Cruisin’ organizers and business owners are hoping Cruisin’ will give that last minute boost to the summer tourism season, especially after the hit to our local economy in the wake of the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening and toxic algae bloom for much of the Coast’s summer tourism season.
Cruisin’ was initially part of an overall plan put into action 23 years ago to attract tourists to our area as the peak of the Coast’s tourism season wraps. The idea has paid off big time for antique car enthusiasts and the local economy — with more than 8,000 vehicles registered this year, attracting hundreds of thousands of people to our area who spend money at hotels, local businesses and other South Mississippi events and attractions.
While the Coast is still reeling from the ongoing effects of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, including water contact advisories for much of the summer tourism season that were just lifted a few days ago, Cruisin’ The Coast Director Woody Bailey says Cruisin’ The Coast couldn’t come at a better time for local businesses and tourism.
“The main thing is everybody come visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’re open for business. All the restaurant folks and all that I’ve talked to the hoteliers, yes they have had a tough summer and they’ve been looking forward to Cruisin’ The Coast being here to bring that economic impact and you know that’s what Cruisin’ The Coast does. We think it’s doing a good job and we think everyone will benefit from Cruisin’ The Coast being here.”
You can check out one of the many Cruisin’ venues throughout South Mississippi. It all wraps up on Sunday with a closing ceremony.