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Coastal Mississippi Launches Free, Online Coast Champions Hospitality Training Program

COASTAL MISSISSIPPI (December 17, 2020) – Coastal Mississippi is embarking on a mission to educate and engage hospitality industry employees like never before. The Coast Champions hospitality training program, administered through Bridge, a learning management system (LMS), is completely free and available online for any organization or individual involved in the tourism industry, directly or indirectly.

The Coast Champions online course is self-guided and is expected to take less than two hours to complete. Featured topics include COVID-19 best practices, the importance of tourism in Coastal Mississippi, meetings/events information and more. Ultimately, the course will address frequently asked questions from current and prospective visitors, inviting participants to learn more about the region.

After completing this self-guided online course, a certificate of completion will be provided to each employee, certifying them as a Coast Champion. Coastal Mississippi is also planning for post-pandemic opportunities, including behind-the-scenes access/tours to new tourism assets and networking opportunities for Coast Champions who have completed the course.

“We have learned through the challenges brought on by a global pandemic the importance of making educational opportunities accessible for everyone. We are excited to be able to offer this free opportunity to delve deeper into what Coastal Mississippi offers as a destination,” said Milton Segarra, CEO of Coastal Mississippi. “We understand that every interaction a hospitality employee has with a current or prospective visitor can create perceptions about what our 62 miles of coastline offers, and we look forward to engaging and inspiring those working in the hospitality industry on The Secret Coast.”

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Coastal Mississippi is an organization charged with promoting South Mississippi as a tourism and convention destination worldwide. Its mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure, convention, sports and business visitors to the area. It is dedicated to maximizing the travel and tourism industry for South Mississippi.
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