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Ridgeland Tourism welcomes new executive director

The Ridgeland Tourism Commission has selected Chris R. Chapman as its new executive director, replacing Mary Beth Wilkerson, who retired in June. Chapman has over 30 years experience in the travel and tourism industry of Mississippi, incling being a bureau manager for Visit Mississippi (the state’s tourism office). She holds a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University, is a ...

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Mississippi zoo faces money woes, idea of temporary closure

The city council in Mississippi’s capital city has approved $200,000 to cover the Jackson Zoo’s “depleted” budget. The funds will cover basic expenses such as payroll and animal care for August and September, until the next fiscal year begins Oct. 1, The Clarion Ledger reported . Last month, zoo employees saw steep pay cuts and its executive director said the attraction was ...

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Tourism numbers up on Mississippi coast

Tourism has been growing on the coast of Mississippi. A survey conducted for Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and released Wednesday shows a 6.3 percent increase in visitors between 2015 and 2017. But the tourism group’s CEO Milton Segarra said he would like to see an increase in the number of people who visit the beaches for more than a day. ...

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Another luxury hotel to open in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House. Is there better name for a luxury hotel in the Delta? Tradition with a wink. The $17.6 million, 95-room hotel will open early next year in downtown Cleveland, dead center in the region known for the richest soil and earthiest music in the world. “It’ll be a very high-end product,” said Luke Chamblee, president ...

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Jackson Zoo workers get pay cuts as revenue keeps falling

Workers at the Jackson Zoo will see deep pay cuts amid declining revenue. Jackson Zoological Society Executive Director Beth Poff says the zoo is in “a dire situation.” She says the pay cuts will affect all employees. » HERE’S WHAT THE MBJ HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE JACKSON ZOO IN 2013 Poff says the zoo is operating with 32 employees, ...

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UPDATE: Another luxury hotel to open in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House. Is there better name for a luxury hotel in the Delta? Tradition with a wink. The $17.6 million, 95-room hotel will open early next year in downtown Cleveland, dead center in the region known for the richest soil and earthiest music in the world. “It’ll be a very high-end product,” said Luke Chamblee, president ...

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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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