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Tourism bringing big bucks to Natchez

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A state report finds visitors to Natchez spent an estimated $106.7 million from June 2012 to July 2013.

The Mississippi Development Authority released its annual report last week on the economic contribution of the travel and tourism industry for the state fiscal year 2013, which ran from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

The report shows Natchez visitors spent 13.2 percent more in the 2013 fiscal year than the $94.2 million spent in the 2012 fiscal year.

Room and restaurant tax revenues totaled $1.59 million, up 12.6 percent over the $1.41 collected in the 2012 fiscal year. The tax revenues include the 3 percent lodging, $2 hotel and bed-and-breakfast occupancy and 1.5 percent restaurant taxes.

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