Cruisin' helps boost local economy

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - There's no question that tourism took a major hit from the oil spill this summer. Fall is usually considered the slow season for tourism, but things appear to be moving more steady than slow. This year's Cruisin' the Coast has helped jump start the influx of tourists in the off season.

General Manager of the Quality Inn, Pearl Trinh, said she is happy to see hundreds of new smiling faces enter the door.

Pearl Trinh said, "We're going to be full. I'm excited that we're going to be full."

Trinh said thanks to Cruisin' the Coast tourists are forgetting the oil crisis and thinking more along the lines of antique cars.

"People start trickling in right now and then by Thursday we'll have about 80 percent occupied. Then by Friday and Saturday we'll be full," said Trinh.

During the oil spill crisis BP gave the coastal counties $3 million dollars to help promote the tourism industry. Now business at Biloxi's Edgewater Inn is proof that the money is paying off.

"They're using that money wisely to bring them back in here. We're totally booked. We have nothing available," said Trish Adamic.

Manager of Edgewater Inn Trish Adamic said the hotel is 100 percent full from Thursday through Sunday. She said a majority of the rooms are being occupied by cruisers.

"Actually we're going better now that tourist season has come down and the oil scare is gone than we did all summer," said Adamic.

Both hotel managers said Cruisin' normally brings in a lot of business, but this year seems a little busier than normal.

"We're just glad Cruisin' the Coast is held every time about this time of the year with the off season and that will help the Gulf Coast a lot," said Trinh.

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