Tourism Archive

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.6 Percent in January

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2015 10:17 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent to January from December, and is a full percentage point below what it was the same time last year.

Hot Springs Board of Directors Condemn Majestic Hotel Complex

by Associated Press 3/17/2015 07:31 am

Hot Springs officials have greenlighted a resolution to condemn several remaining structures of the Majestic Hotel complex, which burned down more than a year ago.

Sibling Rivalry Contributed to Escalated Bidding in Dunklin Properties

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Sources say $85 million was the winning bid in the court-ordered auction of farming and hunting property spread across 15,881 acres in Arkansas and Jefferson counties.

Downtown Residence Inn Draws $17.5 Million Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Ownership of a 107-room hotel in downtown Little Rock shifted in a transaction valued at $17.5 million. The sale of a west Little Rock auto dealership weighed in at $6.4 million.

Parks & Tourism's Arkansas.com Gets Touch-Up

by Sean Beherec 3/16/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism says that traffic from mobile devices to the tourism website, which debuted in 1998, had passed 50 percent of its total visits since August 2014.

Hot Springs Chamber Gets Honor from US Chamber of Commerce

by Associated Press 3/13/2015 08:54 am

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Hot Springs chamber with five-star accreditation for what it says are sound policies, effective organization and positive impact on the community.

Henry Awards Presented at Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2015 10:41 am

Troy Keeping, president and CEO of Southland Racing and Gaming in West Memphis, was named Tourism Person of the Year, and Greg Butts, director of Arkansas State Parks, and Joe David Rice, director of Arkansas Tourism, were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame.

Innovation Hub Will Host Maker Faire Event in Argenta on May 2

by Mark Carter 3/12/2015 08:00 am

The event will run in conjuction with the fourth-annual Argenta Arts Festival and will take place on about three acres of property surrounding the Hub at Poplar and Broadway in downtown North Little Rock.

Department of Parks, Tourism Launches New Website

by Associated Press 3/10/2015 07:29 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has launched a redesigned version of its official tourism website, Arkansas.com.

Great Passion Play CEO Says Anti-Discrimination Law is Bad

by Associated Press 3/9/2015 06:53 am

The CEO of The Great Passion Play in northwest Arkansas says an anti-discrimination law in Eureka Springs is bad and should be repealed.

A Visit With James Beard Nominee Matt McClure of The Hive and Joël Antunes of One Eleven

by Jan Cottingham 3/9/2015 12:00 am

An Arkansas restaurant and an Arkansas chef recently gained national recognition of the best kind: being named semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards. The awards are among the most prestigious in the restaurant world.

AT&T, Verizon Boost Signals To Fit Demand

by Sean Beherec 3/9/2015 12:00 am

When a call or text message won't go through, AT&T and Verizon don't want their networks to be the problem. The companies have stepped up efforts in recent years to increase coverage and network speed for customers at the office and at concert venues and sporting events.

Restaurants, Bars Drove US Job Growth in February

by Associated Press 3/6/2015 11:51 am

It's been an extended happy hour at U.S. bars and restaurants, which led hiring gains last month.

Joel Smith Hired to Lead Conference Services at WRI

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2015 03:34 pm

Smith will oversee the Institute's conference services staff including meeting planners, guest representatives and housekeeping, and oversee its conference dining operations as well as the on-site restaurant, the River Rock Grill.

Arkansas Hospitality Association Names Industry Awards Winners

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2015 03:19 pm

The Arkansas Hospitality Association named its industry award winners at a special event from the Clinton Presidential Center. The AHA Stars of the Industry Awards Gala recognized leaders and success stories over the past year in the Arkansas hospitality industry.

Walton Family Awards $5M Challenge Grant for Walton Art Center Project

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2015 12:08 pm

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded a $5 million challenge grant in support of a capital campaign to add 30,000-SF of space to the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

O'Reilly Hospitality Buys Holiday Inn, Boston's Restaurant Near Airport

by Lance Turner 3/2/2015 02:48 pm

O'Reilly Hospitality Management LLC of Springfield, Missouri, has purchased and now manages the 201-room Holiday Inn Little Rock-Airport-Conference Center and the Boston's Restaurant near the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Franchises Still Rule the Roost of Top Restaurants in the State by Receipts

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The Chik-fil-A location at 6201 W. Markham Street reported more than $4.6 million in 2014 gross receipts, up 4.8 percent from 2013. Chik-fil-A locations, owned by CFA Properties Inc. of Atlanta, also appeared at No. 6 on the Little Rock list, No. 4 in North Little Rock, No. 1 in Conway, and at Nos. 2-4 on the Top NWA Restaurants list.

Banded Brands Hear Call to Springdale

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Chuck Browning, CEO of Banded Holdings Inc. of Fayetteville, says part of a recent $10 million investment includes buying the Banded Brands license from Maxx Outdoors of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The price paid for the license wasn't publicly disclosed, but some of the money raised went for working capital and inventory, Browning said.