Tourism Archive

WLR Dealership Combo Generates $10.3M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/28/2016 12:00 am

MAG-AR I Colonel Glenn LLC, led by Mark McLarty, purchased the 17,690-SF North Point Nissan facility at 1 Col. Glenn Plaza Drive. MAG-AR 6030 Landers Road LLC, another McLarty Auto Group affiliate, bought the 18,130-SF North Point Mazda facility at 6030 Landers Road in North Little Rock for $2.8 million.

Too Many Centers (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/28/2016 12:00 am

Jonesboro doesn't need two convention centers any more than Texarkana did.

Arkansas Visitors Spent $7.2B on Travel in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/25/2016 10:58 am

In 2015, Arkansas hosted more than 28 million visitors who spent a total of $7.2 billion, according to data released by the state Department of Parks and Tourism.

$425K in the Hole: Dickey-Stephens Park Ready for Opening Day

by Alexis Hosticka 3/24/2016 11:50 am

After three months of replacement and repairs, the Arkansas Travelers are hoping the only thing sinking on the baseball field come April 7 is a pitch or two.

Robinson Center Adding Outdoor Terrace, Begins Booking Events

by Alexis Hosticka 3/23/2016 01:52 pm

With only eight months until the reopening of the Robinson Center, the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission on Tuesday approved the addition of a 5,800-SF outdoor terrace.

ASU Convention Center Moves Forward With Grant From Delta Regional Authority

by Alexis Hosticka 3/22/2016 03:14 pm

A hotel and convention center project by Arkansas State University and O'Reilly Embassy Suites is moving forward even though a similar project has received significant financial support from the Jonesboro Advertising & Promotions Commission.

Governor, Hoops Fans Suffer Space Jam at High School Basketball Championship

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/21/2016 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his entourage with some 7,000 other people watched Bentonville's basketball clash with Cabot's boys in the Centennial Bank High School Championship Game.

Core Brewing Still Growing; Distillery Next

by Jan Cottingham 3/21/2016 12:00 am

Jesse Core, founder of craft brewer Core Brewing & Distilling Co. of Springdale, is busier than ever these days, but he took time earlier this month to fill Arkansas Business in on his rapidly expanding enterprise, founded only six years ago.

Arkansas Business Presents The Power List 2016

by Gwen Moritz 3/21/2016 12:00 am

The total number on our list this time is 179, but our goal has never been a particular number. Our goal is to give readers a resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest companies or institutions in the individual industries. And some industries have broader bases than others.

Worthen, McNulty Inducted Into Tourism Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2016 03:19 pm

Bill Worthen, director of Historic Arkansas Museum, and Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame Monday at the 42nd annual Governor's Conference on Tourism in Springdale.

Kaki Hockersmith To Put Designs on 1836 Club

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2016 12:00 am

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and his partners, Mark Camp and Rod Damon, have hired Little Rock interior designer Kaki Hockersmith to design the interior of their new project, the 1836 Club.

Bruce Lindsey Home Sells for $1.3 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2016 12:00 am

A house, a mixed bag of commercial property, retail space and a future hotel site provide a quartet of recent million-dollar transactions in Little Rock.

Restaurant Industry Growing in U.S., Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2016 12:00 am

U.S. restaurants will record sales of $782.7 billion in 2016 and employ 14.4 million, according to the National Restaurant Association's 2016 Restaurant Industry Forecast, released late last month.

Lean Times Leveling Off, But State's Golf Industry Still Scrambling

by Marty Cook 3/14/2016 12:00 am

More than 10 years after the formation of the Natural State Golf Trail, the sport is struggling to regain its popularity, especially with a younger generation that seems more interested in smartphones than sand wedges.

Downtown Little Rock Attracts More Hoteliers

by George Waldon 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Downtown Little Rock has drawn the attention of three hotel developers who have invested more than $7.3 million to secure locations.

New Owners Leave Lindsey's Resort in Familiar Hands

by Alexis Hosticka 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Lindsey's Resort has a fresh start after foreclosure last March completely shut down the quaint attraction on the Little Red River at Heber Springs, just as the resort was marking its 50th anniversary.

Let the Sun Shine (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Arkansans have had the legal right to know more about what all levels of our government are saying and doing for longer than most other Americans, but legislators do keep chipping away at the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act — and refusing to adopt technology that could improve its service to taxpayers.

Charlie Gocio Brought On at Sells Agency in Fayetteville (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Gocio, a Little Rock native, previously worked as a communications associate with the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock and was a public information coordinator for Arkansas Tech University's Ozark campus.

Kane Webb on Leading the Life of Leisure at Parks & Tourism

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Kane Webb was appointed executive director of the Parks & Tourism Department in 2015 by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Little Rock's Clinton National Airport Looks Beyond Passengers for Revenue

by George Waldon 3/7/2016 12:00 am

The Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport is holding its own in the face of declining passenger counts. While that downward trend continued to cut into revenue from landing fees and parking, the state's largest airport more than made up for it in other areas.