ConventionSouth

JAN 2015

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 19 S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T Drive-In Destinations See Ad On Page 60 Unconventional Conventions The Mississippi Gulf Coast has over 13,000 hotel rooms. Meeting space options vary from quaint bed and breakfasts to large casino resort properties. The Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Conven- tion Center offers more than 400,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space. The facil- ity features a 133,000 square foot dedicated exhibit hall with unlimited load capacity and plenty of power and water easily accessible for all your vendor needs. After the meeting ends, attendees will discover an instant escape where Southern hospitality, charm and beauty intermingle with world-class gaming to create a one of kind desti- nation. With options that include fishing, golfing, shopping, museums and dining, there is some- thing for everyone on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Home to 200 varieties of saltwater fish, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is regarded as one of the world's top saltwater fishing destinations. Char- ter boats are ready and waiting to escort anglers to sweet spots on the Gulf of Mexico. One-Of-A-Kind Heritage Several attractions highlight the heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast including the Biloxi Shrimping Trip, Old Biloxi Schooner, Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, and the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. Our newest museum, the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, showcases exhibits on shrimping, oystering, fishing, a shrimp peeling machine, and numerous historic photographs and objects. Driving west after dark from the Ocean Springs bridge, a "ship in a bottle" can be seen while looking at the museum. The 100 Men Hall is a hidden gem in Bay St. Louis. The hall is a memorable music venue that celebrates blues music of the South going back to the 1940's, when blues music was played most in Mississippi. Nature-Based Tourism Davis Bayou in Ocean Springs is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, a treasured landscape of biodiversity. Groups are able to tour the hiking trails, bird-watch, fish, bike, or picnic. The nearly two-mile Davis Bayou Trail takes visitors through the forest and over Davis and Stark bayous. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Estuarine Education Center in Jackson County prides itself on giving great service to our community and visitors alike. Team building recreational activities include a ropes course, trails, indoor rock-climbing, and water sports such as paddle boarding, and kayaking around beautiful Gulf Coast scenery. Mississippi Sound No visit would be complete without a day at the beach. Sugar sand stretches for 26 miles to provide the perfect place to jet-ski, sail, bodysurf, or simply lounge by the water on the beautiful Mississippi Sound. Beachgoers can also enjoy an excursion to Ship Island, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. So plan your next meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and stay awhile. You'll get it. n Crystal Johnson, Director of Sales, Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB A 20+ year veteran in the tourism industry, Crystal is responsible for both meeting sales and leisure group sales efforts. contact: (888) 467-4853 crystal@gulfcoast.org www.gulfcoast.org M e e t O n T h e M i s s i s s i p p i G u l f C o a s t The Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center

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