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Visitor spending in Mississippi reaches $6.3 billion

MBJ staff Visitors spent $6.343 billion in Mississippi in fiscal 2017, which ended June 30, the second-highest amount on record, according to the new Visit Mississippi Tourism Economic Impact Report. Out-of-state-visitors spent an estimated $4.9 billion in the state in fiscal 2017, making up more than three-quarters of total visitor spending. The number of international visitors grew by 1.6 percent ...

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Mississippi abounds with great choices for romantic getaways

By BECKY GILLETTE Spring is in the air. The cold weather is over, and what better time than spring to enjoy a romantic getaway by staying at one of Mississippi’s many resorts and enjoying a truly exceptional meal? While there are many good choices, we look at three great places in Mississippi for a romantic getaway, Biloxi, Oxford and Choctaw. ...

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Day trip to the Delta

By NASH NUNNERY Travel through the heart of the Mississippi Delta and one thing becomes fairly obvious. Hint: It’s not that the terrain is flat as a dime or that there are millions of acres devoted solely to agriculture. People wave. Be it on a lonely stretch of narrow two-lane ribbon or across the street in a town, everybody waves. ...

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Laurel the new hip place in Mississippi

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Imagine South Mississippi, and it’s easy to envision the casinos, glamorous hotels and a New Orleans vibe. But imagine a small town in the Pine Belt with beautifully restored houses, restaurants offering homemade Southern cuisine with seafood right out of Gulf of Mexico, and the site of HGTV’s Home Town. That town is Laurel. Founded in ...

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Ocean Springs community awards presented at Chamber Annual Meeting

The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street Tourism Bureau recently recognized members of the community with its 2018 Community Awards at the Chamber Annual Meeting at Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center. Awards were given in the following categories: Volunteer of the Year, Ocean Springs Community Leader of the Year, Ocean Springs First Responder of the Year, Main Street of ...

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Board approves recommendation toward next step for new zoo

The board of directors for the Jackson Zoological Society has approved a recommendation to find a more optimal location for the animals and their visitors within the Mississippi city.News outlets reported Wednesday that the final recommendation was to investigate the adaption of 25 acres (10 hectares) of LeFleur’s Bluff State Park into a new zoological and family attraction. » HERE’S ...

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Beau Rivage charter program keeps growing with 23 percent of airport’s business

By LISA MONTI Keeping things running at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, with its 1,740 hotel rooms, 24-hour casino, 10 restaurants, award-winning golf course and other swanky amenities, is a massive operation. To ensure that the slots are spinning, the dealers stay busy and the hotel rooms are full, the MGM Resorts property has created its own air charter service ...

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Tupelo airport, Contour land $10M contract

TUPELO – The Tupelo Regional Airport and Contour Airlines got what they wanted – now it’s time to hammer out the details. Contour will continue to provide air service in Tupelo, connecting the All-America City with Nashville – or to a different or additional destination, if it chooses – as the U.S. Department of Transportation agreed to a 30-month contract ...

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