Talk of the Town - September 2019
- story by Lisa Monti
Two local business owners and tourism professionals - and longtime friends - were recently chosen for key appointments to promote the Mississippi coast.
Nikki Moon, owner of the Bay Town Inn, is the new president of Coastal Mississippi’s Board of Commissioners. The organization oversees the promotion of the three coast counties as a regional tourism and convention destination.
Nikki also is president of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce board and was recently elected Citizen of the Year by its membership. She has 30 years of experience heading sales and service at the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.
She also has served on the board of Destinations International. Her Bay Town Inn has been featured in many regional and national publications and broadcasts, and it regularly appears on travelers’ favorite lists and social media posts.
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Nikki said she would like to see more revenue for Coastal Mississippi during her year as president to better promote the 12 communities in the three coastal counties.
“Once visitors experience the coast, you know they will return. They love the people, the hospitality, the food, the art - oh, did I mention the people?
"Another hope is to make sure our locals believe in our coast as much as those who promote it do. Bring your family here, your high school reunion, your wedding. Let your friends and family experience what we know is the best of the South, maybe the best of America – the Mississippi Coast.”
Janice Guido, the owner of Bay Life Gifts in Century Hall, has been tapped to replace Nikki as the Hancock Chamber’s representative on the Hancock County Tourism Development Commission. Janice worked for 30 years in the hotel, hospitality and tourism industry in New Orleans. She and Nikki worked together all those years, promoting the city and its attractions.
As the Chamber's tourism liaison, Janice works with the other appointed members and Myrna Green, Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau Director. Members work to promote events and attractions and to support new events that will draw more people to visit the county.
Janice also was named to fill the newly created ex officio tourism liaison spot on the Hancock Chamber board.
“I report to the board to keep them aware of what’s going on and update them on tourism in general and about anything relevant they need to know.” She also works with the Chamber relocation committee that focuses on getting new residents to move to the county.
“My goal is to try to keep everybody in loop and not miss any opportunities,” Janice said.