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PHIL HARDWICK — A Q & A with Airbnb

Led by Airbnb, the online lodging rental community has grown exponentially during the past 10 years. Estimates range from $100 billion to $170 billion in global sales. If you are wondering if Airbnb, Homeaway or one of the other online lodging providers might work for you as a traveler or as an owner, check out the information below. Most of ...

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Bank to sell historic Mississippi home and inn at auction

A southwest Mississippi historic home and inn will be auctioned after a bank foreclosed.The Natchez Democrat reports the Dunleith Historic Inn will be auctioned Feb. 1. Owner Michael Worley filed for personal bankruptcy last year, citing $107 million in debts and $80 million in assets. The house is among the most recognized antebellum structures in Natchez. A federal judge recently ...

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Alabama bans smoking on public beach

The sugar-white sand in Gulf Shores is Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront. This area also is undergoing $15 million in renovations and city officials want to keep it looking nice. So, in June, city officials adopted a wide-ranging list of regulations that included an Alabama first: The public beachfront became smoke-free. The ban is part of a ...

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Toot! Toot! New riverboat to ride Mississippi in New Orleans

Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller. This month the first new riverboat in more than a decade is set to launch in this Louisiana port city. A plunge in tourism after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 ...

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Jeff Davis’s last home looking for executive director

The board of directors for Jefferson Davis’s last home has hired a company to find a new executive director for the attraction in Mississippi. Beauvoir’s (BOH-vwahrz) development and programs director, Kitsaa Stevens, says Pace Employment Agency hopes to start interviews in January. Stevens tells WLOX-TV visitation numbers are up at the Biloxi (bih-LUX-ee) attraction, and an executive director is needed ...

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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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