Tourism Archive

An Out-of-State Ad Firm for Arkansas Tourism? Unlikely, but Possible

by Kyle Massey 3/27/2017 12:00 am

Will the state of Arkansas award its biggest advertising contract to an out-of-state agency? Little Rock marketing pros think probably not, but the idea isn't inconceivable.

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to Record 3.7 Percent in February

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2017 10:36 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate continued to fall in February to the lowest on record, 3.7 percent. The rate was 3.8 percent in January and 4.1 percent in February 2016.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 258K

by Lance Turner 3/23/2017 10:33 am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.

The Influencers: Jeff Long of the University of Arkansas

by Marty Cook 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long is a driven man, so it's a bit of a surprise when his voice catches while talking about how much sports mean to him.

Arkansas Business Presents The Influencers

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Meet five leaders in business and education who are influencing their industries, their communities and the future of Arkansas.

Eight Win Henry Awards at Tourism Conference

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/15/2017 01:17 pm

Winners of the annual Henry Awards were honored Tuesday during a luncheon at the 43rd Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism, which was held Sunday-Tuesday in Little Rock.

Nominate by Friday for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2017 11:14 am

Arkansas Business is seeking nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who excel in their profession and are leaving their mark on the Arkansas business and nonprofit community.

Change In the Air at Clinton National Airport

by Mark Friedman 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Renovations at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock are coming at a time when other airports are starting to look more like shopping malls.

Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.

El Dorado Airport Awaits Decision On Airline Service Provider

by Sarah Campbell 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Whether passengers will soon be flying again from the South Arkansas Regional Airport in El Dorado is up in the air as the U.S. Department of Transportation reviews the community's appeal of the airline selected to provide subsidized Essential Air Service.

Frugal Fort Smith Airport Looks Ahead

by Marty Cook 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Director John Parker of the Fort Smith Regional Airport is proud of its well-earned reputation for getting the most out of old equipment.

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.

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