Tourism Archive

Hospitality Event Appealing to More Than Just Insiders

by Jan Cottingham 9/8/2014 12:00 am

The 70th annual Arkansas Hospitality Association Convention & Trade Show will be Sept. 17-18 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Those in the restaurant industry as well as civilians with an appreciation for food and wine will find the event interesting.

Arkansas, You're All Wet (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It is a shame that, if my expectation comes true and the all-wet amendment passes in November, no Arkansan will have the option of living in a dry county and no county will have the option of being dry. But let us not forget how and why we got to this point.

Charlotte Gadberry: Risks Worth Taking with Acansa Festival

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Charlotte Gadberry is the founder and president of Acansa Arts Festival which will be held Sept. 23-28 at various venues in Little Rock and North Little Rock.

10th Anniversary Events Planned for Clinton Center

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 9/3/2014 10:30 am

A series of events is planned in Little Rock this November to mark the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center and to recognize the major economic boost the former president's library has brought to the city.

Entergy Plans Annual Drawdown of Lakes Hamilton, Catherine in Garland County

by Associated Press 9/2/2014 01:06 pm

Entergy Arkansas says the annual drawdowns of water levels in Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine will begin Nov. 1.

Queen Wilhelmina Lodge to Reopen in Spring

by Associated Press 9/2/2014 11:35 am

An Arkansas state park lodge is scheduled to reopen after $6.7 million in renovations are completed.

Little Rock Has Quilting Convention Covered in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

The Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock has stolen a national convention away from Columbus, Ohio: The 46th Annual National Quilting Association Quilt Show.

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans Have Debts, Saving Rates Similar to Region

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 09:18 am

Arkansas consumers have similar debts and saving rates to their neighbors in Missouri and Oklahoma, according to the final release of the first Arvest Bank Consumer Sentiment Survey.

$50M Revitalization Plan Aims To Turn El Dorado into Cultural Mecca

by Michelle Corbet 8/25/2014 12:00 am

With a declining population and an unstable job market, the city of El Dorado is investing in quality of life in an effort to boost its economy.

Planned LR Marina Remains on Inactive Status

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The Rock City Marina & Yacht Club in Little Rock remains a drawing board project along the Arkansas River, and the proposed site at the end of East Second Street awaits groundbreaking.

Parks & Tourism Debuts Wedding Publication

by Michelle Corbet 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The arrival in the market of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism's new publication, My Arkansas Wedding, came as a surprise to the for-profit publishers of magazines.

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.

James Victore at Made by Few: The Best Work is Authentic

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 01:14 pm

Good work comes from being authentic, the renowned artist told designers, graphic artists and other "makers of the web" gathered for the 2014 Made by Few tech conference that began Friday at the Argenta Community Theater in downtown North Little Rock.

Dates Approved for Arkansas Waterfowl Season

by Associated Press 8/22/2014 11:18 am

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved the dates for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

Clarion Hotel Medical Center Recycled for $5M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A 262-room hotel in midtown Little Rock changed hands in a $5 million foreclosure sale. The 5.22-acre development was tied to a November 2003 mortgage of $14 million held by Jonesboro's Liberty Bank of Arkansas, which became part of Centennial Bank in 2013.

Newport Retailer Jamie Darling Takes to the Road In Airstream

by Brandon Riddle 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Darling's Fine Things owner Jamie Darling is taking to the road in a refurbished Airstream she purchased earlier this year, offering a mobile retail experience to customers in the Delta.

On Private Clubs (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When savvy entrepreneurs see a need going unfilled, they form businesses. When those businesses successfully meet that need, they thrive. You know, America. Now the Little Rock Board of Directors is considering stepping between businesses and their customers.

Chesshir: Startup Ecosystem Can Bring Downtown to Life

by Mark Carter 8/15/2014 11:12 am

The nascent Main Street creative corridor and Little Rock technology park are revealing signs of life, but Jay Chesshir, president of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, believes the continued development of Little Rock's burgeoning tech-based startup ecosystem can help get it there.