Tourism Archive

Arkansas Governor's Quality Award Winners Announced

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2015 08:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson recognized winners at the Governor's Quality Award Program held at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. North Arkansas College of Harrison took top honors in receiving the Governor's Award for Performance Excellence.

Arkansas Land Transfer is Completed for US Marshals Museum

by Associated Press 9/15/2015 06:52 am

The transfer of 16.3 acres of riverfront property to the U.S. Marshals Museum has been completed.

Officials: Robinson Renovations Will Bring Bigger Shows Like 'Phantom' in 2017

by Alexis Hosticka 9/14/2015 11:28 am

With about 14 months remaining to finish a massive renovation, construction at Robinson Center is on target to be complete in November 2016, officials said Monday.

Kelly Zega Moves to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2015 12:00 am

Zega has been the director of public relations for Cox Communications in Arkansas for the past decade.

Specialty Stores Spice Up Bentonville Square

by Marty Cook 9/14/2015 12:00 am

Because he knew Bentonville, Bill Oakley said, he never doubted his retail success. Oakley opened a Spice & Tea Exchange franchise in 2012 just off the downtown square. So far, sales have risen steadily since the exchange opened.

Mayor Mark Stodola Looks to Keep Main Street Makeover Moving

by George Waldon 9/14/2015 12:00 am

A mix of retail and of-fice buildings that decades ago were part of the city's historic commercial core have combined with new construction to recast a string of properties. A foundation of restaurants, apartments and the performing arts will be joined by a high-rise hotel redevelopment and the Little Rock Tech Park.

Arkansas Municipalities Left to Clean up After Property Owners Leave Mess

by Mark Friedman 9/14/2015 12:00 am

Dealing with property owners who neglect dilapidated commercial buildings is becoming a growing problem for cities, especially when they crumble, Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said. Other officials in cities and towns in Arkansas agree with her.

Disney World Plans to End Osborne Family Christmas Lights

by Associated Press 9/11/2015 02:33 pm

Walt Disney World on Friday announced this will be the last year of the Osborne family's Christmas lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Crystal Bridges Announces Major Purchases, Including Works by Whistler, Maya Lin

by Jan Cottingham 9/11/2015 12:31 pm

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces several major acquisitions, including a painting by James McNeill Whistler and a special commission to Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Hospitality Association to Host Convention in Little Rock

by Alexis Hosticka 9/11/2015 09:06 am

The Arkansas Hospitality Association will host its annual convention on Tuesday, highlighting vendors and businesses from around the state and presenting the 2015 marketing plan from the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

Horse Industry Worries About Plans to Curb Casino Subsidies

by Associated Press 9/10/2015 01:39 pm

Horse track operators and breeders are concerned the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that's helped prop up their long suffering-industry.

A Decision To Make (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/7/2015 12:00 am

In the wake of an opinion issued by state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas property owners and tenants — including individuals, churches and businesses — have another decision to make: Will you allow the open carry of firearms?

Portion of Hiking Trail Reopens at Buffalo National River

by Associated Press 9/4/2015 02:36 pm

A portion of a popular hiking trail at the Buffalo National River has reopened after it was damaged earlier this summer from heavy rainfall.

Maya Angelou's Art Collection is Headed to New York Auction

by Associated Press 9/4/2015 11:38 am

The art collection of celebrated writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is heading to auction this month.

Concessions Prices to Drop at Razorbacks Stadium

by Associated Press 9/4/2015 07:35 am

Food and drinks will be cheaper this season for fans attending football games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium.

Little Rock's Original Fern Bar: How Buster's Birthed Dave & Buster's

by Jan Cottingham 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Next summer, Dave & Buster's, based in Dallas and co-founded by Corley and Corriveau in 1982, will be opening a location in Little Rock, its first in Arkansas. D&B now has almost 11,000 employees and 73 stores, including one in New York's Times Square. The Arkansas arrival comes 33 years after its founders opened Buster's in Little Rock's Union Station.

Inaugural Inductees Honored at Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Alexis Hosticka 8/28/2015 09:12 am

The new Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame inducted its first members, 11 women and one group, during a ceremony Thursday night at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame to Honor First Inductees

by Alexis Hosticka 8/27/2015 10:12 am

The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame will celebrate its inaugural class of inductees at a ceremony Thursday evening at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Crystal Bridges: Bachman-Wilson House to Open Nov. 11

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/26/2015 09:24 am

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville said Wednesday that it plans to open the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson House on Nov. 11.

Bradburys Give $500K for Art Museum at Arkansas State

by Mark Carter 8/26/2015 09:09 am

Stephens Inc. COO Curt Bradbury and his wife Chucki have made a $500,000 matching gift to transform an art gallery that bears their name at Arkansas State University.