tourism

Jeepin’ the Coast unofficially rolled along the Coast

While Jeepin’ the Coast 2020 was officially canceled due to concerns of COVID-19, jeeps from around the country still flooded the Coast this weekend. The normally four day event celebrating the love of all things Jeep went on unofficially. Saturday,…

Coastal Mississippi promises health and safety to tourists

If tourism numbers are any indication, it appears Coastal Mississippi’s message is coming across loud and clear - a promise of health and safety - a vow tourism leaders are urging everyone in our area to lend a hand with. News…

Beating the heat at the beach

With July 4th just around the corner, tourists and locals will be making their way down to the beach to celebrate Independence Day and cool off. Fourth of July on the Coast means barbecues, fireworks, tourists, and this year, sweltering…

Bringing tourism back to Ocean Springs

Did you know that over 50 percent of the business in Ocean Springs is tourist traffic? So, to help out the small businesses in the community, Ocean Springs will be debuting a new tourism commercial today. The employees over at…

COVID-19 hits tourism industry hard

The Mississippi Gulf Coast relies heavily on the tourism industry to drive its economy and now the Coast is taking a huge hit thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. When you think of tourism in South Mississippi you think casinos, beaches,…

‘Coastal Mississippi’ celebrates their one year anniversary

It was a packed house at the ‘Coastal Mississippi’ offices today as they celebrated their one year anniversary. One year ago, ‘Coastal Mississippi-The Secret Coast’ ad campaign was launched by the Tourism Marketing Organization for the Tri-County Coastal Region. Since…

Gulf Coast Winter Classics kicks off

Equestrians from across the country are on the Coast for a competition that’s become tradition for many. For seven full weeks competitors will head to courses at the Harrison County Fairgrounds to test their equestrian skills. Tom Brennan of northern…

Plan for Vacation Day

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…

Biloxi City Project discussions

There are a couple of big projects on the agenda for the Biloxi City Council meeting tomorrow. The city council will discuss a tourism project incentive for the Margaritaville Amusement Park and parking garage expansion. This sales tax incentive application…

Update on Bay St. Louis food and beverage tax

It is a busy time in Bay St. Louis with city officials looking to widen tourism and events in the city. News 25 caught up with Mayor Mike Favre this morning who is excited about where the city is headed.…

Cruisin’ the Coast impact on local businesses

After the hard summer on the tourism industry, many local businesses along the Coast were looking to ‘Cruisin’ the Coast’ to bring in sales. News 25 spoke with Shawn’s Petit Boy Liquor Store to see how sales were doing compared…

Tourism hopes for Cruisin’ the Coast

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. Cruisin’ was initially part…

Local lawmakers want legal action for spillway damages

According to the Department of Marine Resources, fresh water from the Bonnet Carre Spillway damaged Mississippi’s seafood industry.  After being open for a record 123 days, Mississippi lawmakers have started the process of possible legal action. Year after year, the…

Tourists enjoy Labor Day on the Coast

Labor Day is the holiday signifying the end of summer. Over in Biloxi, summer travelers were still out enjoying some morning fun in the sun. News 25 spoke with multiple tourists who say they love coming to the Coast for…

Centennial Plaza grand opening in Gulfport

It’s official! The Centennial Plaza is opening its doors for business. Tonight, the celebration was as grand as the transformation to the property. After sitting vacant for many years, the old VA hospital is now transformed into the brand new…

Senator Wicker introduces Fishery Disasters Bill

One of our state’s top lawmakers have introduced new measures to get fishermen more relief quickly in the wake of an unprecedented disaster. The ‘Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act,’ or the ‘Fishery FUNDD Act,’ would reform NOAA’s Resource…

Planning begins for Cruisin’ The Coast

Cruisin’ the Coast has been named the second best car show in America by ‘USA Today.’ Our own Coast staple came just shy of that first place prize, unlike last year when it was named first. With this new title…

Softball tournament’s effects on tourism

A softball tournament taking place in Gulfport has people from across the country visiting the Mississippi Coast this week. National Fastpitch Alliance’s inaugural National Championship at the Gulfport Sportsplex has brought around 112 teams from 20 different states to Gulfport…

Businesses affected by the algae bloom

Beachgoers here on the Coast aren’t the only ones feeling the effects of the toxic algae bloom. One Biloxi souvenir shop has continued to see a decrease in sales which is believed to be linked to the beach closures. Empty…