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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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Gilich wants to transform Point Cadet into tourist destination

  By LISA MONTI Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is putting together a partnership to help plan the transformation of vacant green space adjacent to the Point Cadet Marina into a collection of new tourist-friendly marine-related attractions. Among the improvements Gilich envisions is expanding the Gulf Coast Research Lab’s pier, where research vessels dock, to allow oystermen to offload their ...

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Hard history: Mississippi museums explore slavery, Klan era

In the 1950s and ’60s, segregationist whites waved Confederate flags and slapped defiant bumper stickers on cars declaring Mississippi “the most lied about state in the Union.” Those were ways of making a dig against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and journalists covering the civil rights movement. Decades later, as Mississippi marks its bicentennial, the state is getting an ...

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Analysis: Many parents for 2 Mississippi history museums

Two museums telling the story of Mississippi are opening on the eve of the state’s bicentennial, culminating years of planning. Many people deserve credit for pushing the projects from vague concepts into see-it-and-touch-it reality. High on that list is former Gov. Haley Barbour. During his final year in office, in 2011, Republican Barbour persuaded lawmakers to approve $38 million in state financing ...

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Promotions at The Natchez Grand Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi

The Natchez Grand Hotel recently made two promotions. Naomi Jones was promoted to Assistant General Manager, where she will be responsible for supporting the Hotel Manager with daily hotel operations and services. She also oversees all facets of hotel operations in the absence of the Hotel Manager. Jones joined The Natchez Grand Hotel in March 2008 as a reservationist and ...

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MGM Promotes Johnson from General Manager to President & COO at Gold Strike

MGM Resorts International recently promoted Melonie Johnson to president and COO at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica. In June 2015, Johnson joined the Company as general manager of Gold Strike. Previously, she served in leadership roles with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia, Penn National Gaming and Caesars Entertainment, among others. She has a Bachelor of ...

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