Tourism

Webb: State Needs 'More Swagger' in Approach to Tourism
Kane Webb

Webb: State Needs 'More Swagger' in Approach to Tourism

Tourism is changing as millennials' interests and spending habits affect the industry, according to Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.
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Soul Fish Café On the Line for August Opening

It looks like Aug. 3 or thereabouts is the opening day for Soul Fish Café, which features fried catfish and other Southern favorites, at 306 Main St. in downtown Little Rock next door to the also eagerly awaited Bruno's Deli.
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O'Reilly Gets Hilton OK for Embassy Suites, Convention Center at Arkansas State

O'Reilly Hospitality Management has reached an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to build a 202-room Embassy Suites Hotel and a 40,000-SF convention center on the Arkansas State University campus.
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Not Big Enough For Both (Editorial)

Because building two convention centers in Jonesboro, a city of fewer than 75,000, doesn't seem prudent, we feel the need to be ready for a sad news event.
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Oaklawn Park Increasing Purses for 2017 Racing Season

Oaklawn Park is increasing the purses for its handicap division races next year. The purse for the Razorback Handicap will increase from $350,000 to $500,000. read more >

Arkansas Casino Campaign Wins More Time to Gather Signatures

Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties have won additional time to gather signatures to put the proposal on the November ballot. read more >

Gaillardia Club Woes Spawned Phil Herrington Bankruptcy

Herrington's $13.45 million Chapter 11 reorganization, filed on March 18, represents one of the largest debt totals in a personal bankruptcy filing in recent years in Arkansas. He listed $5.1 million in assets. read more >

‘Pokemon Go' and Social Marketing (Ross Cranford Expert Advice)

Social savvy restaurateurs and tourism destinations have begun to lure “Pokemon” players with special offers. The hardest part of the consumer funnel has often been that last step along the way getting customers to your door. read more >

Bacigalupi Has New Hope for Star Wars Musuem

Former Crystal Bridges president Don Bacigalupi looking to San Francisco for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. read more >

Report: 7 Percent of Arkansas Bridges Structurally Deficient

Of the 12,853 bridges in the state, 845, or 7 percent, are classified as structurally deficient, meaning that one or more of the key bridge elements — such as the deck, superstructure or substructure — are considered to be in “poor” or worse condition. read more >

North of Eden (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

My husband and I, essentially empty-nesters except for the college senior we left at home to care for Scully the dog and Fox the cat, headed north to escape the Arkansas heat. read more >

Aristotle App BeaconSage Wins International Award

Little Rock web developer Aristotle announced that its new product, BeaconSage, had attracted worldwide attention by winning an Umbraco Award for Best Technical Solution at Codegarden, an international conference for developers held in June in Odense, Denmark. read more >

Ralph Vines on Paving the Road to Success with Good Decisions

Ralph Vines started Kesser International in 1987 as a sole proprietorship while he also was serving in the U.S. Army. read more >

The Historic Arlington, Still Vital (Ray Hanley Commentary)

Once the largest hotel in the state, the Arlington Hotel's role in the development of Hot Springs has earned its position in the history and economy of the city. read more >

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