Universal Music Group announces $1.2B resort in Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A coastal Mississippi city will be among the first sites to launch a hotel and casino backed by a major global music corporation, according to officials.

The $1.2 billion Biloxi resort, a partnership between Universal Music Group and the Dakia U-Ventures investment group, is set to include a large performance venue, a 1,000-room luxury hotel and a casino, according to a Friday announcement from the groups, which are also launching similar ventures in Atlanta and Orlando, Florida.

The Biloxi City Council in June approved a tourism tax incentive to redevelop a 266-acre (108-hectare) property that was once the site of the Broadwater Beach Hotel, marina, and golf course, according to the city resolution. The historic resort was built in 1939 and closed in 2005 shortly before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the property, news outlets reported.

Universal called the venture a “music-based experiential hotel” property and said

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Viking Finally Revealed the Itinerary of Its First-ever Holiday-themed Mississippi River Cruise

December is already known as the “most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s about to get a lot better for cruise lovers. Viking is bringing its signature Scandinavian style to the U.S., and just released details of its holiday-themed voyages along the Mississippi River. Set to launch in December 2022, highlights of the sailing include light displays, Cajun cuisine, and VIP access to Graceland.

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The eight-day Mississippi Holiday Season itinerary starts with a few days in Memphis, where passengers will be treated to historic and music-fueled tours of the city. Then it’s time for a scenic cruise down the Mississippi with stops in Vicksburg and Natchez. The trip ends in New Orleans, allowing guests to explore the Big Easy before heading home.

Viking currently offers four other Mississippi River cruise routes. This, however, will be the only sailing in December, bringing

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New Mississippi river cruises will include after-hours visit to Graceland

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Elvis fans, your ship has come in.

River cruise giant Viking this week announced plans for new Mississippi River sailings that feature a rare treat for Elvis Presley fans: A private, after-hours tour of Graceland.

Scheduled for December 2022, the seven-night Mississippi Holiday Season sailings will bring an entire evening of special access to the king of rock and roll’s Memphis home including a private exploration of his mansion and private access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the Elvis-themed entertainment and exhibit complex located just behind the mansion.

The evening will be capped by a private dinner at the Presley Motors Automobile Museum, which is part of Elvis Presley’s Memphis, and a gospel choir performance.

The sailings will take

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