Mississippi Gulf Coast, MS Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 69
Total Sleeping Rooms 24,887
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 494
Committable Meeting Rooms* 28
Convention Center Space 400,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 129,600 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 40,260 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $299
*Maximum for a single hotel

Mississippi Gulf Coast, MS Meeting Planning Overview

Often called "the Playground of the South," this picturesque, sandy stretch along the Gulf of Mexico offers up exciting attractions, fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood, and first-class accommodations. With Mississippi Gulf Coast venues spanning everything from antebellum ballrooms to high-energy casinos to charter boats, groups can enjoy up to 24-hour fun at the premier gaming and beach destination in the south.

Located at the southernmost part of Mississippi, the Mississippi Gulf Coast sits between Mobile, AL, and New Orleans. Beyond the main cities of Biloxi and Gulfport are Long Beach, Pass Christian and D'Iberville, each with its own attractions, accommodations and unique charm.

Mississippi boasts the most valuable aquaculture industry in the U.S. and the second-largest fishing industry of the Gulf Coast states. The state is also fourth in corn and cotton production, and fifth in poultry production. Stable military, space and oceanographic agencies, ship building, and tourism industries have contributed greatly to the growth of the economy.

The primary airport for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, is served by seven commercial airlines connecting 2,000 flights throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, there is nonstop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Memphis, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and Tampa. For those traveling by ground transportation, the part of Highway 90 (known as Beach Boulevard) offers easy access to all Gulf Coast cities. Other areas of the state are easily reached via Interstate 10 and Highway 49.

Chief among Mississippi Gulf Coast venues is the completely renovated Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center and its 400,000 square feet of meeting space. Damaged in Hurricane Katrina, the facility has undergone a "rooftop to carpet" redo, resulting in a beautiful, navigable facility for groups of all sizes. An added benefit is the offices of the Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB are now on site at the center, making it a "one-stop shop" for planners needing assistance with site selection and accommodations, meeting promotion and management, special event and theme party planning, as well as on-site registration services.

If guests want to meet where they also stay, play and shop, the fabulous Beau Rivage Resort & Casino has 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and the IP Casino Resort Spa has 49,000. (Other area hotels offer from 1,000-6,400 square feet for smaller groups.)

One of the region's most sought-after attractions is something you get to do every day - enjoy fresh local seafood at an array of one-of-a-kind restaurants to suit every taste and budget. If golf is your game, you'll find the Gulf Coast has courses designed by the best - Nicklaus, Palmer, Pate, Love, McCumber, Fazio and more. Here, golf is a year-round pleasure, thanks to a temperate climate.

Unique meeting venues on the Mississippi Gulf Coast abound, with something for everyone. Host an outdoor party or wedding reception on the grounds of the stately Beauvoir, restored last residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Embrace your inner child and climb a treehouse at the

About Mississippi Gulf Coast, MS / Additional Info

Once home to the Biloxi Indians - who welcomed Pierre Le Moyne Sieur d'Iberville and a band of French explorers in 1699 - eight flags have flown over the Mississippi Gulf Coast, resulting in a rich diversity of culture and customs. Each has left its distinctive stamp: France, England, Spain, Republic of West Florida, Magnolia State, Confederacy, State of Mississippi, and the United States of America.

The area was once known as the Seafood Capital of the World. Today, that fishing heritage is displayed at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum along with tours of historic schooners and fishing demonstrations. The Gulf Islands National Seashore is a popular national park offering camping, visitor center, boat launching, pier, trails, picnicking, and pavilions.

Charming, stately buildings functioning as Mississippi Gulf Coast venues include the Old Brick House, Mary Mahoneys Old French House Restaurant, and the soon to open Grasslawn. The most famous home, Beauvoir, was Confederate President Jefferson Davis' last residence and is Biloxi's most treasured site, housing a collection of documents and artifacts from the Civil War. Indeed, Civil War buffs will find a wealth of history here. Fort Massachusetts, located 12 miles offshore on West Ship Island, was initially the property of the U.S. Government before Confederate troops took control of the island (only to have it recaptured by Union troops who used it as a prisoner of war camp). In 1862, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers resumed construction and completed it in 1866. Today, a ferry ride transports visitors to the island for guided tours of a symbol of a strong coastal defense.

Venture out from Biloxi and Gulfport to explore their friendly and welcoming neighbors, each with its own distinctive history and small town charm: Long Beach, Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and the serene Ocean Springs, whose name came from a New Orleans physician who established a sanitarium near the health-giving waters. It also has the distinction of being the second-oldest city in the U.S. Be sure and pick up a walking map at the Oceans Springs Chamber of Commerce on Washington Avenue. More than 100 points of interest are outlined on the map, everything from museums to restaurants, galleries, and shops.

The effects and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have become very much a part of the fabric of life of the Gulf Coast, with touching stories of strength and survival at almost every turn. The resulting restoration and renovation serve not only as constant reminders of nature's life-changing fury on August 29, 2005, but also as symbols of hope and faith in the face of adversity.

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