Tourism hot spots predict promising summer


BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The bumps in South Mississippi's tourism road may be in the rear view mirror.  At least that's what Trish Adamic is thinking.  Adamic is a manager at Edgewater Inn in Biloxi.  She can't speak for other businesses, but as far as she's concerned, this Memorial Day Weekend on the coast has been one to remember.  "It was great for us. This was the first time since Katrina, that we sold out. Had rooms available, then sold out again in a matter of hours," Adamic said

Like hundreds of other companies on the coast, both big and small, business hasn't been at it's best at the Edgewater Inn over the past few years. But Adamic thinks that's all about to change.  "I really feel like it's going to be a great summer. Finally after Katrina, after the BP and everything else, this is going to be our summer. We've been saying that every year and every year we've been disappointed, but you can just feel it. This Memorial Day has been a jump start for us," Adamic said.

The hotel industry isn't the only one feeling a change coming.  During the holiday Ship Island Excursions saw more than 2,000 tourists on its ferry boats.  Captain William Buckley said most of them were from out of town.  "Definitely better than the recent years. We're still looking for that pre-Katrina level. The numbers we've seen thus far since we started in the spring are definitely giving us good indicators for this upcoming season so we're really looking forward to it," Buckley said.

Though no one knows exactly what's going to happen during this tourism season, there's at least two business that are looking for a promising future.

"I have full confidence in the coast. I've lived here my whole life and I love it down here. I'm glad to see it recovering the way it is since the storm," Buckley said.

"For the small business out there hold on, because this year is going to be for us," Adamic said.

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