MS Gulf Coast prepares to host Governor's Conference on Tourism - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

MS Gulf Coast prepares to host Governor's Conference on Tourism

The Governor's Conference on Tourism begins this Sunday at Beau Rivage casino resort. The convention wraps up on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo source: WLOX) The Governor's Conference on Tourism begins this Sunday at Beau Rivage casino resort. The convention wraps up on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

What will it take to make the Mississippi Gulf Coast a "tier one" tourist destination?

That will be among the issues discussed at the upcoming Governor's Conference on Tourism which begins in Biloxi this weekend.

Tourists board the Sail Fish at the small craft harbor for the "Biloxi shrimping trip" late Wednesday morning.

The marine attraction enjoyed a decent summer season and will continue offering cruises through the first week of December.

Owner, Michael Moore, has some definite ideas for taking tourism to that next level.

"Branding the community. Branding the whole gulf coast. That's what it's about. We need to let the world know we're here. We need to start advertising more than the drive in community. I think we need to be going seven, 800 miles away," said Moore.

"We've had a tremendous response. We are so pleased with the tourists that are coming in," said Robin Krohn David, the director of the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Industry museum.

That new museum has been open just a few weeks.

The director is anxious to show off this new attraction during the upcoming tourism conference. She too has ideas about boosting the industry.

"We need more attractions. I think we need to keep the people here longer. We need to get back to pre-Katrina when they were staying here two and three nights," she said.

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center enjoyed a 10 percent increase in visitors this summer. The Gulfport children's museum hosted 30,000 visitors.

Its director credits marketing and says that's also the key to becoming a "tier one tourist destination".

"I think advertising of course is a big issue. We were one of the recipients of the BP grant money and so we were able to advertise outside of our local area this time and I think that's one reason we were able to draw so many people into the museum this summer," said executive director, Cindy DeFrances.

The Governor's Conference on Tourism begins this Sunday at Beau Rivage casino resort. The convention wraps up on Tuesday afternoon.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Jackson Elementary School will NOT be closing next school year

    Jackson Elementary School will NOT be closing next school year

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:57 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:57:38 GMT
    Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)
    Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)
    Jackson Elementary School will not be closing for the 2018-2019 school year. City officials met with leaders of the Pascagoula Gautier School District Thursday to discuss drainage issues on the school’s campus cited by the school district earlier this week. “We were happy to sit down today with the school district officials, for the first time, to discuss the drainage issues they are experiencing on the campus of Jackson Elementary,” said Assistant City Manager Fran...More >>
    Jackson Elementary School will not be closing for the 2018-2019 school year. City officials met with leaders of the Pascagoula Gautier School District Thursday to discuss drainage issues on the school’s campus cited by the school district earlier this week. “We were happy to sit down today with the school district officials, for the first time, to discuss the drainage issues they are experiencing on the campus of Jackson Elementary,” said Assistant City Manager Fran...More >>
  • Tuition to rise 4 percent on average at Mississippi universities

    Tuition to rise 4 percent on average at Mississippi schools

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:23 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:23:05 GMT
    In-state undergraduate students in Mississippi can expect a rise from $303 to $7,805 in tuition. (Photo Source: Pixabay)In-state undergraduate students in Mississippi can expect a rise from $303 to $7,805 in tuition. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4 percent next fall.

    More >>

    Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4 percent next fall.

    More >>
  • Mississippi receives $3.58M grant to fight opioid crisis

    Mississippi receives $3.58M grant to fight opioid crisis

    Thursday, April 19 2018 3:55 PM EDT2018-04-19 19:55:01 GMT

    The State of Mississippi has been awarded a $3.58 million grant to fight the opioid crisis, as announced by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

    More >>

    The State of Mississippi has been awarded a $3.58 million grant to fight the opioid crisis, as announced by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly