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Westjet to begin Toronto-New Orleans flights

KENNER, La. — Canadian low-cost carrier Westjet is starting nonstop flights between Toronto and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The seasonal service will operate four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It begins Oct. 31 and will run through May 8. The route previously was run by Air Canada, but discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Expedia offering support to oil-impacted markets

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Expedia Media, the advertising sales division of the online travel company Expedia Inc., is providing marketing support to destinations impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. During July, August and September, Expedia Media will offer a three-to-one media matching program for destination marketing organizations (DMOs) and tourism boards located in the Gulf states of Alabama, Florida, ...

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Travelers staying on the ground

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in Aug. 2009 declined by 4.1 percent from Aug. 2008, dropping by 2.8 million to 65 million, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). August was the 17th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from the prior year. BTS, in a release of preliminary data, reported international ...

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Diamondhead Casino still in game

DIAMONDHEAD — Deborah Vitale says jokingly that one day she will write a book, then a musical, on the saga of her professional struggles over the last decade-plus to get a gaming venue built on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. President of Diamondhead Casino Corporation (OTBB: DHCC), she can only chock up her company’s survival to divine intervention. “It is almost ...

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Dirt moving on hospitality/resort training center

HARRISON COUNTY — One of the key issues facing the tourism industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is workforce development. Finding and retaining personnel post-Hurricane Katrina has proven challenging. So, hopes are high for a new, state-of-the-art Hospitality and Resort Management Center on the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). The design work has been completed, ...

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MGM MIRAGE's Mississippi operations slumping

MGM MIRAGE reported a third quarter diluted loss per share of $1.70, compared to income per share of $0.22 in the prior year third quarter. The current year results were impacted by non-cash impairment charges totaling $1.17 billion, or $1.72 loss per diluted share net of tax, including a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge of $956 million related to the company’s ...

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