Tourism Archive

Tenants on Main Street in Little Rock See Progress

by Lance Turner 3/19/2014 10:07 am

Our all-new sister site, Little Rock Soirée, is checking in on progress along Main Street in Little Rock, where millions of dollars in renovation is promising a new "creative corridor" of arts, culture and tech.

Mike Beebe Names 36 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 03:08 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced a judicial appointment as well as 36 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.3 Percent in January

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 09:40 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point from December to 7.3 percent in January, according to the state Department of Workforce Services.

Hot Springs Reconsidered (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Out of a terrible fire has come an opportunity for Hot Springs to recommit to an effort to preserve and enhance the city's great natural and architectural beauty. Now it's up to the city to take advantage of that opportunity, for the benefit of all Arkansans.

Brent Salter: No Mixed Opinions on Where Conway's Next Hot Spot Will Be

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Salter Properties has been a key player in the revitalization of downtown Conway, including the renovation of the old Smith Ford dealership on Front Street.

Downtown Little Rock Marriott Undergoing $16M Renovation

by Jan Cottingham 3/17/2014 12:00 am

The renovation will include all 418 guest rooms and all public meeting and dining spaces and is scheduled for completion in late summer. The hotel will remain open throughout the process.

Majestic Fire Puts Spotlight on Hot Springs' Vacant Buildings

by Luke Jones 3/17/2014 12:00 am

The February fire that destroyed the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has focused concerns on two troubling issues facing the resort city's historic downtown: the fire danger posed by other largely vacant properties and the failure of building owners to maintain their properties.

Bentonville Stresses Its Small-Town Feel

by Marty Cook 3/17/2014 12:00 am

A series of new planned developments in Bentonville has planned — or has already been put into action — is adding new life for its downtown area. The Thrive apartments are set to open by the end of this year in what the city calls its Arts District.

Conway Reimagined For $100M And Change

by George Waldon 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Tandem retail projects in Conway are poised to reshape the commercial landscape along Interstate 40. The biggest on the drawing board is Central Landing, a mixed-use redevelopment of the 151-acre municipal airport with a 750,000-SF lifestyle center.

Conway Works on Plan for a New Downtown

by Mark Friedman 3/17/2014 12:00 am

What started as a way to solve a flooding issue in Conway has blossomed into a plan to create a new downtown, covering 28 blocks to be transformed into a mixed-use development that features small businesses, wide sidewalks, public parking, parks, lofts and apartments.

$16M Renovation Planned For Downtown Little Rock Marriott

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 11:30 am

Downtown's Little Rock Marriott will be undergoing a $16 million renovation, hotel officials announced Friday. The renovation will include all 418 guest rooms and all public meeting and dining spaces and is scheduled for completion in late summer.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.

ASU Negotiating with Firm for Hotel, Convention Center

by Lee Hogan 3/12/2014 09:54 am

Arkansas State University says it's negotiating with Jonesboro Hotel and Convention Center LLC of Effingham, Ill., to build the proposed hotel and convention center at the university's Jonesboro campus.

Lisenne Rockefeller Funds Lecture Series for U.S. Marshals Museum

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/11/2014 11:34 am

The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith gets a $100,000 grant from Lisenne Rockefeller, wife of the late Lt. Gov. Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, to fund a lecture series in his name.

Report: Queen Wilhelmina Delays Cost $11.5M

by Lance Turner 3/10/2014 01:50 pm

The Polk County Pulse has an update on the ongoing Queen Wilhelmina renovation saga, which Arkansas Business began noting back in September.

CJRW Takes On Changes in Marketing Industry

by Luke Jones 3/10/2014 12:00 am

CJRW has been roiled by staff defections recently, departures that have left the state's largest ad agency increasingly dependent on its big clients, the biggest being the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism worth $8.4 million this year.

Veteran Restaurateur Denis Seyer Recharged After 4-Year Hiatus

by Jan Cottingham 3/10/2014 12:00 am

The chef and businessman behind a string of legendary Little Rock restaurants — Alouette's, Graffiti's, to name a couple — takes on a new project four years after a stroke ended his “semi-retirement” in the Cayman Islands. This time he brings his love for great food prepared simply to 1620 Savoy.

Hotels, Restaurants Stay Steady on Top Revenue Lists

by Jan Cottingham 3/10/2014 12:00 am

This year's list of the top revenue-producing hotels and restaurants in 2013 didn't pack many surprises. Two hotels, both in northwest Arkansas, debuted on the list, one hotel got a new identity — the Peabody Little Rock became the Marriott-Little Rock — and one hotel disappeared.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Acumen's Goal: To Own the Southern Lifestyle Marketplace

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 12:00 am

In December, Acumen Brands of Fayetteville announced objectives for 2014 that one company executive called “insane.” The leadership wanted five new programs to keep the company vibrant and growing, among those programs “flash sales” and “Marketplace.”