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05/25/03

Some Tourism Based Businesses Have A Good Memorial Day Weekend

Nathan Gunter's father wanted the five year old's first trip to the beach to be one he'd never forget even if it came with a high price tag. The Memphis man took his son parasailing.

"You have an excellent view from that high, we went up 1200 feet it was great," said Gunter. "It's a once in a lifetime (opportunity), well maybe not once in a lifetime, but it's a vacation so you splurge a little bit."

Plenty of splurging tourists stopped by Ace High Parasailing in Biloxi. The owners say business this holiday weekend is running at full steam.

Owner Jim Kiger said Saturday was especially busy. "I think the boys were out of here 'til about 7:30 or 8 o'clock and it was just steady, steady, steady."

Kiger says it isn't people's fear of heights that has hurt him in past years... it's their uneasiness about war and recession.

"I think this Memorial Day has been pretty strong, a lot better than it was last year," said Kiger. "We're doing a lot more business, the customers are a lot more happy and I think the economy is finally turning around."

Hayes Bolton's business is fueled by tourism dollars. He runs a snow ball stand and rents jet skis, beach chairs and the like. He needs as many people as possible to spend their Memorial Day weekend soaking up the sun.

"There are a lot of people in town and they seem like they want to have a beach experience and I would describe business so far as good," said Bolton. "We're doing a lot of jet skiing, there are a lot of people out enjoying the umbrellas and chairs and the other things that we rent."

Although it wasn't the busiest Memorial Day weekend they've seen, Bolton and Kiger say they're happy they can still welcome a good number of people to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

by Danielle Thomas

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