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Welcome Center Still Seeing Fewer Visitors

It was an extremely busy Labor Day for workers at the Jackson County Welcome Center.

Unlike most days during the past year, people from all over the United States visited South Mississippi in search of relaxation and a good time.

"I am going to the Beau Rivage, and it just opened, so it should be paying real good," Georgia resident Joyce Cash said.

But before playing the slots, Cash and her family stopped at the center to find out what else had reopened since Katrina. 

Workers at the Welcome Center are eager to see more folks like Cash walk through their doors.

"Before Katrina, our busy days would run between 1,800 to 2,000 people a day. Now, if we break 500 we're happy," Travel Counselor Linda Woodworth said.

And tourism workers say because so many local attractions were destroyed, visitors have few choices for fun.

"We used to be able to brag. We had everything here from historic homes to the space shuttle, Stennis Space Center, and I would love to have all that back again," Woodworth said.

With a number of casinos reopening and new businesses moving to the coast, Woodworth believes Mississippi could turn into a prime destination for tourism again. 

"We are excited for any business that reopens - restaurants, hotels, any type of attractions."

By Patrice Clark

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