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Hancock Co. welcomes Society of American Travel Writers
By Echo Staff
Oct 22, 2013, 20:04

This week Mississippi’s three coastal counties will host the Society of American Travel Writers, who will tour and share their experiences of what our state has to offer.
The writers will embark on several tours, seven of which will occur in Hancock County.
“It is a great privilege for the Mississippi Gulf Coast to host this prestigious group of writers from the Society of American Travel Writers,” said Hancock Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tish Williams. “We look forward to rolling out the red carpet to show them why Hancock County is one of the coolest places on earth to visit and live.”
“Hancock County is proud to host a number of breathtaking tours through our beautiful community,” said Myrna Green, Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau Manager. “We look forward to showing the rest of the world the treasure that is Hancock County.”
On Wednesday there are two full day tours, the Golf Tournament set for Hollywood Casino’s award winning Bridges Golf Club, and the Science and Space: Discover your Inner Explorer tour at NASA’s INFINITY Science Center.
After the golf tournament, the travel writers will attend an awards ceremony at the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, which served as a location for the 1966 filming of “This Property is Condemned”. During the Science and Space tour at INFINITY Science Center attendees will embark on a personal tour conducted by Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, who was instrumental in the formation and success of the center.
The following day five tours will come through Hancock County, two half day tours and three full day tours.
One of the half day tours will focus on historical sites that preserve our state’s rich musical background. The tour includes stops in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian before heading to Hancock County’s own 100 Men Hall. 100 Men Hall continues to serve as a regular venue for blues and jazz musicians to perform.
Also on Thursday will be the half-day Mardi Gras on the Coast tour. One of the stops on that tour will bring travel writers to the Visitor’s Center in Bay St. Louis, which is also a Mardi Gras museum featuring costumes made for local Mardi Gras royalty.
A full day tour on Thursday entitled Historic Bay St. Louis and INFINITY Science Center will bring travel writers to 100 Men Hall, the historic Train Depot, and on a brief tour of INFINITY Science Center. Lunch will be served at Bay St. Louis’ Hollywood Casino.
A separate full-day tour on Thursday will bring attendees to Mississippi’s first brewery, Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Kiln. A tour of the brewery will give attendees an idea of how they make their finely crafted beers, before heading to the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport and the Crooked Letter Brewery in Ocean Springs.
The last full day tour that will bring travel writers to Hancock County will be the Shop Till You Drop tour on Thursday. Shopping excursions will bring them to downtown Ocean Springs before heading to downtown Bay St. Louis where they can peruse locally owned shops that offer antiques, local art, books and fresh baked goods, among other items. After their shopping is done they will dine at a Bay St. Louis eatery for lunch before heading to Gulfport’s Premium Outlets.


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