Tourism Archive

Unemployment Rates in Arkansas Cities Vary Widely

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment rates rose slightly in Arkansas metro areas in June, but rates are still lower than a year ago, notes Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Oaklawn Names Vic Stauffer Its New Track Announcer

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/10/2016 11:03 am

Vic Stauffer, who has called more than 40,000 races at nearly a dozen tracks across the country, was announced Wednesday as Oaklawn's newest track announcer, beginning with the start of the 2017 season.

David's Burgers Now Looking Toward Fall Opening in River Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/8/2016 12:00 am

David “Alan” Bubbus, owner of the Little Rock mini-chain David's Burgers, is hoping to open the David's in the River Market in September or October. But first he has to finish converting an outdoor seating area into a common area for visitors to Ottenheimer Market Hall.

Movie Tavern Soon To Offer Dinner and A Movie — In One Place

by Jan Cottingham 8/8/2016 12:00 am

With the tag “Great Food, the Latest Movies, and a Full Bar,” Movie Tavern, founded in 2001 in Dallas, now has 24 locations in 10 states, and soon it will open its first Arkansas location, at Little Rock's Gateway Town Center.

Ten Arkansas Business Icons Have Stories to Tell

by Gwen Moritz 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Business presents these ten Arkansas business icons as a way to acquaint readers with the personalities behind some of the most familiar names in our state's business community.

LRCVB Expects $11M Impact As 40K Motorcyclists Little Rock

by Sarah Campbell 8/5/2016 12:39 pm

Little Rock welcomed about 40,000 motorcyclists this week for the 39th Annual National Bikers Roundup at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Economic developers expect the event to have an $11 million economic impact on the county.

US Adds A Robust 255K Jobs; Unemployment Stays 4.9 Percent

by Associated Press 8/5/2016 08:02 am

Employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs last month, a sign of confidence amid sluggish growth that points to a resilient U.S. economy.

Historic Melba Theater in Batesville Reopens Aug. 12

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/3/2016 12:07 pm

One of the state's oldest theaters, the Melba Theater in Batesville, will reopen Aug. 12 with a grand opening, red carpet gala thanks to the restoration efforts of owners Janelle and Joe Shell and Mandi and Adam Curtwright.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Ready for Its Return to Robinson

by Cimber Winfrey 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Meticulous preparation will allow the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to return to the Robinson Center Music Hall this fall financially secure after overcoming what could have been a steep decline in revenue because of an unavoidable venue change.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Opus Ball to Kick Off Robinson Center's Reopening

by Cimber Winfrey 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Those attending the ball will enjoy a cocktail reception in Robinson's new ballroom, a silent and live auction, as well as dinner and dancing, with music provided by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Big Band. Annual proceeds of the Opus Ball are expected to exceed $475,000.

Razorback Foundation in Hands of Veteran Fan Scott Varady

by Marty Cook 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Scott Varady was happy as a lawyer for the University of Arkansas until a chance conversation with Sean Rochelle got him thinking.

NLR Bowling Project Rolls Out $2.3M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Millennium Bowl of Little Rock LLC, led by Anil Nayar, Aziz Pabani, Akbar Pabani and Kairunnisa Khan, bought its namesake project at 7200 Counts Massie Road. The seller is Millennium Bowl Inc., led by James Moore.

Slideshow: As Broadway Bridge Rises, Drivers Plot New Route

by Sarah Campbell 8/1/2016 12:00 am

The steel pieces floating on barges in the Arkansas River at downtown North Little Rock look like “a giant Erector Set,” but by next summer they are expected to form the basket-handle arches of the new $98.4 million Broadway Bridge.

Play Your Own Game (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/1/2016 12:00 am

You need to play your own game. Don't let the decisions others are making be more than data points in the mix when making your own decisions, because they aren't working with the exact same factors.

Soul Fish Café On the Line for August Opening

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2016 12:00 am

It looks like Aug. 3 or thereabouts is the opening day for Soul Fish Café, which features fried catfish and other Southern favorites, at 306 Main St. in downtown Little Rock next door to the also eagerly awaited Bruno's Deli.

Gaillardia Club Woes Spawned Phil Herrington Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Herrington's $13.45 million Chapter 11 reorganization, filed on March 18, represents one of the largest debt totals in a personal bankruptcy filing in recent years in Arkansas. He listed $5.1 million in assets.

Not Big Enough For Both (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Because building two convention centers in Jonesboro, a city of fewer than 75,000, doesn't seem prudent, we feel the need to be ready for a sad news event.

‘Pokemon Go' and Social Marketing (Ross Cranford Expert Advice)

by Ross Cranford 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Social savvy restaurateurs and tourism destinations have begun to lure “Pokemon” players with special offers. The hardest part of the consumer funnel has often been that last step along the way getting customers to your door.

Webb: State Needs 'More Swagger' in Approach to Tourism

by Alexis Hosticka 7/20/2016 10:16 am

Tourism is changing as millennials' interests and spending habits affect the industry, according to Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

O'Reilly Gets Hilton OK for Embassy Suites, Convention Center at Arkansas State

by Lance Turner 7/19/2016 01:05 pm

O'Reilly Hospitality Management has reached an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to build a 202-room Embassy Suites Hotel and a 40,000-SF convention center on the Arkansas State University campus.