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Visits to Mississippi Gulf Coast are on the upswing

RENEE ARENG By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Coast tourism leaders are touting improved numbers for 2016, saying that 6.2 million people visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast last year.  Their goal of 7 million visitors by 2020 is well within reach and hopefully attainable before then. “We truly believe that one voice is working,” said Renee Areng, Executive Director of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.  ...

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Tiger dies in Hattiesburg zoo; was on loan from Los Angeles

A zoo in Mississippi is mourning the death of a 5-year-old Sumatran tiger. The Hattiesburg Zoo says in a news release Monday that Cinta (shin-TAH) died Sunday after a sudden illness. A necropsy will be done at a Mississippi State University veterinary lab in Jackson, and results will be released in coming weeks. Cinta and his twin brother, Kuasa were ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: A trip to Vicksburg in the 200th, or so, anniversary of statehood

This city is, of course, best known for the 47-day Civil War military siege that led to its capitulation on July 4, 1863. Mississippians are marking the state’s 200th anniversary in 2017, overlooking the four secession years. Mississippi’s state motto ought to be left to Mr. Faulkner, arguably its most famous native son, who wrote: “The past is never dead. ...

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Hattiesburg’s tourism industry sees gains over previous year

City officials say tourism spending is up in Hattiesburg. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/2pCBGcH ) that annual audits from the Hattiesburg Convention and Tourism Commissions were recently shared with the city council. They show that in fiscal year 2016, visitors spent $274 million in the local economy. Rick Taylor, executive director of the commissions, said that number is an increase of ...

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Questions as Mississippi seeks to tax online lodging rentals

Mississippi’s tax collector wants to make sure people renting rooms or vacation properties online pay sales and lodging taxes. Some people, though, told Revenue Department officials at a Wednesday hearing that the department was overstepping its legal power, as well as not correctly following procedures for issuing new government rules. At stake is whether Mississippi and local governments will collect ...

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Po’ Monkey’s will rock the house again

By JACK WEATHERLY If you drive down a country road a mile or so west of Merigold next summer you might hear some familiar sounds above the crunch of the gravel beneath your tires. Not large farm machinery in the distance working the Delta land. It won’t be an illusion. It will be Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world-famous sharecropper’s shack turned into ...

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A FOCUS ON TOURISM: 5 boutique hotels we think you’ll like

A trend is growing among travelers for more intimate lodging with a bit of surprise By LYNN LOFTON Large hotels and chain lodgings sell consistency so travelers know what to expect. However, an increasing number of travelers prefer intimacy and an element of surprise which have fueled the popularity of boutique hotels. Generally defined as a small hotel with 10 ...

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Mississippi Confederate flag fight moves to new battlefield

A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over reviving a 2016 lawsuit filed by an African-American attorney, Carlos Moore. He contends the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech.” In a state with a ...

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Biloxi, Coast seeing more non-casino hotel rooms

By LISA MONTI Biloxi and other tourist-friendly coastal cities are seeing new investment in non-casino hotel rooms with more planned. For a tourism market that had to comeback from Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and then the recession, the additional rooms and new brands are making 2017 look promising. In the past year, Biloxi added about 500 rooms, mainly ...

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