This past October, the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (MGCNHA) held a series of events to recognize eight nature-based tourism businesses who have qualified for the Gulf Coast Outpost program. Gulf Coast Outpost (GCO) is a business recognition program to bring awareness of nature-based businesses who are going above and beyond to protect and conserve the environment. The program is aimed at those companies whose primary business is dependent on the natural environment in Mississippi’s six coastal counties. This includes eco tours, locally-owned outfitters, charter boat operators, tour guides, eco-lodges and agritourism entities.
The benefits of a Gulf Coast Outpost recognition include access to the MGCNHA marketing materials, promotion on tourism websites and eligibility to apply for the MGCNHA Heritage Community Grants program.
The first Gulf Coast Outpost business to take advantage of the grant opportunity was the Biloxi Cruise Company, dba Biloxi Shrimping Trip. This grant will subsidize a “Gulf Coast Culinary Tour Package” that promotes the Mississippi Gulf Coast partners during the typical slow tourism season.
Visitors will receive half off the admission price of the whole package, which includes: the Biloxi Shrimping Trip, a culinary demonstration with lunch, a tour of the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum and the city of Biloxi.
For more about the Biloxi Shrimping Trip and details of this package, call 228-392-8645.