National Travel and Tourism Week
Today kicks off the start of National Travel and Tourism Week and the Gulf Coast has a lot to celebrate.
According to visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, occupancy has increased to 67.7 percent and the average daily rate has increased to $76.81, which generated a nine percent increase in occupancy tax collection. These numbers clearly reflect the growth of the tourism industry on the Gulf Coast and its importance to the region.
In 2017, the number of leisure and hospitality jobs was up to over 32,000 on the Coast. Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast CEO Milton Segarra says job creation is one of the most important aspects of tourism. “We are talking about generating economic activity through different activities, through hotels and casinos and small hotels to all the restaurants and venues and attractions, some of them new that coming in the next summer. So, we are talking about good jobs, immediate jobs that we need so much and I think that as the number of visitors increase the number of jobs will increase as well.”
According to Visit Mississippi’s tourism economic impact report, the Gulf Coast welcomed 6.3 million visitors in 2017 who spent $2.41 billion.