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Visitor spending in Mississippi reaches $6.3 billion

MBJ staff Visitors spent $6.343 billion in Mississippi in fiscal 2017, which ended June 30, the second-highest amount on record, according to the new Visit Mississippi Tourism Economic Impact Report. Out-of-state-visitors spent an estimated $4.9 billion in the state in fiscal 2017, making up more than three-quarters of total visitor spending. The number of international visitors grew by 1.6 percent ...

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Board approves recommendation toward next step for new zoo

The board of directors for the Jackson Zoological Society has approved a recommendation to find a more optimal location for the animals and their visitors within the Mississippi city.News outlets reported Wednesday that the final recommendation was to investigate the adaption of 25 acres (10 hectares) of LeFleur’s Bluff State Park into a new zoological and family attraction. » HERE’S ...

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Beau Rivage charter program keeps growing with 23 percent of airport’s business

By LISA MONTI Keeping things running at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, with its 1,740 hotel rooms, 24-hour casino, 10 restaurants, award-winning golf course and other swanky amenities, is a massive operation. To ensure that the slots are spinning, the dealers stay busy and the hotel rooms are full, the MGM Resorts property has created its own air charter service ...

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Marty Stuart planning country music museum in Mississippi

Country singer Marty Stuart says he’s planning to develop a museum and performance hall in his Mississippi hometown to display his collection of 20,000 country music artifacts, including handwritten lyrics from Hank Williams. Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music will be in Philadelphia, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Jackson. Appearing Wednesday at the state Capitol, Stuart says international ...

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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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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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Airbnb starts collecting 7 percent hotel tax in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Airbnb announced on Wednesday that effective Oct. 1 it began collecting from its member hosts a 7 percent hotel tax and will remit it the state of Mississippi. The announcement came two days after the state Department of Revenue revised its regulation on such accommodations to clarify with language from state law 41-49-3 in which “hotel” is defined ...

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Demolition moves forward to make way for Fondren hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY The dust is rising with on the demolition of property on the two-acre site for a 125-guestroom Homewood Suites. Of particular interest was the so-called Fondren House, which dated to the early 20th century. While “contributing” to the history of the Fondren Downtown Business District, it was not protected by historical status from being moved or razed. ...

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