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Westjet to begin Toronto-New Orleans flights

KENNER, La. — Canadian low-cost carrier Westjet is starting nonstop flights between Toronto and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The seasonal service will operate four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It begins Oct. 31 and will run through May 8. The route previously was run by Air Canada, but discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Oil forces state's first beach closure

HANCOCK COUNTY — State officials have closed the beach and parts of Beach Boulevard in Waveland because a significant amount of tar balls has washed ashore and on the road. Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality director Trudy Fisher told WLOX-TV there’s so many tar balls you cannot walk across the beach without stepping on them. Fisher says the water is ...

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Beach advisory extended again due to oil

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Mississippi State Department of Health extended the existing beach advisory in Harrison County. The new advisory extends to the west from Third Avenue (Henderson Point) in Pass Christian on the west to Azalea Avenue in Biloxi on the east. This area ...

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Buffet concert cancellation deals tourism another blow

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Realty companies and hotels on Alabama’s oil-stricken coast were hit with another wave of cancellations and lost business yesterday after the free beachfront Jimmy Buffett concert was postponed because of the threat of Tropical Storm Alex. With coastal tourism business already off by about half because of the huge BP oil spill in the Gulf of ...

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First oil spill-related beach advisories issued

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Mississippi State Department of Health has issued beach advisories for two locations in Jackson and Harrison counties today. This marks the first oil spill-related beach advisories issued in Mississippi. The affected areas were observed to have significant amounts of tar ...

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Tennessee looking to draw visitors with moonshine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Tennessee tourism officials see gold in them there hills where moonshiners once hauled illegal whiskey in fast cars. A new self-guided tour includes a network of roadways that span hundreds of miles across nine counties in northeast Tennessee and has been given the name “White Lightning Trail.” Tourism officials launching the promotion today in Knoxville, Tenn., are ...

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Tunica RiverPark featured in atlas

TUNICA — The best places to stop in America when taking a road trip have been named, and the Tunica RiverPark came out on top. Rand McNally, America’s most trusted source for maps, directions and travel content, has chosen Tunica over millions of locations as a unique travel destination for the prestigious Best of the Road award program. “The river ...

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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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