Tourism Archive

Downtown Startup Space Among Conway Chamber's Priorities

by Sarah Campbell 3/10/2017 11:38 am

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce said Thursday it will raise public and private money for seven "generation defining" projects, including a startup space that Conway Corp. has said it will pay for.

13 Firms Make Bids for Arkansas' $14M Parks & Tourism Ad Business

by Kyle Massey 3/8/2017 03:24 pm

Longtime state tourism marketer CJRW is one of 13 advertising firms from several states competing for the state's largest ad contract, the $14 million-a-year pact for promoting the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

Verizon Arena Breaks Revenue Record in 2016

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

North Little Rock's Verizon Arena set a new revenue record last year: $7.84 million.

Restaurant Sales in Arkansas To Top $4 Billion

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Restaurant industry sales nationwide were expected to reach almost $783 billion in 2016, while restaurant sales in Arkansas last year were projected at $4.3 billion, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Arkansas' Arcane Liquor Laws Slowly Loosen

by Jan Cottingham 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The controversy over the grocery wine bill illustrates the importance of convenience to the alcohol consumer, convenience is a quality-of-life issue, and quality-of-life issues are closely linked to tourism.

Auto Dealership Buys Surpass $41 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Affiliates of Little Rock's McLarty Auto Group bought four auto properties from affiliates of Asbury Automotive Group of Duluth, Georgia.

Podiatrist's Purchase of Convention Center Gives Texarkana Officials Cold Feet

by Mark Friedman 3/6/2017 12:00 am

A Texas podiatrist with a past that includes a federal conviction wants to buy the troubled Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn out of bankruptcy — and that has some Texarkana officials on the Arkansas side concerned.

Midsouth Bank Accuses Arkansas Convention Center Owner of Fraud

by Mark Friedman 3/6/2017 12:00 am

MidSouth Bank of Lafayette, Louisiana, has asked a bankruptcy court judge not to allow Dr. Hiren D. Patel, who owns the Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn in Texarkana, to be allowed to walk away from a $13.3 million debt he owes the bank.

Hospitality, Heritage Honor Tourism and Restaurant Stars

by Jan Cottingham 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Some stars in the hospitality industry generally and the restaurant sector specifically shine. A couple of state organizations recognized these stars last week.

Audrey House Says Arkansas Shouldn't Keep Its Wine Sales Bottled Up

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

When Audrey House was 21, she moved to Altus, bought 20 acres from Al Wiederkehr and set about starting her own vineyard and winery operation, which she called Chateau Aux Arc.

David Casey Moves Up to Avionics Director at Central Flying (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

As the director of avionics at Central Flying Service, Casey will oversee the operation of the Avionics & Instruments Group. He is currently a sales leader for the company's jet group.

Diamond Lewis Joins Culturally Connected Communications (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Diamond Lewis has been hired as public relations and accounts manager at Culturally Connected Communications in Little Rock.

Johnny Cash's Footsteps Lead Tourists Back in Time to Dyess

by Kyle Massey 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The legacy of American musician Johnny Cash attracts history buffs and music fans from dozens of countries and every state to his boyhood home in the Historic Dyess Colony, the largest agricultural resettlement of the Depression-era New Deal.

2 Firms Partner with Parks & Tourism to Increase Tourism Diversity

by Kyle Massey 3/3/2017 08:25 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism has partnered with two Little Rock diversity marketing consulting firms — Culturally Connected Communications and Cinco Media Group — to focus on increasing diversity tourism in the state.

Wine Bill Passes in the House

by Sarah Campbell 3/1/2017 02:54 pm

A proposal in the Arkansas Legislature to allow grocery stores to sell more wines passed in the House on Wednesday, after failing its first vote there on Monday.

Troy Keeping Joins I Square Management As President

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/1/2017 08:56 am

I Square Management, a privately-owned hotel development and management company based in Little Rock, announced on Wednesday that Troy Keeping is its new president.

Fort Smith, Great River Bridges Comprise Arkansas' 'Wish List'

by Marty Cook 2/27/2017 12:00 am

AHTD Director Scott Bennett narrowed his department's options in January after Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked him to put together a list of the state's top-priority highway projects.

CJRW Lottery Strategy: Playing To Win Over Millennials

by Kyle Massey 2/27/2017 12:00 am

The day after CJRW signed a hotly contested $34.5 million advertising contract on Feb. 16, a team led by Gary Heathcott at CJRW was busy putting a new face to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Fundraising, Statue of Liberty Style (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 2/27/2017 12:00 am

The story behind the Statue of Liberty's trip to America involves marketing, competition, envy, and the media, including lessons for fundraising today.

Contentious Grocery Store Wine Bill Fails In House

by Sarah Campbell 2/23/2017 03:22 pm

A proposal in the Arkansas Legislature to allow grocery stores to sell more wines failed in the House on Monday, but is expected to be brought up again this session.

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