Survey Shows Gulf Show Helped Local Businesses

July 26th, 2010

A survey was done of local Gulf Coast hotels to determine the success of the Jimmy Buffett & Friends Gulf Concert back on July 11th and the results were mixed. There’s no doubt the concert helped businesses the weekend of the show, but there doesn’t appear to be lingering benefits:

A survey of 25 hotels located within 75 miles of the concert in Gulf Shores, Ala., reveals that the concert packed local hotels – yet, despite the mass exposure for the destination, it didn’t boost future hotel bookings.

The Knowland Group, a meetings and convention industry tracker based in McLean, Va., conducted the survey on July 19 and 20. The results give us a glimpse into how travelers perceive Gulf Shores as much as how much help a benefit concert may provide, at least in this situation.

Highlights from the McLean, Va.,-based Knowland Group’s survey:

* 49% of responding hoteliers said that more than half their guests on the night of July 11 attended the concert.
* 45% of the hoteliers who responded to the survey said that less than half of their guests attended the concert.
* Of the responding hoteliers’ concert-going guests, 41% of guests stayed one night and 53% stayed two nights.
* 89% of the hoteliers said the event was “very helpful” to their business, with the rest saying it was “somewhat helpful.”

Despite the influx of concert-going guests, however, Gulf Shores-area hotels haven’t seen many people make plans to return to the area. Based on survey results, none of the hotels reported an increase in future room bookings after the concert was over and 59% of hoteliers reported a decrease in future hotel bookings.

Read the full article at USA Today.

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Gulf Concerts Replaying on Radio Margaritaville

July 17th, 2010

Radio Margaritaville is re-airing two Gulf Coast concerts this weekend: the show at Lulu’s on June 30th and then the Jimmy Buffett & Friends show on the beach in Gulf Shores on July 11th. Here are the show times:

  • Sunday 11 am: Jimmy at Lulu’s
  • Sunday 8 pm: Jimmy & Friends on the Gulf Coast

Times are Eastern.

(hat tip goreds2)

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Biloxi Mayor Frustrated with Idle Casino Project

July 16th, 2010

The mayor of Biloxi aired out some frustration on Wednesday over the Margaritaville Casino project that’s sat idle for two years:

“I think Margaritaville is through — at that location,” Holloway said during Breakfast with the Mayor, sponsored by the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce at the Donal Snyder Community Center.

Last week, he talked with John Payne, the central division president of Harrah’s Entertainment, who told him the company is not in negotiations with any investors, Holloway said.

The mayor said he is frustrated when he reads that Harrah’s is buying properties when the project in Biloxi has remained idle since 2008.

Asked what’s going to happen to the metal skeleton on the site, Holloway said Harrah’s would “probably knock it down. I don’t know what else they can do with it.”

LuAnn Pappas, vice president of marketing and non-gaming operations at Harrah’s Grand Biloxi Casino, said that isn’t planned.

“Our position on that property remains the same,” she said. “We continue to maintain that site as we evaluate options.”

First announced in 2007, original plans called for a $700 million resort with 798 rooms, a full-service spa, a pool/deck area with cabanas, bar and tropical landscaping, all on 46 acres of land south of U. S. Highway 90 (view artists rendering).

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Buffett in Newspaper Cartoon

July 15th, 2010

Jimmy Buffett makes an appearance in a recent cartoon published in the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger:

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CMT Insider News Now on Buffett’s Concert

July 15th, 2010

Check out CMT Insider News Now on Jimmy Buffett’s gulf coast concert. It shows clips from the show and interviews with parrotheads:

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