- The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and other venues
hosted 15 meeting planners on a "Three Day Tour" of the
Mississippi Gulf Coast last month.
Gulf Coast hosted the final event by holding a trade show and luncheon
at the Gulf Park Conference Center. This showcased the facility's
ability to host meetings and provide excellent food and service
at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
eager to expose as many meeting planners as possible to all we have
to offer at the Gulf Park Conference Center," said Carolyn
Neblett, manager of lodging and Conference Center marketing at the
Southern Miss Gulf Park Conference Center. "We can provide
everything: lodging, meeting space and food for groups as small
as 10 or as many as 300. We want people to know that."
the Magnolia Chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association
International (HSMAI) planned the three-day tour, which ran from
Aug. 27-29. Playing on the theme of the Gilligan's Island television
show from the 60s, the group scheduled three days along the coast,
showcasing various meeting venues as well as the variety of attractions
visitors can enjoy when they bring their groups to the area.
able to show the planners a lot of the area they had never seen
before," said Brenda Taylor, HSMAI member and committee chairperson
for the event. "I believe the event was successful and that
we will see future business from the planners who attended."
planners are members of the Mississippi Society of Association Executives
(MSAE) and plan a number of meetings and conventions throughout
the year. Among the attendees were Martele Higgins with the Mississippi
Association of Supervisors, Bonnie McCormick with the Mississippi
Hospitality Beverage Association, Jackie Lett with the Mississippi
Association of Broadcasters, and Marilyn Musslewhite with the Mississippi
Consumer Finance Association.
for the Three Day Tour included events at the Holiday Inn Beachfront
Hotel, the Redding House, the Isle of Capri, the Imperial Palace,
the Beau Rivage, the President Casino, the Copa Casino, as well
as tours of the local area hosted by the Biloxi Tour Train, Hotard
Coaches, Bay St. Louis and ending with the Southern Miss Gulf Park
Hardy Hall on the Long Beach campus of Southern Miss Gulf Coast,
the Gulf Park Conference Center offers customized conferences and
meeting for groups of all types. The recent addition of the Advanced
Education Center Auditorium increases the meeting capacity to 500
people. Several additional meeting rooms offer comfortable accommodations
for groups from ten to two hundred. State-of-the-art audio/visual
equipment and onsite-catering facilities allow the Conference Center
staff to coordinate successful events, meetings, conferences and
retreats. Sixty overnight guest rooms with private baths, satellite
televisions and telephones can accommodate up to 150 people. Guest
rooms are also available for individual overnight stays. Guests
can enjoy tennis courts and volleyball on campus, or visit any of
the many local attractions surrounding the area.
For more information
on the Southern Miss Gulf Park Conference Center call (228) 865-4536
or (228) 867-8777.