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Ocean Springs named one of Budget Travel’s “10 Coolest Small Towns in America”

Budget Travel announced the “10 Coolest Small Towns in America 2018,” and Ocean Springs is one of them. “Coolest Small Towns in America” is in its thirteenth year of honoring American towns (population under 20,000) that offer travelers an unparalleled mix of culture, community spirit, natural beauty, and great food. “Ocean Springs plays an extremely important role in tourism on ...

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The MAX has become a reality in Meridian

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Nearly two decades ago, in 2001, the Mississippi Legislature had a dream of a major destination, a cultural magnet, in the Queen City. They believed in the power of tourism so much they allocated a budget of $29 million in Senate Bill No. 2666 they passed that year. After 17 years, and through financial blows from ...

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MDEQ gives Patel June 30 deadline to correct issues

TUPELO – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has told Tupelo hotelier and developer Bruce Patel that he has until the end of the month to correct issues the department found on a site visit last month to the Pinnacle Point development on North Gloster Street. Patel’s initial plans call for an $18 million investment in a senior living facility ...

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VisitHattiesburg awards Shining Stars at 17th annual luncheon

During the 17th annual Tourism Partners Luncheon recently, VisitHATTIESBURG recognized 32 tourism industry workers as Shining Stars as part of its National Travel and Tourism Week celebrations. The Shining Star award is Hattiesburg’s only service-industry recognition. The 2018 Shining Star recipients: Meagan Duckworth – Area Development Partnership Jamie Jefferson – Baymont Inn & Suites Mamie Seals – Baymont Inn & ...

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Ohr-O’Keefe Museum among 25 Best Galleries and Museums

For the second consecutive year, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art has been voted as the best museum or gallery in the state of Mississippi as well as one of the 25 best galleries and museums in the United States by the American Art Awards. Alongside the likes of the Newcomb Art Museum in Louisiana, The Leonardo in Utah, and the ...

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Carr elected to Mississippi Tourism Association Executive Board

Kelli Carr, Director of Tourism at the Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, has been elected to the executive board of the Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA) to serve in the role of Secretary/Treasurer. Carr has served on the statewide board as a representative of the Delta region for the past 4 years. “The Mississippi Tourism Association is an organization that focuses ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Tourism is on a roll in Mississippi

Tourism is on a roll. Although international visitors to the United States is down, domestic tourism continues to climb. Several states posted record tourism numbers. Ohio drew 219 million tourism visits in 2017, up from 212 million the previous year, and saw direct spending rise by $1 billion to $35 billion, according to TourismOhio. Governor Rick Scott said that Florida ...

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AAA announces Mississippi’s elite hotels and restaurants

AAA has announced the seven hotels and five restaurants in Mississippi that earned its Four Diamond Rating during the past 12 months. The AAA Four Diamond Rating is attained by just 3.9 percent of the more than 58,000 hotels and restaurants inspected by AAA. Mississippi hotels receiving the AAA Four Diamond Award are: BILOXI: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Hard ...

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