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One year and already an anchor

Convention center helping make Capital City a destination location Years prior to the grand opening, the citizens of Jackson overwhelmingly voted in support for a convention complex. And when it finally opened last year, the grand opening celebration attracted more than 30,000 guests through a free community open house and reception.  Now one year later, the Jackson Convention Complex has ...

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Some state organizations favor Florida for conventions

Some, though, like Mississippi Manufacturers Association prefer to spend money at home Florida, especially Destin, is a popular destination for the annual meetings and conventions of many Mississippi organizations. Representatives said members often use these conventions as family vacation time and want to go out of state.  The Mississippi Manufacturers Association is putting smiles on faces of people in the ...

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Golden Triangle has a charm tourists love

The Golden Triangle area of Mississippi is formed by the cities of Columbus, Starkville and West Point. The three cities work together to promote themselves, capitalizing on the rich diversity of activities, and attractions in the area.  “People love to visit Columbus,” said Stacy Clark with the Columbus/Lowndes County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Some visits are event-inspired – Spring Pilgrimage, ...

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Groups still booking events, just later

The trend across the country has been to book convention time at the ‘last minute’ Large and small conventions are being held in Mississippi, but the national recession is having an impact in size and planning. Tourism professionals who work with meeting planners and groups say the latest trend is to not book as far in advance as in the ...

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As economy improves, tourism sees upswing

It is no secret that with record unemployment and some of the worst economic conditions seen in many years, tourism in Mississippi has taken a hit. Fewer people have been traveling, and there has been a trend towards shorter vacations. But even in a down economy, tourism is a very important to the economy of Mississippi. “It is important to ...

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Budget travel keeps folks close to home

Ever tried being a tourist in your own hometown by visiting that museum or lake you’ve never gotten around to? Or, have you opted to take day trips to see the sights at cities within a couple hours drive? If so, you have participated in the phenomenon that has become more popular in the U.S. in the past several years ...

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Still rebuilding but planning for future

    The current mood of tourism on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a mixed bag. There’s optimism, caution, forward-thinking excitement and some apprehension. As this publication prepares to go to press, the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico remains unabated and its consequences for Mississippi unknown. At this time, no oil has reached state waters and ...

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State’s college towns offer exciting lifestyle

College towns are always a special place. There’s an excitement in the air from all the students who are not only there to learn, but to explore the world outside of their own home. Coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, boutiques and great night life seem to go hand-in-hand with a college town. In Mississippi, the “Big Three,” Hattiesburg, Starkville and ...

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Seal of Approval

Mississippi Lodging Properties Vie for “Hospitality Certified” Stamp  Earlier this year, the Mississippi Hotel & Lodging Association unveiled a new program designed to acknowledge hospitality-proven properties around the state. The statewide initiative integrates all tourism-related businesses and entities — the state tourism division, area convention and visitors’ bureaus (CVBs) and professional associations — with a focus on lodging operations. “Mississippi ...

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Pilgrimages, conventions and events

The star of Southwest Mississippi has always held true to its tourism fundamentals   Beautiful, historic Natchez on the Mississippi River with its many antebellum homes has always had a special tourism niche. Like many tourism destinations, this city has suffered during the recession, but things are looking up. “Things are going pretty well here,” said Marsha Colson, manager of ...

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