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State's casinos see improved winnings

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s casinos posted a strong rebound in money won from players in February. The Mississippi State Tax Commission says the casinos won $222.3 million last month, up 15 percent from $192.3 million won in January. In addition, the February figure is up 3.6 percent from the $216.5 million gamblers lost in February 2009. Casinos along the Mississippi ...

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Stuart unveils Country Music Trail

TUPELO — Musician Marty Stuart wants the world to know all about Mississippi’s contribution to county music, and he thinks as series of markers similar to the Mississippi Blues Trail is the way to spread the word. Stuart officially announced the creation of the Mississippi Country Music Trail March 1 during the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Tupelo, where ...

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Mississippi’s cultural identity

Heritage areas important to state’s tourism future Planning is underway for Mississippi’s two newly-designated National Heritage Areas, which promote and protect the regions’ cultural and historical identities. The Mississippi Hills and Mississippi Delta received the designations through federal legislation in 2009, giving Mississippi its third designation of the 49 in the United States. The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area ...

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Seratt, the ultimate professional

His downtown has seen a resurgence since his arrival a few years back With nearly 15 years experience in Mississippi tourism and a marketing career that spans three decades, Bill Seratt knows a thing or two about promoting the tourism industry in the state. He’s currently the executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, where he’s been at ...

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Lawmakers approve new tourism trail

JACKSON — Mississippi has already put up 100 roadside markers to highlight its blues music heritage. Now, officials are considering a broader approach to cultural and historical tourism. A bill that passed the House 117-0 Feb. 9 would authorize the Mississippi Development Authority to create a Mississippi heritage, history and culture trail. Lawmakers say the trail could have signs highlighting ...

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Public to weigh in on proposed harbor

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hear from the public Jan. 21 as the City of Bay St. Louis seeks permits for a $17.9 million project to build a new harbor. According to The Associated Press, Mayor Les Fillingame says the harbor will be fully funded with state and federal money. Plans call for a ...

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City to ask lawmakers for tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN (AP) — The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved a resolution asking lawmakers for a 1 percent tourism tax on restaurant bills. Mayor Greg Davis says the proceeds would be used for upgrades and maintenance at two parks, which are used for several major youth baseball and softball tournaments each year. Southaven, along with Horn Lake and Hernando, already ...

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Tourism faces more challenges in 2010

  Excuse those in the state’s tourism industry if they do not shed a tear for 2009 as it comes to an end. The recession, job losses and the corresponding drop in discretionary spending made this year quite forgettable. There was a 7 percent decrease in visitor expenditures and direct tourism employment in FY2009 compared to prior year. Unfortunately, 2010 ...

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Q&A: Mary Beth Wilkerson, deputy director, Tourism Division, Mississippi Development Authority

Taking the reins ‘Tourism is economic development’ Mary Beth Wilkerson is currently the deputy director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority and has operational oversight of all division programs.  A Mississippi State University graduate, Wilkerson was recently appointed MDA’s director of tourism, a post she will assume effective Jan. 1, 2010.  She recently sat down with the Mississippi Business ...

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Dirt moving on hospitality/resort training center

HARRISON COUNTY — One of the key issues facing the tourism industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is workforce development. Finding and retaining personnel post-Hurricane Katrina has proven challenging. So, hopes are high for a new, state-of-the-art Hospitality and Resort Management Center on the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). The design work has been completed, ...

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