Tourism Archive

Texas Tourism Turns Down Oxford American

by Michelle Corbet 10/6/2014 12:00 am

When Oxford American first started focusing its music issues on Southern states, the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism funded the issue's accompanying CD in an advertising partnership valued at $33,000.

Leasing Program Brings Business to Hot Springs' Bathhouse Row

by Associated Press 10/5/2014 01:51 pm

All but the Maurice and Hale bath houses are currently occupied, and business on Bathhouse Row is thriving, according to Hot Springs National Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez.

Jane Chu to Visit Little Rock, North Little Rock Next Week

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/3/2014 09:51 am

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts is scheduled to be in central Arkansas next week to meet with the arts community in Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Hot Springs' Central Avenue Named One of 10 Great Streets in America

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/3/2014 09:24 am

Hot Springs' Central Avenue was recently named one of the 10 Great Streets for 2014 by the American Planning Association.

Mike Beebe Makes 28 Appointments to Arkansas Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/1/2014 10:49 am

Gov. Mike Beebe announced a judicial appointment along with others to state boards and commissions.

Little Rock Marriott Caps $16M Renovations with Relaunch Party

by Lee Hogan 10/1/2014 09:58 am

The Little Rock Marriott unveiled the finished result of its $16 million renovation with a relaunch party Tuesday night. The renovation included all 418 guest rooms, and all public meeting and dining spaces.

Marshals Museum Officials Working on Land Easement

by Associated Press 9/30/2014 03:09 pm

The people working to build a museum dedicated to U.S. Marshals are working with the Army Corps of Engineers on officially securing land on which the building will be constructed on.

Cole McCaskill on What's Central To Bringing More Tourists to Hot Springs

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Cole McCaskill is a Hot Springs native who recently stepped into the newly created position of downtown development director. His job is to manage the Hot Springs Metro Partnership's Strategic Plan for Downtown Development, which grew out of the February fire that destroyed the historic Majestic Hotel.

Vitamin Shoppe Leads Off Six-Pack of Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

McCain Plaza LLC of Los Angeles bought the Vitamin Shoppe at 4300 McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock for $3.77 million from Quattro North Little Rock LLC of Oak Brook, Illinois.

Bank Branch Trio Generates $3.45M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Three former Metropolitan National Bank branches combined for a $3.45 million transaction. A 3-acre parking lot in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.7 million deal. And a 50-room motel in Jacksonville changed hands in a $1.2 million deal.

Developers Reimagine Conway's Oak Street

by Michelle Corbet 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Conway's downtown has traditionally ended where Oak Street intersects with bustling Harkrider Street, but city planners and commercial developers are attempting to push that historic envelope further to the east. Developers plan to link historic downtown Conway with additional options of dining, shopping and health care along Conway's reimagined vision for Oak Street.

Developments Old, New Suit Fort Smith

by Gwen Moritz 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Fort Smith is not only the site of the future U.S. Marshals Museum, but also nearly 1,000 new jobs (by 2021) and a new $30 million headquarters for ArcBest Corp. on the east side of town at Chaffee Crossing.

Otter Creek Mall Development Decades in the Making

by George Waldon 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Once upon a time, the current site of the Gateway Town Center and Bass Pro developments was slated to be part of a grand 1.1 million-SF regional mall development. The fabled Otter Creek Mall never achieved escape velocity from its drawing board concept unveiled on April Fool's Day in 1980.

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 07:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

Hot Springs' Citizens Building Eyed for New Development

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Fayetteville attorney Robert Depper and LSC Hotel Restaurant Management Co. of El Dorado have formed Let Us Revive Hot Springs Downtown LLC, with hopes of renovating one of the city's historic downtown buildings into a boutique hotel.

Argenta Community Development Corp. Weighs Its Future

by Mark Friedman 9/22/2014 12:00 am

While Argenta Community Development Corp. of North Little Rock ponders its future — including whether to dissolve — the nonprofit first must deal with a foreclosure lawsuit filed against it last month after defaulting on a $560,000 loan.

Landers Auto Dealership Drives $22.1M Toyota Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Luther Auto Group's acquisition of Steve Landers Toyota in Little Rock generated a real estate transaction valued at $22.1 million. A former Metropolitan National Bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.76 million sale. And a 27,832-SF piece of the Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock changed hands in a transaction valued at $1.2 million.

U.S. Marshals Museum Gets $5M Pledge

by Lance Turner 9/18/2014 11:34 am

The U.S. Marshals Museum, set to break ground Wednesday in Fort Smith, received a $5 million pledge from an anonymous donor, museum leaders said Thursday.

David Allan Wins Again at Startup Weekend Little Rock

by Mark Carter 9/16/2014 10:51 am

David Allan has this Startup Weekend thing down. Allan and his Kick It Little Rock team won the latest Startup Weekend Little Rock held at Acxiom's corporate headquarters in the River Market.