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How likely are Mississippians to plan a "staycation"?

We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer. Source: WLBT We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer. Source: WLBT
We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer. Source: WLBT We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer. Source: WLBT
We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer. Source: WLBT We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer. Source: WLBT
We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer. Source: WLBT We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Folks visiting Mississippi are pouring more money into the state. There was an estimated $46 million increase in tourist spending last year, but we wanted to know how much of those tourist dollars are from right here in the Magnolia State.

We sometimes hear the term "staycation", meaning sticking close to home and exploring what your hometown or home state has to offer.

Mississippi gives you the chances to jam out to the sounds of the South, share a meal and walk in the footsteps of history, but who's exploring those opportunities?

A report shows more than 23 million people came to visit Mississippi in fiscal year 2017.

The breakdown?

68 percent of all visitors were from out-of-state, while 32 percent were from in-state.

It was a similar split for how long the trips lasted. 62 percent were overnight and 38 percent were just day trips.

Christian Medina moved here from Texas and has been pleasantly surprised by what the state has to offer.

"There's a lot that I would've never thought that I thought was possible to see," said Medina. "There's a lot of history here that most states can't claim. To me, it's really cool being a history nerd. But I think that that's something that people should consider and explore further."

Another family enjoying a picnic near the Reservoir said they try to make the most of what's nearby, but still believe the state needs more options.

"We want to go somewhere that's more opportunities and we want her to have fun and experience a lot of things so she can have a great memory," noted Kewunna Wallace.

Visit Mississippi says they're hopeful more festivals, new museums and family travel destinations will help keep families from crossing the state lines for vacation.

Visit Jackson admits folks don't always keep "home" in mind when it's time to explore.

"It's a challenge that we face getting our residents to buy into what Jackson has to offer," said Yolanda Clay-Moore, Visit Jackson public relations manager. "A lot of times we overlook what we have in our own front yard."

The Two Museums in Jackson, Grammy Museum in the Delta and the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian are all new ways to learn about the state and stay cool this summer.

Visit Mississippi has suggested itineraries to help folks, including Mississippians, start exploring the state. Click HERE to start planning your adventure.

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