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Fourth of July weekend an economic boost for coast businesses

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the biggest tourism weekends on the Gulf Coast, especially when it comes to lodging and dining out. (Photo source: WLOX) The Fourth of July holiday is one of the biggest tourism weekends on the Gulf Coast, especially when it comes to lodging and dining out. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The long and busy holiday weekend has come to an end, and it's been a huge economic boost for cities across the coast as hundreds of locals and tourists flocked to the beaches, restaurants and other tourist attractions. 

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the biggest tourism weekends on the Gulf Coast, especially when it comes to lodging and dining out. Over at the Courtyard by Marriott in Gulfport, General Manager Kammie Smith credits the growth of the coast for the extra business.

"The city of Gulfport and the Gulf Coast in general has really beefed up their plan to keep those locals here and doing some fun things," she said.

With new renovations and a fully booked hotel, it was all hands on deck to make sure all guests were satisfied. 

"Of course we wanted to embrace everyone, but at the end of the day it's taking care of the guests. They're number one," Smith said.

Less than 10 miles away at Slap Ya Momma's Barbecue in Biloxi, restaurant General Manager Lloyd Quinn said the same.

"A lot of motivational speeches," he said in laughter, "and just the love of what we do. We've got a great crew and everybody just pulls together. It takes all of us to make this happen so, I mean, it's just a lot of cooking, a lot of smiling and a lot of sweat and having fun."

Quinn said as long as the guests stay and bring in extra revenue to the coast, they'll welcome them with Southern charm and hospitality to keep them coming back. He's also hopeful even more businesses will pop up to bring an even bigger economic boost in the future.

"When we get people coming in, it helps us," he said. "With everything the gulf coast has been through, everything helps, and I think it helps encourage new people that are trying to come up that want to jump out there and try for themselves as well."

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