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Cruise West to offer Mississippi River service

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Cruise West, a Seattle, Wash.-based small-ship explorations company, announced two new itineraries sailing on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers starting in March 2011. These inaugural voyages will take place aboard the Spirit of America, formerly the Spirit of Glacier Bay. “This market has been underserved since 2008 with the departure of Majestic Cruise line,” said Dietmar ...

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Report: Oil spill to cost $120M in lost revenues

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Gulf of Mexico oil spill will cost Mississippi’s coastal counties nearly $120 million in lost tourism and service industry revenues this summer season, even though the state’s beaches have not been hit by crude, say researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi. David Butler and Edward Sayre project a 5 percent revenue loss from May ...

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City's tourism tax proposal put on hold

FULTON — Fulton Mayor Paul Walker says a proposal to increase the tourism tax on hotel rooms will not appear on the November ballot as originally planned. Walker tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the tax must be voted on in a citywide election rather than one that would include county voters outside the town. The proposal would add ...

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Supervisors petitioning for resort status

CLAY COUNTY — Clay County supervisors have given their endorsement to resort status for the Prairie Wildlife Preserve. The Mississippi State Tax Commission will have the final say. Several areas in Mississippi have resort status, including casinos, state parks and the Ross Barnett Reservoir. No package sales are allowed. Resort status only applies to by-the-drink sales of beer, wine and ...

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Fla. tourism group runs ads to quell oil worries

Florida tourism officials are taking to the airwaves to try and combat worries over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is running radio advertisements across the U.S. that say "our coast is clean and our beaches are open." It’s also running a full-page ad in USA Today with a similar message. Association president Carol ...

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State gets tourism promotion funds from BP

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is preparing to launch a $15-million advertising campaign, coordinated with tourism and business officials across the three coastal counties, to promote tourism in light of the Gulf oil spill. The $15 million was made available to the state by British Petroleum (BP).

 Under Gov. Haley Barbour’s direction, MDA’s Tourism Division is developing a ...

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Coast casinos up, river boats down

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s 30 state-licensed casinos saw a drop in winnings from gamblers last month, although casinos on the Gulf Coast posted a slight increase in perhaps a sign that tight financial times for the business are starting to loosen a bit. Players lost $199.1 million in April, a 2.9 percent decrease from $205.1 million in April 2009, the ...

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CCVB offers funds for bridge work

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) has offered to pay one-third of the $400,000 match needed to finance the renovation of the old U.S. 82 bridge across the Tombigbee River into a pedestrian walkway. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is providing $2 million for the work. The city and Lowndes County has asked the CCVB to provide ...

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City wants to use tourism money for bridge

COLUMBUS — The City of Columbus wants to use money from a tourism tax to pay a $400,000 match to renovate the old U.S. 82 bridge across the Tombigbee River into a pedestrian walkway. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is providing $2 million for the work. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Mayor Robert Smith hopes to get Lowndes County to ...

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Isle of Capri buys Rainbow Casino

VICKSBURG — Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Bally Technologies Inc. to purchase its Rainbow Casino in Vicksburg pending regulatory approval. Under the terms of the agreement, which was approved by the board of directors of both companies, Isle of Capri Casinos will pay Bally Technologies $80 million in an all-cash transaction, assuming ...

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