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Charming Gulf Coast town delivers

Shopping, art, museums and history attract visitors to this cool coastal community   Ocean Springs is a colorful coastal city with an abundance of activities for visitors. It has more than 1,100 rooms for lodging, including hotels and bed and breakfast inns, all located a short distance from the downtown shops and beach. “Ocean Springs is a great getaway for ...

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Waiting, watching and planning

State’s gaming industry slowly recovers from recession while looking at new projects   The gaming industry is alive and well in Mississippi despite the recession that has affected this once considered recession-proof industry. The state’s top gaming regulator, a gaming operator and a gaming lawyer all believe the worst is behind and the future looks bright for this sector. “The ...

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Building on a musical heritage

The birthplace of country music only scratches the surface of the offerings in this town   Billed as “A Better Longitude on Fun” because it sits on the 88 degree longitude line, the City of Meridian promises a good time to visitors looking for a getaway destination. Known as the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers, the father of country music, the ...

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Hub City’s museums, outdoors, history beckon

Pine Belt’s capital gives visitors many choices   Outdoor activities, museums, a zoo, history, shopping and dining are some of the options waiting for visitors to Hattiesburg.  Billed as the Hub City, this South Mississippi city is conveniently located on Interstate 59 and U.S. Highways 49 and 98 and is home to the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey ...

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Tourism traffic, motor coaches pouring in

  People are on the road again to visit one of the Southeast’s most prominent heritage tourism destinations, the City of Vicksburg. “This spring we have seen a considerable increase in our tourism traffic, especially in the motor coach sector,” said Vicksburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau executive director Bill Seratt. “We have placed television advertising in our key feeder markets ...

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Charming visitors with a little bit of everything

  Confidence seems to be growing that the economy is coming back, and that bodes well for Meridian’s outlook for tourism in the summer of 2010. “We are cautiously optimistic that we will again have a great summer,” said Suzy Johnson, executive director, Meridian/Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau. “Our tourism indicators continue to reflect a positive trend in terms of hotel ...

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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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