Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs Wins Festival of the Year Award for Southeast



For immediate release – November 11, 2013
(Ocean Springs, MS) - Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival, the annual feature event in Ocean Springs, won top honors at the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) annual meeting last week with the “Festival of the Year” award.  Promoting travel in a 12-state region, STS presented Shining Example Awards as part of its 30th anniversary celebration in Jacksonville, Florida on November 5.sa 20131105 STS Fall Forum Shining Example Awards 0029-web-Res 
“We are thrilled that our little town is getting so much recognition”, said Margaret Miller, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau.  “More and more people are finding out that Ocean Springs is one of a kind.”
“A lot of credit for this event goes to our loyal sponsors, especially F.E.B. Distributing, Blue Moon, and the Mississippi Press” among others, said Miller.  “We also need to recognize the support of Mayor Connie Moran, Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen, Jackson County Board of Supervisors,  and BP who supplied a grant”, Miller said.
“The Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow”, said Bill Hardman, STS President and CEO.
Travel and tourism professionals from twelve Southeastern states make up the membership of STS.
“Showcasing great work is important because tourism is the largest, second largest, or third largest industry in every Southeastern state”, said Hardman.  On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the tourism industry is recognized as the top non-government employer.
Margaret Miller, Cynthia Sutton and Shawn Sutton accepted the “Shining Example, Festival of the Year” award during the conference.
The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival celebrated its 35th anniversary on November 2 and 3.  Attendance estimates top 150,000 festival-goers.
Ocean Springs also won the national Great American Main Street award in 2013.
For more information contact:  Cynthia Sutton 228-875-4424.

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau Unveils New Visitor Guide

 October 2, 2013

(Ocean Springs, MS) - The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce has unveiled the new Ocean Springs Guide: Shopping, Dining, Recreation & Lodging, which is now available at the Ocean Springs Chamber Visitor Center and at local shops, restaurants and hotels. The Guide is a collaborative effort between the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau and South Mississippi Living Magazine.

The Guide, a 32-page, full color publication contains information regarding shopping, dining, relaxing and reclining in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The 6x9 size piece is an update from the traditional 4x9 piece and includes expanded listings, more details on the community calendar of events, feature stories, business advertising and messages to our visitors.

"The Guide is our number one fulfillment piece for visitor inquiries," says Margaret Miller, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. "It provides our out-of-town guests with information on what there is to see and do in Ocean Springs. And, it is not just for those coming to town, but is also a good piece for our local residents.

The piece is published annually, with an additional print to be produced in January 2014. It is funded in part by the 2% Food & Beverage Tax of Ocean Springs and is distributed to local shops and restaurants and local and regional hotels, state welcome centers, conferences and more.

For information, contact the Ocean Springs Chamber at 228-4424 or visit the website at www.oceanspringschamber.com.

5th Annual Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival Set

April 1, 2013

Experience the best of local dining with the 5th Annual Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival as it showcases the culinary tastes from the restaurants and bars of Ocean Springs on Thursday, May 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the L&N Depot Plaza in downtown Ocean Springs.

Participating restaurants and bars will provide samples of their “best” food and drinks to ticketed guests underneath the oaks for an evening of fun and relaxation.  Live music will be provided by Caution Swing Bridge.  Restaurants and the local wine shops have begun to prepare for this year’s event, so be sure to get your tickets soon.

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