2 months ago
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C-USA is a success for the Coast

With the 2017 Conference USA Tournament in the books, the teams have left town and the banners are coming down across Biloxi, but tournament organizers say there will be a lasting economic impact. Tim Bennett with Overtime Sports is the man responsible for bringing the Conference USA Tournament to the Gulf Coast. MGM Park enjoyed […]
2 months ago
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Start of the summer tourism season

Memorial Day doesn’t just mark the unofficial start of summer. It also begins a busy tourism season here on the Coast. Over the weekend, visitors flocked to our beaches, restaurants, and other hot spots, taking in all South Mississippi has to offer. Those tourists mean an economic boost for the Coast, something our economy depends […]
2 months ago
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Mississippi casino revenue

Casinos in Mississippi’s river region won less from gamblers in April while casinos along the state’s Gulf Coast won more. State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $175 million last month, down three percent from $181 million in April 2016. April is traditionally a middling month for Mississippi casinos, compared to busy March fueled by […]
2 months ago
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Hancock County businesses hope to create 2,300 jobs after survey

Officials are trying to bring more career opportunities to Hancock County. After results from a ten month survey on industrial companies, county services and tourism sector businesses, Hancock County officials are set on developing an action plan on how to create more jobs and make the county more tourist friendly. More than half the company […]
2 months ago
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Economic Vibe in Gulfport

As National Tourism Week continues, members of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast met with fellow businesses to discuss travel on the Coast. 6.2 million visitors came to the Coast in 2016, an eight percent increase from 2015. Those visitors spent just shy of two billion dollars, up ten percent from 2015. Officials also discussed their current […]
2 months ago
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Economic growth in Mississippi

Economic growth accelerated in Mississippi in 2016, but still trails the national average. Mississippi’s economy grew 0.8 percent in 2016, compared to a 0.3 percent increase in 2015. Growth was led by retail trade and agriculture. The mining and construction sectors shrank. Nationwide, economic output rose 1.5 percent during 2016. Mississippi, with a $108 billion-plus […]
3 months ago
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Preparing for Conference USA takeover at MGM Park

Competition is tight between the 12 teams in Conference USA as the top 8 will earn a spot in the conference tournament. That tournament is slated to take place at MGM Park later this month. Today, News 25 got the first look at the roadside banners which will welcome the tournament crowds which have been […]
3 months ago
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Tourism meeting in Biloxi

The numbers are in for tourism on the Mississippi Gulf Coast during the 2016 fiscal year. According to Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, 6.2 million visitors flocked to the Coast in 2016, an eight percent increase from 2015. Those visitors spent just shy of two billion dollars, up ten percent from 2015. There were a total […]
3 months ago
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Cruisin’ the Coast $28.6 million impact

The entire state’s total economic impact from 2016’s Cruisin’ the Coast is up 35 percent since 2011. Officials predict future numbers to just keep growing. The numbers from the 20th annual Cruisin’ the Coast event were announced at a press conference in Biloxi this afternoon. The last time officials measured the economic impact of the […]
5 months ago
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Economic impact of Mardi Gras

Even though carnival season lasts just over a month, the impact for local businesses is more long-term. Thousands of tourists and locals pour into boutiques, restaurants, bars, and other businesses along parade routes, boosting revenue by double digits. For new businesses, like the coffee and tea spot Coast Roast in Gulfport, it’s not just about […]