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Group: Tourism has good year on Mississippi coast

A tourism group reports that 2019 looks promising for the Mississippi coast. Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast says that room reservations were up for 2018 and group bookings look strong heading into 2019. The Sun Herald reported the group bookings are for business meeting and sports teams visiting places like the Gulfport Sportsplex. Milton Segarra with Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast said ...

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Auto museum in Mississippi closing next year

An automobile museum in Mississippi is closing next year, with the co-founder saying it’s no longer “sustainable” for her and some volunteers to operate. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported the co-founder of the Tupelo Automobile Museum, Jane Spain, plans to sell all 178 vehicles the museum owns, with the proceeds for a charitable education foundation her late husband Frank ...

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Airbnb playing increasing role in Oxford

By JACK WEATHERLY Airbnb is playing an increasing role in providing lodging for visitors and tourists in Oxford. As a measure of that, San Francisco-based Airbnb Inc. said in a release on Monday that Oxford registered 5,700 guests and took in more than $1.1 million, during Ole Miss home games this fall. The 2018 numbers are double what they were ...

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’50 Nights of Lights’ in Cleveland

Years ago, a group of ladies in Cleveland persuaded business owners to put white lights in their windows and had white-light trees installed in downtown. Last year, a Christmas tree was added, along with lighted and animated decorations. This year, businesses, individuals and civic organizations contributed $200,000 to further enhance the downtown as a holiday destination. Now called “50 Nights of ...

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Greenwood recognized by Mississippi Tourism Association

The Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau recently received the Mississippi Tourism Association’s award for Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) of the Year in the $250,000-$499,000 Budget Category. It also received the At-Large Mississippi Research in Action Award. Pictured are, from left Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau representatives Forrest Hodge, Sales Coordinator; Danielle Morgan, Executive Director; and Andrew McQueen, Board Chairman. (Courtesy ...

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Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience names Trahan Marketing Director

Jerome Trahan, a native of Biloxi and long-time resident of Meridian, is returning to Mississippi as the Marketing Director for The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX). Trahan is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is a former resident of Northern Virginia, where he spent 11 years working in Amtrak’s Washington D.C. headquarters. Trahan began his career ...

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Official: Stranded dolphins may be related to hurricane

An official with the nonprofit Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi says the stranding of rare dolphins on the Gulf Coast may be related to Hurricane Michael. IMMS director Moby Solangi tells The Sun Herald of Biloxi that a stranded pantropical spotted dolphin was brought to the center in critical condition Tuesday night. It was found near Theodore, Alabama. ...

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