COASTAL MISSISSIPPI (January 14, 2020) – Coastal Mississippi looks forward to a pivotal year for development and economic growth in the tri-county region. With a substantial amount of private sector investments (almost $750 million in industry projects in development) and impending disbursements, such as funding from the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund and Gulf of Mexico Security Act (GOMESA), Coastal Mississippi is looking at an extremely prosperous year ahead.

The Secret Coast is eagerly anticipating the completion of several major developments, such as the Mississippi Aquarium, the Margaritaville expansion, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art expansion, and the additional first-class lodging options at Legends (Biloxi), The Markham (Gulfport), and The Pearl (Bay St. Louis).

“With plans and strategic partnerships in place to promote economic development and maximize visitation to this region, Coastal Mississippi is poised and ready for an exciting year to come,” said Milton Segarra, CEO of Coastal Mississippi. “We continue to collaborate and innovate in tandem with stakeholders, industry professionals, multiple agencies and elected officials to elevate our destination. Working together is truly the key to bringing more businesses and visitors to Coastal Mississippi.”

“Our Coastal Mississippi team markets to meetings professionals, the leisure industry, the media, and consumers, promoting this truly unique and not-quite-discovered destination that offers the relaxation, adventure, and variety today’s travelers seek,” said Coastal Mississippi Board of Commissioners President, Nikki Moon. “With strategic efforts that we have in place for this coming year, deepened community partnerships, and exciting developments across the tri-county region, the future of the travel and tourism industry on The Secret Coast is looking very promising indeed.”


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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