the Bahamas. Forecasters say the storm has top winds of 45 mph and is moving to the west-northwest at 18 mph. The storm could get stronger in the next two days. As of 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the storm’s center was about 445 miles (715 kilometers) east of ...

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Sports stars break ground for restaurant

PEARL — The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and the Pearl Chamber of Commerce recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for Mac and Bones Golf and Grill. Mac and Bones is expected to open in Oct. 2009, and will be located in Pearl across from Ryan’s Family Steak House. The partners in the business include former Ole Miss and New Orleans ...

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Huntingtons wins DiRoNA Award

JACKSON — Huntingtons Grille at the Hilton Jackson has earned the DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) award for its top quality and distinguished dining. The restaurant was part of the hotel’s recent multi-million dollar transformation, and appointed celebrity chef Luis Bruno, former executive chef for two Mississippi governors’ administrations, as its new director of culinary development. Mississippi’s award- winning ...

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USM's tourism program forms board

HATTIESBURG — One of Dr. Catherine Price’s first objectives as new department chair of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) was to form an advisory board. That goal became a reality when the inaugural meeting of the CHTM Advisory Board was held recently at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. “We have ...

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Bermuda, US coast warned as Bill stays offshore

MIAMI — Rain ahead of Hurricane Bill pelted Bermuda on Friday as the storm roared over the open Atlantic, threatening to flood the island’s coastline in passing and to spread dangerous waves and riptides along the eastern U.S. shore. The Category 3 storm’s maximum sustained winds lost a little strength overnight to near 115 mph, from 125 mph late Thursday. ...

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