Partnership presents plan to showcase nature of South Mississippi

Partnership presents plan to showcase nature of South Mississippi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The newest tourism initiative on the Mississippi Gulf Coast showcases the beauty that surrounds South Mississippi.

Dozens gathered at the Biloxi Visitors Center today to see the new logo and website of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area. Gov. Phil Bryant, along with Senator Roger Wicker and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann joined Coast tourism and economic leaders for the event.

The Heritage area was designated by President George W. Bush in 2004, but Thursday marked the full implementation of the designation.

Hosemann says this campaign could potentially bring millions in tourism dollars to the Gulf Coast.

"You know we get 70,000 foreign visitors to the Mississippi Gulf Coast every year? 70,000," said Hosemann. "And we get almost 2 million people visit here. So if they'll stay one more day, can you imagine what the economic impact is? So I think this is a great step forward."

Hosemann spoke about the numerous waterways and islands the Gulf Coast has to offer, including Cat Island, which the is currently only partially owned by the tax payers, but he says the state is in the process of obtaining full ownership from BP.

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