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Marriott becomes world’s largest hotelier, buying Starwood

FILE - This Monday, April, 28, 2014, file photo, shows a Marriott hotel in Cranberry Township, Pa. Marriott International announced Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, it is buying rival hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion in a deal that will secure its position as the world's largest hotelier. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NEW YORK — Marriott International is buying rival hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion in a deal that will catapult it to become the world’s largest hotelier by a wide margin. The stock-and-cash deal, if completed, will add 50 percent more rooms to Marriott’s portfolio and give it more unique, design-focused hotels that appeal to younger travelers. The new company ...

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Reviews are previews for potential hotel guests

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By BECKY GILLETTE Years back, Marion Wingo, owner of Oak Shade Bed and Breakfast in Ocean Springs, used to get most of her bookings from advertising with the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce and then by word-of-mouth. “Now, of all the ways I get guests, the online reviews are the single greatest factor,” Wingo said. Wingo’s location a block off ...

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Tourism group asks Jackson County for room tax

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked Jackson County supervisors for a 2 percent nightly occupancy tax on hotel rooms to support tourism. Harrison and Hancock counties have heads-on-beds taxes in place that raise money to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jackson County does not. Pascagoula, Moss Point and Ocean ...

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Bookings for future conventions increasing

Coast casinos and tourism officials put a lot of energy and resources into attracting and playing host to conventions, which fill up hotel rooms and restaurants and help plump up the bottom line especially during the off season. Crystal Johnson, director of sales at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, said convention business booked through the CVB ...

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White House hotel making comeback in Biloxi

One of the Gulf Coast’s flagship beachfront hotels is being restored from top to bottom and its long awaited reopening is set for mid summer. The historic White House Hotel, which sat empty for years, dates back to the 1890s and is the last of Biloxi’s popular 1920s era tourist hotels that included the Edgewater Gulf Hotel and Tivoli Hotel. ...

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Jackson Convention hotel deal returns with new proposer, better terms

A Tampa hotel management and development company says it intends to break ground on a 330-room, $60-million convention center hotel in Jackson within six months. The saving grace of this project, said outgoing- Mayor Harvey Johnson, is that it would require the city to provide a backstop of only $9 million. Harvey called the proposal from Robinson Callen Development a ...

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The wait continues for Edison Walthall hotel buyer

Hopes for injecting more life into downtown Jackson’s Capitol Street through a renovation and possible conversion of the vacant Edison-Walthall sustained a setback when the hotel did not get an acceptable bid at auction. For now, the circa 1927 lodging landmark will remain with the Landmark Center office building a block away as once-major properties on downtown’s main thoroughfare awaiting ...

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Chief health official calls bed bugs major threat to Mississippi hotels

Cimex lectularis — aka the bed bug — followed man out of the caves millenniums ago and has been biting the hand that feeds it ever since. And, increasingly, guests of Mississippi hotels are enduring those bites, Dr. Jeffrey Brown says. As state entomologist and director of the Mississippi Department of Health’s Environmental Services Bureau, Brown has been calling for ...

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Ex-Connecticut inn owner accused of bilking investors for resort project

LAKESHORE — A former owner of New London, Conn.’s, historic Lighthouse Inn is facing a trial in federal court on charges she helped defraud $1.7 million from investors in a resort project in Mississippi. Maureen Clark of Stonington and her former business partner, Cristopher Plummer of Lyme, were accused of using much of that money to pay expenses for the ...

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Commission gives nod to plans for Golden Nugget casino resort

BILOXI — The Biloxi Planning Commission has approved the $150 million renovation plans for Golden Nugget Biloxi casino resort. The Sun Herald reports the proposal now goes to the city council. Officials say the sale of the Isle Casino to Landry’s Golden Nugget is expected by August but the property won’t be re-branded until all the construction and renovation are ...

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