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Valued Partner, 

First, we are incredibly grateful to our state leadership for supporting the tourism recovery fund, the statewide, industry marketing plan to stimulate economic recovery.

This fund has given our destination the tools we need to drive visitor demand that will fuel recovery for our local communities and industry. Mississippi, the hospitality state, was built on our unmatched hospitality and we look forward to sharing that with the world again.

The impact of COVID-19 on Coastal Mississippi has been indelible, with the tourism economy suffering critically. Tourism is the lifeblood of our region, with the three coastal counties accounting for one-third of the state’s employees, expenditures, and taxes. Both statewide and regional responses to COVID-19 have impeded travel to the region, leaving our coastal economy in desperate need of recovery.

Coastal Mississippi’s tourism recovery plan holds the key to a stronger economic future. After evaluating the impact COVID-19 has had on our region, our plan is based on the following framework and will be executed with the assistance of our partner agencies PETERMAYER, SPARKLOFT, and Fahlgren Mortine:

  • Consumer sentiment and intent to travel
  • The readiness of the destination for tourism
  • Input from partners and stakeholders
  • Industry and competitive analysis
In all that we do moving forward, the Coastal Mississippi Promise of health and safety will be incorporated, reiterating the importance of safe travel practices. Please know that we welcome your feedback and suggestions as we continue to develop our emergence strategy. 

We extend a special thanks to our coastal delegation
for your continuous support of our industry!
  
We sincerely appreciate the commitment and dedication of Richard Chenoweth, who has served on the Coastal Mississippi Board of Commissioners for the last eight years. He was a phenomenal representative from Jackson County and is a true advocate for Coastal Mississippi tourism. On behalf of the many partners, fellow commissioners, and staff members, we thank Richard for his service to the organization. 

Additionally, we are excited to share our new board slate, whose leadership began July 2020. Learn more about our board
here

Coastal Mississippi Board of Commissioners 2020-21
  • Mary Cracchiolo Spain, Regional Communications Director for MGM Resorts International (Board President, represents Harrison County)
  • Mark Henderson, Owner of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company (Vice President, represents Hancock County)
  • Carla Todd, Past President/CEO of Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, represents Jackson County) 
  • Rob Stinson, Owner of Salute, The Reef, and Kelly's Sports Pub (Secretary, represents Harrison County)
  • Nikki Moon, Owner of Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast (Past President, represents Hancock County) 
  • Shirley Dane, Owner of The Coast Company design studio (Tourism Engagement Committee Chair, represents Harrison County) 
  • Rusty David, Retired from Bancorp South (Nominations Committee Chair, represents Harrison County) 
  • Kim Fritz, Owner of Fritz Development and former Regional Senior Vice President of Marketing for Caesars Mid-South Region (Marketing & Conventions/Group Sales Committee Chair, represents Harrison County)
  • Danny Hansen, Retired from Farm Bureau Insurance (Governance Chair, represents Harrison County) 
  • Bill Holmes, Retired from his role as Executive Director of Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center (Represents Harrison County) 
  • Richard Marsh, Retired from Anchor Glass and Harrison County Director of Committees for District 4 (Audit Committee Chair, represents Harrison County) 
  • Brooke Shoultz, General Counsel and former CFO for Blacklidge Emulsions, Owner of KB Shoultz Law Firm and Cohesive Solutions Consulting (Finance Committee Vice Chair, represents Harrison County) 
  • Clay Wagner, Senior Vice President/Economic Development Officer at Hancock Whitney Bank (Development & Government Relations Committee Chair, represents Hancock County) 
  • Rich Westfall, Retired from Charter Bank (Represents Jackson County)
  • Jim Williams, President of Lockard & Williams Insurance Services, Inc. (Represents Jackson County)
Finally, we are grateful to Crystal Johnson-Glover and Janice Jefferson for their steadfast commitment to promoting Coastal Mississippi as an ideal destination for groups and meetings. Both Crystal and Janice have retired after a combined 32 years with the organization. Both of these talented professionals will be greatly missed! 

Crystal dedicated 27 years of her professional journey to this organization and to this region. She developed incredible relationships with partners and meeting planners throughout her time with the organization. She always lent a helping hand through mentoring fellow sales managers and other team members when navigating the industry. 

Janice joined the team in 2015 and has close to 30 years of experience in sales in the hospitality industry. She committed herself to leading the sales department and is widely respected for her extensive knowledge and ability to develop valuable relationships with partners and clients. 

On behalf of the team and our board of commissioners, we sincerely thank Crystal and Janice for their dedication to Coastal Mississippi! 

Finally, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team should you have any questions. We thank you for your continued support and partnership. 

Respectfully,  

Milton Segarra, CDME
Coastal Mississippi CEO

Our Coastal Mississippi Promise of health and safety draws from recommendations developed by leading agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), and the industry guidelines developed by the U.S. Travel Association.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, we have supplied these best practices and standards to our industry partners, emphasizing the importance of employee and visitor safety. Please encourage your staff and guests to adhere to recommendations outlined by the CDC and MSDH. Some helpful tips are included below! 
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