Tourism officials get low down on big 2016 numbers

The numbers speak for themselves: 6.2 million people traveled to the coast last year. They spent almost $2 billion. That translated into more than 30,000 hospitality-related jobs….

…Hard numbers are coming in from the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association for the spring break weekend. Occupancy was at almost 89 percent. That’s up 2 percent from last year. The average daily rate increased about $20 per room, and hotel inventory was up 6 to 8 percent.