Casino Openings Highlight Start of 2006 - Friday 23rd of December 2005

BILOXI, Mississippi – When the Imperial Palace reopens asan upgraded, refurbished casino resort on December 22, the optimistic freshstart for the Mississippi Gulf Coast will begin with it.

Before New Year's, the Imperial Palace, the Isle of Capri, and the Palacewill all reopen, giving the heavily hurricane-impacted Coast a reason to greet2006 with hope and a brighter outlook. Between them, the three resorts haveapproximately 2,000 rooms, all of which will be in high demand.

"Having these three resorts back in business will attract thousands of daytrip customers, some of our meetings business, and many tour groups," saidStephen Richer, Executive Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention &Visitors Bureau. "Although we still will be far short of our previous roominventory and meeting space, we know that the demand to visit our destinationis high and that business will take off with the reopening of the ImperialPalace, the Isle of Capri, and the Palace."

Another highlight of renewed tourism industry activity occurred onDecember 16, when American Eagle introduced two daily roundtrip flights fromGulfport/Biloxi Regional Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International. AmericanAirlines had been out of the Mississippi Gulf Coast market for over a decade.The new service will help bring air seats back to 92% of pre-Katrina levels inJanuary, when Continental adds additional seats.

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