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Conventions continue to bring big money to Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Conventions that bring hundreds or even thousands of people to town are in full swing in Mississippi bringing in visitors who have a major financial impact with spending for hotel rooms, gas, meals and visiting local attractions. Some of the biggest conventions happening at the Jackson Convention Complex are related to religious events, said Shun Hatten, vice ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mississippi conferences and conventions

The Mississippi Municipal League Annual Conference is the largest in the state. Held in the summer of each year at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, it is attended by some 3,000 local elected officials, presenters, vendors, and a variety of other parties. It is only one of hundreds of conferences and conventions each year in the Magnolia State. ...

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Reviews are previews for potential hotel guests

By BECKY GILLETTE Years back, Marion Wingo, owner of Oak Shade Bed and Breakfast in Ocean Springs, used to get most of her bookings from advertising with the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce and then by word-of-mouth. “Now, of all the ways I get guests, the online reviews are the single greatest factor,” Wingo said. Wingo’s location a block off ...

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Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau appoints Stacey Bland director of administration

The Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau has appointed Stacey Bland director of administration. Bland, who joined the bureau in 1997 as one of its four original employees, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center and Gift Shop. She also will manage employees at the Visitor Center, Mississippi River Museum and Gift Shop at the ...

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Convention centers across state throw open doors

The economy is shaky and casino business – a major player in tourism – is down. So, how are meetings and conventions – another important part of tourism – faring? Three of Mississippi’s most popular places for meetings and conventions – the Gulf Coast, Jackson and Natchez – say business is good. “Our convention and meeting business in Natchez has ...

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Silver Airways to start selling tickets for three airports by August

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Silver Airways will begin selling tickets by Aug. 1 for passenger service from three Mississippi locations. Mickey Bowman, vice president of essential air service at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based airline, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal flights from Tupelo, Greenville and Hattiesburg-Laurel in Mississippi, as well as for Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Lewisburg, W.V., will begin Oct. ...

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Isle of Capri rebranding Rainbow Casino as Lady Luck

VICKSBURG — The Rainbow Casino in Vicksburg will take on the name Lady Luck Casino next year. The Vicksburg Post reports the information was contained in the quarterly financial report by Isles of Capri Casinos Inc. It will be the fifth Lady Luck facility for the St. Louis-based gaming and entertainment company. The change will take effect by the end ...

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Commission gives nod to plans for Golden Nugget casino resort

BILOXI — The Biloxi Planning Commission has approved the $150 million renovation plans for Golden Nugget Biloxi casino resort. The Sun Herald reports the proposal now goes to the city council. Officials say the sale of the Isle Casino to Landry’s Golden Nugget is expected by August but the property won’t be re-branded until all the construction and renovation are ...

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Coast casinos up, riverboats down in April

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Revenue for Mississippi Coast casinos was up in April, but the take at river casinos dropped, depressing the overall revenue at the state’s gambling halls. The state’s casinos won 1.2 percent less money, with revenues falling to $187 million last month from $189.3 million in April 2011. Casinos in the Gulf Coast market’s revenue rose 6.8 percent, ...

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Three airports getting connection change from Memphis to Atlanta

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi cities that are losing their federally-subsidized air connections to Memphis will now be served through Atlanta. Silver Airways Corp. will provide 12 flights a week between Atlanta and Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport. The airline will fly 18 times a week from Atlanta to Tupelo, continuing on to Greenville. The communities had to seek new service when ...

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