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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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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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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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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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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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Mississippi’s cultural identity

Heritage areas important to state’s tourism future Planning is underway for Mississippi’s two newly-designated National Heritage Areas, which promote and protect the regions’ cultural and historical identities. The Mississippi Hills and Mississippi Delta received the designations through federal legislation in 2009, giving Mississippi its third designation of the 49 in the United States. The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area ...

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Seratt, the ultimate professional

His downtown has seen a resurgence since his arrival a few years back With nearly 15 years experience in Mississippi tourism and a marketing career that spans three decades, Bill Seratt knows a thing or two about promoting the tourism industry in the state. He’s currently the executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, where he’s been at ...

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Touting country music

Country icon Stuart headlines Governor’s Conference on tourism Country music singer Marty Stuart will lend some star power to the Mississippi Governor’s Conference on Tourism this week as he helps state tourism leaders unveil 30 sites that will be included in a new country music trail. Stuart is one of multiple speakers at the annual conference, set to begin Sunday ...

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