Grab your suitcases because today is ‘National Plan for Vacation Day.’
Believe it or not, Americans have left a whopping 768 million vacation days unused in 2018, that’s nine percent up from 2017.
It’s not too late to plan for your vacation this year!
Here’s a look at South Mississippi’s key tourism numbers so far in 2019. According to Coastal Mississippi, the average daily rate increased to $88 which is a seven percent increase from 2018. Also occupancy rates were up to 73.4 percent.
Coastal Mississippi CEO Milton Segarra says these numbers clearly reflect the growth of the tourism industry in Coastal Mississippi despite the tough summer due to the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. “Last year was a very challenging year for us as a tourism destination. We have great results, but we also have some partners that had a difficult time. So at the end we had more visitors. We grew in some segments of the industry and we’re going to continue doing that. I’m sure 2020 will be great and if we have some challenges, we’re ready to take on.”
They also have a substantial amount of private sector investments in industry projects and development nearing $750 million.