Biloxi named best buy for travelers

For the second straight year, Biloxi has been named the most affordable destination among the country’s Top 100 communities.

Business Travel News, which annually surveys business destinations, researched prices for hotel rooms, meals and rental cars in compiling the nationwide ranking.

The combination of all three figures showed that Biloxi was the best travel bargain, according to the magazine, which published the figures in its Feb. 25 issue titled “2002 Corporate Travel Index, Daily Costs of Doing Business.”

The average cost of spending a day in Biloxi – including hotel room, three meals and rental car – was $165.12, well below the $231.36 national average and less than half of the cost of a day in New York City, which was $397.46.

“We’re very proud to be named the most affordable destination in the country,” said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway. “We’ve always known that we have a great package – the beaches, 300 years of history, great restaurants, championship golf, deep-sea fishing, the 24-hour excitement of casinos and friendly residents. And now we have more proof that we’re the best buy for travelers.”