Tourism Archive

Update: Robinson Center Re-Opens After $68.6M Renovations

by Sarah Campbell 11/10/2016 10:57 am

The Robinson Center's 28-month, $68.6 million renovation and expansion has concluded with a grand re-opening ceremony ahead of this weekend's first official event, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Opus Ball.

Medical Marijuana: A Fact of Life for Arkansas Employers (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 11/10/2016 09:57 am

Arkansas is the latest of many states to allow medical marijuana. What does the new law do, and how will it play out in the Arkansas workplace?

Bentonville Ready for Epic Biking Bonanza

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/7/2016 12:00 am

Bikes, Blues & BBQ is an annual motorcycle festival in Fayetteville, but a much quieter bike summit is set to kick off in Bentonville on Thursday.

Steve Owen Recognized for Steering Hoga to North Little Rock (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/7/2016 12:00 am

Steve Owen, president of Complete Care Inc. of North Little Rock, has received the Casper J. Knight Jr. Award from the Historic Naval Ships Association.

Eschewing the Trump Brand (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 11/7/2016 12:00 am

On the eve of the election, a great deal is at stake for brand USA. And a great deal of worth and value is on the line for the Trump brand.

3 Arkansas Airports Await Approval of New Airline Contracts

by Sarah Campbell 11/2/2016 10:02 am

Three Arkansas airports left in the lurch after the September bankruptcy of SeaPort Airlines have recommended new contracts to Contour Airlines of Smyrna, Tennessee, and Boutique Air of San Francisco, California.

At 5, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Transforms Bentonville

by Jan Cottingham 10/31/2016 12:00 am

There are any number of ways to try to gauge the impact — economic and otherwise — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has had on Bentonville, on Arkansas and beyond since its opening Nov. 11, 2011.

Alice Walton Reels In Flying Fish to Bentonville

by Jan Cottingham 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Dallas restaurateur Shannon Wynne and his partners didn't really want to go to Bentonville, and they certainly knew they didn't want to locate a Flying Fish restaurant there. Then Alice Walton got involved.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: By the Numbers

by Jan Cottingham 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in Bentonville on Nov. 11, 2011. Here are some of the facts and figures associated with the attraction and its effect on northwest Arkansas.

Dry Spell for Fort Smith Brewing Set To End

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/31/2016 12:00 am

If the permits come through and everything falls into place, Fort Smith Brewing Co. should be up and running next year — the earlier the better, as far as Brooke Elder is concerned.

Little Rock Artist Delita Martin: Crystal Bridges 'Propelled My Career'

by Jan Cottingham 10/31/2016 12:00 am

The impact of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is felt not only by cities and states, in sales tax revenue and population growth statistics, but also by individual artists — for example, Delita Martin of Little Rock.

A Glimpse of the Future (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/31/2016 12:00 am

I suspect I witnessed the leading edge of future Democratic campaign strategy: Tie Trump around the neck of every Republican, just as the GOP has saddled every Democrat with some connection to Barack Obama.

US Marshals Museum Aims for Opening Date in 2019

by Sarah Campbell 10/27/2016 03:46 pm

The U.S. Marshals Museum plans to open on Sept. 24, 2019, and it has launched a $60 million fundraising campaign to pay for the 50,000-SF museum on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith.

Governor Wants to Move War Memorial Under Parks And Tourism

by Sarah Campbell 10/25/2016 02:50 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he will ask the state Legislature to move oversight of War Memorial Stadium under the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

Mini Golf Owner Accused of Putting Money Away from Judgment

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Linda Gauthier has been accused of hiding assets to avoid paying the judgment of nearly $350,000 that Regions Bank obtained from Saline County Circuit Court in 2011, according to a lawsuit filed by Edgefield Holdings LLC of Miami, in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

Online Recruitment Works If Done Correctly, Experts Say

by Sarah Campbell 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Automated job-match programs — like Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Career Builder, Dice and the state-run Arkansas JobLink — are still useful, but experts say employers have to use them smartly to get the best results.

Signs of the Times (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Most of us who have been in the workplace for a while have encountered the most frustrating kind of co-worker: the one whose hard skills are good, or good enough, but whose soft skills create tension.

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2016 12:00 am

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions.

Employers Seek Hires With Soft Abilities Like Attitude, Teamwork

by Kyle Massey 10/24/2016 12:00 am

“Skills gap” discussions often pivot on abilities or qualifications that employers find in short supply, but broader communication and human interaction traits are more likely to determine success or failure on the job, human resources experts say.

Looking Up at Channel 7, With a Drone of Its Own

by Kyle Massey 10/24/2016 12:00 am

You might say that KATV has a new drone to play with, but it's no toy; instead, it's a sophisticated newsgathering tool costing at least $6,000, not counting the employees who fly it.