HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Anticipation is running high as we enter the first big holiday weekend of the summer tourism season on the Coast.
Those who work in the tourism industry are keeping their fingers crossed that throngs of visitors will come calling for at least a couple of days.
"It has been extremely busy. We've been getting phone call non-stop for this weekend and we are completely booked. We have been booked for a while now for this weekend," Wingate Hotel desk clerk Renee Marshall said.
At the Great Southern Golf Club, the tee time sheet is filling up quickly. According to Bobby McCrimmon, it seems golfers want to take a swing during the holiday weekend.
"I'm already getting calls this morning. We opened at 7 a.m. and the phones have been kind of ringing off the hook asking about tee times for the weekend," said McCrimmon.
Officials at Beauvoir expect crowds to double, and which is good news for everyone.
"A lot of people are able to make long weekends and come down, and of course, it provides money. It sells hotel rooms and restaurant meals, and it keeps institutions like this moving along," director Greg Stewart explained.
The first big holiday weekend is a big deal at Big Play, owned and managed by Brandon Woolridge.
"It's huge, we definitely don't want rain. Being a seasonal business, you only have a certain amount of days and these are the ones we really count on for a good portion of our revenue," said Woolridge.
Restaurants workers are hoping to see every table filled with people for the big weekend.
"They're huge to us. The weather is always important to be nice so that people come out and eat. We don't want them in the hotel rooms, we want them on the beach and in the restaurants," restaurant manager Karen McCarthy said.
While many of the attractions the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer are located indoors, several are located outside and weather plays a key role in whether they succeed during the holiday weekend.
"You know, if it's bad we're not going to get any business. No one wants to come out here and ride a jet skin or aquacycle, or anything like that, and we're not going to make any money," said Delbert Sledge.
But judging from the weekend forecast, slow business won't be a problem.
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