Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions […] [...]

Bill would use casino taxes for bridges, little for tourism

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, taxes, tourism, transportation

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers met Sunday and neared final approval of House Bill 1630, which would use $36 million a year in casino taxes mainly to rebuild deficient bridges on state highways. Lawmakers agreed after casinos opened to use that revenue stream for road projects to improve access to casinos. But with those projects completed […] [...]

Speckled Trout World Championship moves to Gulfport Harbor

GULFPORT — The Speckled Trout World Championship is ready to move into bigger waters. The fishing tourney is scheduled for May 14-16 at Gulfport Harbor. John Rea, President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fishing Tournaments Inc., tells WLOX-TV in Biloxi that the tournament it has grown too big for the previous location at the Dock Bar and […] [...]

Birdwatching generates big bucks for coastal economy with room to grow

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: birding, Business, Gulf Coast, Jackson County, Mississippi, NEWS, tourism

By Tammy Leytham Wildlife watching – including birding – contributes millions of dollars each year to coastal coffers and with the new Pascagoula River Audubon Center opening in 2015, the sky’s the limit. Because birders like to plan trips to areas where they can see multiple natural attractions, the coastal counties are poised for growth […] [...]

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. […] [...]

Ag Museum to be closed through November; no evidence of arson

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is expected to remain closed to the general public until Dec. 1. Andy Prosser, deputy commissioner of agriculture, tells WJTV in Jackson the facility will be made available to individuals or groups who had already scheduled rentals for events. Three buildings — a children’s barnyard, a veterinary […] [...]

Investigation underway into cause of massive Ag Museum fire

JACKSON — €” State and local fire investigators began work Friday to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis says investigators were on the scene Thursday night and remained to start going through the debris Friday. He did not give […] [...]

Massive fire at Ag Museum destroys buildings; no injuries

JACKSON — At least two buildings were destroyed but no people or animals were killed or seriously injured as a large fire burned yesterday evening at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, the state agriculture commissioner said. Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith said it was not immediately clear what sparked the fire, which started about […] [...]

Museum’s blues education program garners national award

CLARKSDALE — The Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program in Clarksdale is among 12 winners of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the winners today at the White House. One international program will also be recognized with the International Spotlight Award for a youth-based program […] [...]

Organizers choose Clarksdale for R&B hall of fame

CLARKSDALE — The Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame will be in Clarksdale, says founder and CEO LaMont Robinson. Robinson announced the decision at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club, The Clarksdale Press-Register reports. Detroit, Memphis, Nashville and Jackson also had been named as potential locations. “Clarksdale is the perfect home for this […] [...]

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