Fall tourism season gets boost from BP

Labor Day weekend usually signals the end of tourism season for most beach communities. However on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that is not true. Especially this year, with three million dollars from BP that will be used by local festivals and tourism agencies to expand their advertising reach and grow their events.

Cruisin the Coast has become a major tourist event in October. Some five thousand antique car enthusiasts take part. Another big draw, the Biloxi Seafood Festival with all of its tasty food and live entertainment. And the Peter Anderson Festival brings in thousands of tourists looking for art treasures the first weekend in November. In addition several major youth sporting events, like the soccer and fast pitch competition will draw families from throughout the region.

Because of the BP money, a new fall fishing rodeo is being planned. With some of the best weather of the year in the fall, a fishing rodeo in October or November sounds like a great idea.

This year if we can capitalize on the extra dollars we have to develop new venues, then we can really become a destination for tourists from Labor Day into the Christmas Holidays. With your support and attendance, you too can help make our Mississippi Gulf Coast a true destination resort.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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