Coast ecotourism symposium will be held April 17

Mar. 31–PASCAGOULA — The importance of ecotourism on the Coast ecology and
economy will be highlighted April 17 at the Pascagoula River Basin Alliance
Symposium.

The symposium is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LaFont Inn on U.S. 90 in Pascagoula,
and is being presented in conjunction with the Wild Wings River and Nature Festival.

Guest speaker Brian Mullis, president of Sustainable Travel International, will
show businesses owners how they can qualify for eco-certification and the
benefits of certification.

Recently, Moss Point Oaks Bed & Breakfast became the first B&B in the Southeast
to receive its ecotourism certification from STI. Owners Dan and Kim Brooks
serve on the ecotourism task force along with Cynthia Ramseur with Eco-Logic
Restoration Services, Sue Wright with George County Economic Development
Foundation, Fran Morley with Alabama Coastal Bird Fest and Linda Holden with the
City of Moss Point.

The symposium is for all travel businesses, including hotels and casinos, said
Dan Brooks, along with service industries, chambers of commerce and government
officials.

Mark LaSalle, director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will review
results of efforts to evaluate ecotourist markets and projects, including a
birding trail and the Wild Wings Festival.

Following the symposium, participants will become ecotourists on a boat tour of

the Pascagoula River.


For information, call Dan and Kim Brooks at Moss Point Oaks B&B at 474-1367 or

e-mail mosspointoaks@bellsouth.net

Title: Coast ecotourism symposium will be held April 17

Authors: Perez, Mary

Source: Sun Herald, The (Biloxi, MS); 03/31/2007

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