Coast hotel-room inventory near 55 percent

A year after Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Hotel & Lodging Association reports, nearly 55 percent of pre-hurricane hotel rooms are now back online.

In Biloxi, 64.6 percent of the casino-resort rooms – 4,066 of 6,292 – are back in operation, but only 23.5 percent of the non-casino rooms – 691 of 2,935 – are operating.

“This is certainly encouraging news,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said of the report, “but it also shows just how far we have to go.”

The Biloxi numbers were buoyed by the August re-opening of the Beau Rivage and Grand Biloxi, resorts that together accounted for more than 2,000 rooms.

Those interested in reserving rooms can do so with Mississippi Hotel & Lodging, through the Biloxi web site, by clicking here.

News and notes

Council meets: The Biloxi City Council will meet Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, with a special meeting immediately afterward to discuss the FY ’07 municipal budget. To read the agendas and available resolutions, click here.

Labor Day: Non-emergency city facilities and departments will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.