Mardi Gras brings in tourism to the Gulf Coast

Some tourists are skipping out on New Orleans and Mobile for Mardi Gras and heading straight for Mississippi.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has seen a 30 percent uptick in lodging during Mardi Gras. Tourism around this time is a huge economic advantage.

According to Coastal Mississippi Tourism, a tourist spends between $200 and $300 a day, including lodging, food, beverage, and activities.

With the influx of people, Mardi Gras is one of the Gulf Coast’s most valuable times of the year.

Coastal Mississippi credits the Coast’s family friendly atmosphere. Coastal Mississippi CEO Judy Young said, “Mardi Gras gives us the opportunity to showcase all of our attractions and our southern hospitality, or as I like to call it, our coastal charm. We are a very hospitable group of folks, and we invite everyone in and treat them like family. I think that is the difference maker in any vacation.”

As Fat Tuesday approaches, it’s likely that more tourists will find their way to Mississippi.

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