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Tunica County Back and Open for Business
TUNICA, Miss. - June 22, 2011 — Closed for two weeks due to devastating floodwaters from the Mississippi River, Tunica, Miss., its nine casinos and numerous area attractions are back and open for business. May's historic flooding effectively forced the shutdown of most of the area, but by Memorial Day, the South's Casino Capital was back to providing 24/7 fun to visitors.
"It's great to be able to show people how resilient Tunica truly is,' said Webster Franklin, President & CEO of the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The businesses and their employees have been loyal to our community and patient during this trying time. We only hope the resilience that we have exhibited is inspiring to those in other areas that have been affected by the flood as well as those in our own county who are doing their best to rebuild.'
The Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a We're Open campaign slated to run throughout the summer in Birmingham, Huntsville, Little Rock and Nashville to raise awareness that Tunica's world-class casinos, championship golf, entertainment and dining options, and more are ready and waiting just down the road.
The area took a huge economic hit as a result of the recent flooding. The summer campaign is aimed at reminding people of the variety experiences available in Tunica, hopefully boosting visitor numbers during the crucial travel months ahead.
The campaign takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the area's recent devastation, with slogans such as, "The flood is over, the party's started' and "Even a 100 year flood can't stop the 24/7 fun.'
Franklin noted that while damage inflicted to homes and businesses throughout the area was significant, he hopes to assure possible visitors that Tunica has rebounded and will continue to provide guests with oneof- a-kind experiences.
"It will take more than a 100-year flood to take away the heart and soul of Tunica,' said Franklin, "and we're ready for visitors to come back and see it for themselves.'
To find out how to plan your next Tunica trip, check out all the upcoming events and deals by visiting tunicatravel.com, and for a true insider's view, go to downtheroad.tunicatravel.com.
NOTE TO EDITORS: For a variety of photos of Tunica, please visit the Press Room of the Tunica website at www.tunicatravel.com. Selections of recent high-resolution photographs are available for all Tunica attractions. If you are unable to find the photo needed for your article, please contact Kate Cooke at the number listed below, and for more details about all the great attractions and facilities in Tunica, please see the official Tunica Press Kit.
ABOUT GOLD STRIKE:
Gold Strike Casino Resort, MGM Resorts International's 1,200-room resort located 20 minutes south of Memphis in Tunica, Miss., recently completed the largest renovation and remodeling project in its history. The multi-million dollar transformation included all of Gold Strike's deluxe rooms and suites, hotel lobby, casino, 30,000-square-foot conference and convention center, Atrium Cafe, Courtyard Buffet and high-limit gaming area. The resort also features the award-winning Chicago Steakhouse, a refreshing spa and salon, an 800-seat showroom and 50,000 square feet of gaming space with 53 table games and more than 1,200 slot machines. For reservations or information, call 888-24K-PLAY (7529) or visit www.goldstrike.com
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