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Gulfport-Biloxi to Austin, Ft. Myers flights to be offered

MBJ staff Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will offer flights to Austin, Texas and Fort Myers, Fla., starting July 19. One-way fares start at $59, according to carrier Sun Country Airlines. Service will last through Dec. 16. “We appreciate the expanded partnership with Sun Country Airlines and look forward to having service to these rapidly growing markets,” said Gulfport Executive Director Clay ...

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Northeast Mississippi airport adds fourth daily flight

A northeast Mississippi airport is adding a fourth daily flight to Atlanta. WTVA-TV reports a new early afternoon flight will begin on June 8 from Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus. The flight connects to Delta Air Lines’ hub in Atlanta. The airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2018, with nearly 49,000 passengers boarding planes last year. That ...

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No Trump brand, but prime Cleveland hotel will open in fall

By JACK WEATHERLY In case you missed it, Trump Hotels announced last Thursday that it was parting ways with a Mississippi hotel chain with which it had planned to open a prime lodging complex in Cleveland. Chawla Hotels Inc., headed by brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla, were working toward adding what they were calling the Lyric to their chain of ...

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IP Recognizes employees for December, 4th quarter

IP Casino Resort Spa recognized several team members for their service, dedication and work ethic. December’s honorees were Maureen O’Gorman (Security, Dispatch), Andre Nguyen (Senses Spa & Salon, Manicurist), Ricky Sherrill (Infusions Coffee Shop, Barista), Chance Fricke (Food & Beverage, Lead Line Cook), Neisha Gabbidon (Hotel Housekeeping, Guest Room Attendant) and Ellyn Mack (Purchasing, Buyer). Fourth quarter honorees included part-time ...

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Developers propose upscale lodge, conference center for Franklin County

A public-private consortium on Friday announced a proposal for a 200-room lodge, 1,000-person conference center and related amenities on 150 acres in the Homochitto National Forest near Lake Okhissa in southwest Mississippi. The land purchase was authorized following Congress’ passage of the farm bill last month and gives the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, a coalition of local governments in five ...

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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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