Journalist Activities

Networking & Social Functions

Celebrate Like a Local in Mississippi

Opening Night Reception Hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB & Visit Mississippi
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 7:00pm -9:00pm
Recommended Dress: Business Casual

Celebrate Like a Local in Mississippi Join Visit Mississippi, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and our tourism partners as we kick off the 2018 Travel South Showcase. The opening reception, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will give you the chance to experience Mississippi like a local; all while enjoying views overlooking the Mississippi Sound.

We invite you to Party Like a Local and enjoy the evening in the Hospitality State with some hot eats, cold drinks and funky beats by Jackson-based tribute band Compositionz. Hard Rock Live is the place to be as we kick off Travel South on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Signature Meal Functions

Mississippi Coast Convention Center
Monday, March 19, 2018 - Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Recommended Dress: Business Attire
  • Louisiana Breakfast
    Hosted by Louisiana Tourism
    Monday, March 19, 2018
    Ballroom A - Mississippi Coast Convention Center | 8:30am - 9:15am
  • Mississippi Luncheon
    Monday, March 19, 2018
    Ballroom A - Mississippi Coast Convention Center | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Complimentary Breakfast Buffet
    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    The Buffet Restaurant, Beau Rivage | 7:00am - 9:00am
  • U.S. Civil Rights Trail Luncheon
    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Ballroom A - Mississippi Coast Convention Center | 12:20pm - 1:30pm

Journalist Reception and Dinner

Fishbone Alley
Monday, March 19, 2018 | 6:00pm – 9:30 pm
Recommended Dress: Casual

Enjoy a unique evening set against the backdrop of Fishbone Alley in Downtown Gulfport (contingency will be Chandeleur Island Brewing Company). Passed hors d'oeuvres and a coursed meal will highlight fresh Gulf seafood. Live music and entertainment, local vendors offering culinary experiences and interactive games also await. 

Non-seafood options will be available for those with dietary restrictions. 

Shuttles will be provided from your hotel.

Journalist-Only City Tours

Hosted by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast
Recommended Dress: Casual

Beau Rivage "Back of the House" Experience Tour

"Back of the House" Experience Tour Hosted by The Beau Rivage
Beau Rivage Casino - Stalla Restaurant
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Please arrive by 5:50pm

And just when you thought you’ve seen all the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer…you’re invited on a rare back-of-house tour of Beau Rivage. Get an exclusive look at how MGM’s 1,740-room Deep South destination resort welcomes more than a million guests each year. Experience the art of making chocolate truffles; take away expert floral designing tips and tools; witness how we’re able to serve more than four million adult beverages annually and end the adventure by learning how to craft your own signature cocktail!

LOCATION – Stalla, Beau Rivage’s new italian restaurant - The casino floor


Walk past The Buffet on the left and Nu’vo on the right and onto the casino floor. Follow the wide middle aisle through table games to High Limits and take a left at High Limits. Follow the pathway to Stalla. Stalla is located to the right.

Myrtle Beach Time

Final Night Reception Hosted by Myrtle Beach Area CVB & Couth Carolina Tourism
Pool Deck - Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Tuesday, March 20, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Y’all are invited to DiSCover the Endless Possibilities and the flavors of South Carolina. Picture yourself oceanfront enlightening your senses by sampling lowcountry favorites, sipping specialty cocktails and listening to TruSol with soulful renditions of classics from the Motown Era, 70's & 80's, up to the present Hip Hop and R&B. All that is South Carolina, Just Right!