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Coast Hotel Room Inventory Nearing 55 Percent

From: City of Biloxi        Vincent Creel             Filed 9/2/06  GCN

 A year after Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Hotel & Lodging Association reports, nearly 55 percent of pre-hurricane hotel rooms are now back online.

In Biloxi, 64.6 percent of the casino-resort rooms – 4,066 of 6,292 – are back in operation, but only 23.5 percent of the non-casino rooms – 691 of 2,935 – are operating.

“This is certainly encouraging news,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said of the report, “but it also shows just how far we have to go.”

The Biloxi numbers were buoyed by the August re-opening of the Beau Rivage and Grand Biloxi, resorts that together accounted for more than 2,000 rooms.

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