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Mardi Gras and Super Bowl anticipation cause high tourism projections

While many people on the Coast are starting to relax from the havoc of the holiday season, those in the tourism industry are preparing for a very busy couple of months.

"Mardi Gras, Super Bowl, everything happens in the next 3 and a half weeks," said Kenny Glavan, the general manager of Four Points Sheraton in Biloxi.

Glavan said this is the home stretch.

"When New Orleans has a Super Bowl, it's like Biloxi and the Coast are having a Super Bowl," said Glavan.

Glavan estimates all 195 rooms of his hotel will be full in just a couple of weeks.

He said reservations are not to be taken lightly.

"They need to get on the ball. It's compressed now, we're there," said Glavan.

Just a few miles down Beach Boulevard is Edgewater Inn. It's a smaller hotel with expectations just as high.

"We will get a lot of people here that will want to watch the big screen TV. They don't want to go to New Orleans but they don't want to miss the action. So, they do stay here and watch the game," said Manager of Edgewater Inn Trish Adamic.

Adamic said she expects to flash the "no vacancy" sign soon.

The last time there was a Super Bowl in New Orleans was in 2002.

It was Super Bowl XXXVI, 11 years ago.

A lot has changed in 11 years.

"We've had to adjust and adapt with the resources that we have. We still don't have the inventory that we had before Katrina," said Glavan.

The changes that have happened in more than a decade warrants the question, will the coast be prepared for Mardi Gras 2013 and Super Bowl XLVII?

"I think we're prepared and we've gotten the word out to the locals and we're seeing it," said Glavan.

As they continue that preparation, they say they're just taking it one bead and one play at a time.

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