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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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Travel South Showcase to roll into Mississippi

By LISA MONTI When the 36th Annual Travel South Showcase rolls into the Mississippi Coast this month, it will bring in almost 700 tour operators, journalists, travel service providers and destination market organizations from around the U.S. There will be thousands of business meetings, multiple FAM tours fanning out across the state and presentations highlighting attractions and amenities all over ...

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Chawlas apply for $6 million rebate on luxury hotel in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY Brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla have applied for a tax rebate from the state that would account for nearly a third of the $20 million luxury hotel they are building in Cleveland. The brothers, who own 17 hotels in the Delta, applied for the tourism rebate on Dec. 28 to defray costs on the Scion West End ...

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New CEO Segarra says his priority is to understand the culture and inner workings of the Gulf Coast

By JULIA MILLER Mississippi’s beaches have long attracted tourists to the area, but with a new face at the helm of the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, the tourism office is looking to grow its reach. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers an incredibly vast array of things to see and do,” said Milton Segarra, the new CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf ...

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Marty Stuart planning country music museum in Mississippi

Country singer Marty Stuart says he’s planning to develop a museum and performance hall in his Mississippi hometown to display his collection of 20,000 country music artifacts, including handwritten lyrics from Hank Williams. Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music will be in Philadelphia, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Jackson. Appearing Wednesday at the state Capitol, Stuart says international ...

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Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast announces new CEO

Milton Segarra has been named CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, the marketing organization charged with promoting tourism within Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. Segarra has over three decades of experience in tourism, corporate America and government experience, most recently as CEO of Meet Puerto Rico, the destination’s Convention & Visitors Bureau.   ••• » Before you go … … ...

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Chawla family: construction to resume on Cleveland hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY Chawla Hotels has answered reports that its most ambitious hotel project in the Delta has been stalled for months with reassurances that the $21 million project in Cleveland is still on go. Since the Delta-based hotel operation signed a deal with the Trump hotel organization in June on the Cleveland hotel – originally called the Lyric and now ...

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Tourism is economic development for DeSoto County

By JULIA MILLER Sitting right across the border from Memphis, DeSoto County Tourism is hoping to capitalize on its growth with a new marketing campaign: “South of the Ordinary.” “We have the extraordinary things to offer,” Executive Director Kim Terrell said, “We have that small town feel.” DeSoto’s tourism office created a countywide strategic plan in 2016, and at the ...

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