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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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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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