Tourism Archive

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2017 09:15 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on announces appointments to boards and commissions.

Arkansas Business Recognizes Finalists of 29th Annual Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Reservoir Road Apartments Sold for $8.3 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Two apartment complexes, two mini-storage projects and a Heights home in Little Rock teamed up with a North Little Rock motel to build a six-pack of multimillion-dollar deals.

Core Brewing Turns from Fort Smith, Ready To Head East

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Core Brewing & Distilling Co., the rapidly growing Springdale craft brewery, has abandoned its plans for a distillery in Fort Smith.

Texarkana Convention Center Could Soon Change Hands

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Texarkana Hotels, owned by Dr. Hiren D. Patel, has entered into a $6.6 million purchase agreement with James J. Naples, and will be seeking the court's approval of the sale.

WER Architects Adds Drew Short to Staff (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Drew Short has been hired as an intern architect at WER Architects/Planners in Little Rock.

State Cancels Bid Process for Tourism Advertising Contract

by Kyle Massey 2/10/2017 11:58 am

The State Office of Procurement canceled its bid solicitation for the state's biggest advertising contract — the $14 million-a-year deal for marketing state tourism — just days before written responses from agencies were due.

Retail Group: Sales to Grow 3.7 Percent to 4.2 Percent

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 2/8/2017 10:24 am

The nation's largest retail trade group is predicting that annual retail sales will increase between 3.7 percent and 4.2 percent this year.

In Jonesboro, 2 Convention Center Projects Take Shape

by Todd Traub 2/7/2017 01:10 pm

After years of trying for one, the city now has two hotel and convention center facilities in various stages of development and construction, one near the interstate and one on the Arkansas State campus.

AGFC Renames Wildlife Area to Honor George Dunklin Jr.

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/6/2017 10:37 am

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission votes to rename the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area in honor of George Dunklin Jr. of Stuttgart.

Lottery Ad Contract Process Reveals Fissures

by Kyle Massey 2/6/2017 12:00 am

It wasn't smooth, but the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has a new advertising agency, CJRW of Little Rock.

Playing the Trading Card (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 2/6/2017 12:00 am

If the United States were to impose onerous tariffs on foreign goods, the effect on Arkansas consumers would be higher prices.

Stonehaven Purchase Surpasses $7.1 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/6/2017 12:00 am

The 60-unit assisted living project in Maumelle was sold by Stonehaven Assisted Living LLC, led by James Thomas. The deal is financed with a $5.2 million loan from First Security Bank of Searcy.

Four Points Brings Two to Midtown Hotel (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/6/2017 12:00 am

Tracy Morales is the new director of sales and marketing and Kevin Steele is now director of public relations and marketing at the Four Points by Sheraton in midtown Little Rock.

Terraforma Buys NLR Riverfront Land for Entertainment District

by Sarah Campbell 2/3/2017 11:10 am

Terraforma LLC of Maumelle says it has purchased 5.6 acres along the Arkansas River near Broadway Bridge from the city of North Little Rock for $2.6 million.

Judges Named for Tourism Ad Contract Competition

by Kyle Massey 2/2/2017 04:32 pm

The Office of State Procurement reveals a preliminary list of judges for awarding the state's largest advertising and marketing assignment, the $14.4 million-a-year contract for promoting Arkansas as a tourist destination.

Airbnb Announces Tax Agreement With Arkansas

by Sarah Campbell 2/2/2017 01:46 pm

Airbnb announced Monday that it will begin to collect and remit taxes in Arkansas on behalf of the company's hosts and guests.

Unemployment in Arkansas MSAs Down From 2015

by Todd Traub 2/1/2017 09:58 am

December unemployment was down in Arkansas from a year ago, according to Bureau of Labor Department figures released Wednesday.

True Tale Trounces Comic Fantasy at Dogpatch USA

by George Waldon 1/30/2017 12:00 am

The story of Dogpatch USA is a meandering one that now covers half a century. Its course resembles the winding, up-and-down path of Scenic Highway 7 that brought hundreds of thousands of visitors during its 25-year run.

Director Susan Altrui Says Zoo Exhibits a Habitat for Inspiration

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/30/2017 12:00 am

Susan Altrui was named director of the Little Rock Zoo in December.