Tourism Archive

Walmart Foundation Gives $1.5M to Walton Arts Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/22/2015 10:06 am

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville said Tuesday that it has received a $1.5 million donation from the Walmart Foundation.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Vantage Point Apartments Lead Off Trio of Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 12:00 am

A 138-room hotel and a 5,800-SF home contributed to a series of recent million-dollar transactions in Little Rock. But the biggest deal involved an out-of-state group adding to its multifamily holdings through an $11 million acquisition.

Slideshow: Inside Robinson Center's $68 Million Renovation Project

by Jan Cottingham 4/20/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock auditorium is undergoing a $68 million renovation led by the design team of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and Ennead Architects of New York. CDI Contractors of Little Rock has partnered with Hunt Construction Group of Dallas as general contractors and construction managers.

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

by George Waldon 4/20/2015 12:00 am

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.

For Fairness (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/20/2015 12:00 am

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

by Charles S. Gascon and Michael A. Varley 4/20/2015 12:00 am

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area.

New Owners Reviving Batesville's Melba Movie Theater

by Mark Friedman 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Janelle Shell said the curtain will rise again for the Melba Theater in Batesville. But before the doors open to the historic one-screen theater on the city's Main Street, a long list of repairs has to be made.

Little Rock A&P Says Legacy Bistro Operating Without Permit, Not Paying Taxes

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission is suing to try to shut down another city eatery, the Legacy Bistro & Bar at 625 W. Capitol Ave.

Craighead County Sees Sales Tax Collections Rise

by Mark Friedman 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Craighead County reported a 10.75 percent increase on its 1 percent sales tax receipts during the first three months of 2015 compared with the same period last year.

Downtown Little Rock Partnership Calls on Hutchinson to Issue Anti-Discrimination Order

by Associated Press 4/10/2015 10:49 am

A group representing downtown Little Rock's businesses is calling on Arkansas' governor to issue an order extending workplace anti-discrimination protections to gay and lesbian state employees.

Contractor to Begin Cleaning Majestic Hotel Rubble

by Associated Press 4/10/2015 07:34 am

A Hot Springs contractor is expected to begin clearing the rubble off a sidewalk left over following a large fire that ripped through the historic hotel last year.

Greg Fernholz to Manage Homewood Suites in Downtown Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2015 03:38 pm

Greg Fernholz has been named general manager for the Homewood Suites being built at the site of the old Arkla Gas Building at Capitol and River Market in downtown Little Rock.

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 8 in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2015 11:49 am

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will present her regular Quarterly Business Analysis as a luncheon on Friday, May 8.

CinemaCon 2015 Will Have an Arkansas Flavor

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 11:31 am

This year's event will feature three Arkansas firms at the CinemaCon trade show, interestingly enough: Power Technology Inc. of Alexander; Weldon, Williams & Lick of Fort Smith; and Klipsch of Hope.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

US Service Firms Grew at Slightly Slower Pace Last Month

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 11:44 am

U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Tourism Spending, Employment Grow in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Spending on travel and tourism grew in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing at an annual rate of 4.5 percent after rising 3.4 percent in the third quarter. For the year, spending on travel and tourism increased 2.5 percent in 2014 after increasing 3.6 percent in 2013.

Waltons Invest In Hospitality Group RopeSwing in Northwest Arkansas

by Jan Cottingham 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Members of the Walton family are among investors in one of two hospitality companies launched recently in Bentonville, businesses whose debuts underscore the surge of the hospitality sector in northwest Arkansas.