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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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Y’all Business’ up for Top National Association of Secretaries of State Award

Y’all Business, Mississippi’s website for free economic development information is one of four finalists in the National Association of Secretaries of State 2018 IDEAS Award contest. NASS recently named Mississippi among its top-four finalist states for development of Y’all Business, www.yallbusiness.sos.ms.gov. Other finalists include initiatives in California, Colorado, and Indiana. The first-place IDEAS Award winner will be announced and recognized ...

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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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