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Hurricane Ida Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anna Roy Public/Media Relations Manager 228-388-2993 anna@coastalmississippi.com Hurricane Ida Update COASTAL MISSISSIPPI (September 1, 2021) – Coastal Mississippi is grateful that Hurricane Ida’s impact to the region was minimal. As a Coastal region that welcomes over 14.2 million visitors a year, we maintain a high level of advance preparedness for storms and a commitment to quickly resume operations as soon as possible. Due to the hard work of our public officials and the dedication of our exceptional industry leaders…

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25 Best Fall Vacations in the U.S.

If you’re looking for the best fall vacations in the U.S., here are the top recommendations from experienced travel writers. With their help, I’ve put together this list of the best fall destinations in the United States. Autumn in the U.S. is the perfect time to travel because the weather is cooler and there are fewer tourists. It’s ideal whether you want to head for the hills to enjoy spectacular fall foliage or hit the beaches in the south. Best Fall Vacations in the U.S. – Table of Contents Northeastern fall vacations Midwest fall…

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Sites and bites: Explore Ocean Springs, Walter Anderson museum; dine at Mosaic

Kara Kimbrough Special to Mississippi Clarion Ledger I often compare a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to stepping into a different world. That’s especially true than when one drives over the stunning Biloxi Bridge and enters the oak-lined streets of Ocean Springs. Blessed with interesting art galleries, a quaint downtown filled with shops and one of the most beautiful beaches on the Coast, it’s truly other-worldly. Knowing there are over 100 restaurants in the city makes a trip to this artists’ paradise even more appealing. One of my…

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Coastal Mississippi Wins Gold dotCOMM Award for Best Travel Website

COASTAL MISSISSIPPI (August 9, 2021) – Coastal Mississippi has been awarded the gold dotCOMM award for best travel website. The Coastal Mississippi website (www.coastalmississippi.com) is developed and managed in conjunction with Simpleview, the travel and tourism industry's leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organizations (DMOs). The dotCOMM Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals…

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10 Best Restaurants On Mississippi’s Seafood Trail

Melody Pittman Delta Meat Market seafood appetizer (Photo Credit: Melody Pittman) I am always intrigued by the clever trails I find when traveling. Whether it is my competitive spirit or just a fear of missing out, I love to visit the trail participants as mentioned by tourism boards or, in this case, the MS Hospitality and Restaurant Association. A trail that has been on my radar for a while is the Mississippi Seafood Trail. Here are 10 restaurants on it, arranged north to south, including what to order. The Mississippi Seafood Trail…

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Gulf Coast Destinations to Visit | The Gulf Coast’s 25 Best Kept Secrets

The Gulf Coast is a coast where there is so much fun to be had in the sun that you’re sure to leave here with a sunburn. But we aren’t telling you anything new. It’s not hot off the press that the Gulf Coast is a hot spot, but what is hot are the secret spots you haven’t read about 1000 times. We have found the spots that are a bit more off-the-beaten-path and right-up-your-alley for a fresh new vacation that is sure to take you places you’ve never been before. So, read on for the Gulf Coast’s best kept secrets that you’ll have a hard time not…

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5 Best Pass Christian Restaurants

Pass Christian is a tiny, scenic city located along the 62 miles of coastline overlooking the Mississippi Sound. It’s also home to a gorgeous harbor whose history goes back to the beginning when French and Spanish explorers laid claim to the area. But Pass Christian really came into its own around the 1830s, years after Mississippi became a state. Back in the day, Pass Christian was a thriving port city located between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama. It was a center of trade and a sister city to New Orleans, having both the looks and the…

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Top American Vacation Spots in Demand for Revenge Travel

“Revenge travel” is an unusual phrase that evoked all sorts of untold creative interpretations in my mind (and they’d better go untold). But Next Vacay, one of those online “best flight”-type platforms, defines revenge travel as the massive increase in online searches in the United States for vacations following the loosening and then lifting of lockdown restrictions. Searches for revenge travel have, according to Next Vacay, increased 1025% since last June as travelers have embraced the concept of comeback-cation. “People are craving for a…

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A Tour Through Coastal Mississippi

Bay St. Louis Our coastal Mississippi excursion started in Bay St. Louis. We met up with our delightful hostess for lunch there and she gave us a taste of what we were going to be doing for the days we were visiting. We had a packed itinerary with some much needed down time along the way too. The heat and humidity in Mississippi packs a punch in the summer months and we definitely had to pace ourselves. We have heat and humidity in Georgia, but it’s kicked up a notch down there on the coast. We saw plenty along the way, but also had some built…

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Coastal Mississippi Sees 2021 Tourism Boom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anna Roy Public/Media Relations Manager 228-388-2993 anna@coastalmississippi.com Coastal Mississippi Sees 2021 Tourism Boom COASTAL MISSISSIPPI (July 16, 2021) – With the summer season in full swing, the tri-county coastal region is experiencing a major rise in visitation, and a vast increase in 2021 tourism numbers. Coastal Mississippi, the destination marketing organization (DMO) for the State’s tri-county coastal region, is reporting that tourism numbers for the first five months of 2021 are higher or beginning to surpass those of the previous four years. Year-to-date, Room Revenue has jumped from $119 million in 2018 and $124 million in 2019 to $138 million as of May 2021, which, among other key performance indicators, reflects the increase in Average Daily Rate (ADR) from $79.59 in 2018 to $90.70 in 2021. Occupancy for the first five months of 2021 is at 68.93%, which reflects a successful recovery from the challenges faced in the past two years…

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