Tourism Archive

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Ready for Its Return to Robinson

by Cimber Winfrey 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Meticulous preparation will allow the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to return to the Robinson Center Music Hall this fall financially secure after overcoming what could have been a steep decline in revenue because of an unavoidable venue change.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Opus Ball to Kick Off Robinson Center's Reopening

by Cimber Winfrey 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Those attending the ball will enjoy a cocktail reception in Robinson's new ballroom, a silent and live auction, as well as dinner and dancing, with music provided by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Big Band. Annual proceeds of the Opus Ball are expected to exceed $475,000.

Razorback Foundation in Hands of Veteran Fan Scott Varady

by Marty Cook 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Scott Varady was happy as a lawyer for the University of Arkansas until a chance conversation with Sean Rochelle got him thinking.

NLR Bowling Project Rolls Out $2.3M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Millennium Bowl of Little Rock LLC, led by Anil Nayar, Aziz Pabani, Akbar Pabani and Kairunnisa Khan, bought its namesake project at 7200 Counts Massie Road. The seller is Millennium Bowl Inc., led by James Moore.

Slideshow: As Broadway Bridge Rises, Drivers Plot New Route

by Sarah Campbell 8/1/2016 12:00 am

The steel pieces floating on barges in the Arkansas River at downtown North Little Rock look like “a giant Erector Set,” but by next summer they are expected to form the basket-handle arches of the new $98.4 million Broadway Bridge.

Play Your Own Game (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/1/2016 12:00 am

You need to play your own game. Don't let the decisions others are making be more than data points in the mix when making your own decisions, because they aren't working with the exact same factors.

Soul Fish Café On the Line for August Opening

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2016 12:00 am

It looks like Aug. 3 or thereabouts is the opening day for Soul Fish Café, which features fried catfish and other Southern favorites, at 306 Main St. in downtown Little Rock next door to the also eagerly awaited Bruno's Deli.

Gaillardia Club Woes Spawned Phil Herrington Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Herrington's $13.45 million Chapter 11 reorganization, filed on March 18, represents one of the largest debt totals in a personal bankruptcy filing in recent years in Arkansas. He listed $5.1 million in assets.

Not Big Enough For Both (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Because building two convention centers in Jonesboro, a city of fewer than 75,000, doesn't seem prudent, we feel the need to be ready for a sad news event.

‘Pokemon Go' and Social Marketing (Ross Cranford Expert Advice)

by Ross Cranford 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Social savvy restaurateurs and tourism destinations have begun to lure “Pokemon” players with special offers. The hardest part of the consumer funnel has often been that last step along the way getting customers to your door.

Webb: State Needs 'More Swagger' in Approach to Tourism

by Alexis Hosticka 7/20/2016 10:16 am

Tourism is changing as millennials' interests and spending habits affect the industry, according to Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

O'Reilly Gets Hilton OK for Embassy Suites, Convention Center at Arkansas State

by Lance Turner 7/19/2016 01:05 pm

O'Reilly Hospitality Management has reached an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to build a 202-room Embassy Suites Hotel and a 40,000-SF convention center on the Arkansas State University campus.

Bacigalupi Has New Hope for Star Wars Musuem

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/18/2016 12:00 am

Former Crystal Bridges president Don Bacigalupi looking to San Francisco for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Report: 7 Percent of Arkansas Bridges Structurally Deficient

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/18/2016 12:00 am

Of the 12,853 bridges in the state, 845, or 7 percent, are classified as structurally deficient, meaning that one or more of the key bridge elements — such as the deck, superstructure or substructure — are considered to be in “poor” or worse condition.

North of Eden (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/18/2016 12:00 am

My husband and I, essentially empty-nesters except for the college senior we left at home to care for Scully the dog and Fox the cat, headed north to escape the Arkansas heat.

Aristotle App BeaconSage Wins International Award

by Sarah Campbell 7/18/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock web developer Aristotle announced that its new product, BeaconSage, had attracted worldwide attention by winning an Umbraco Award for Best Technical Solution at Codegarden, an international conference for developers held in June in Odense, Denmark.

Ralph Vines on Paving the Road to Success with Good Decisions

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/18/2016 12:00 am

Ralph Vines started Kesser International in 1987 as a sole proprietorship while he also was serving in the U.S. Army.

The Historic Arlington, Still Vital (Ray Hanley Commentary)

by Ray Hanley 7/18/2016 12:00 am

Once the largest hotel in the state, the Arlington Hotel's role in the development of Hot Springs has earned its position in the history and economy of the city.

A Builder With a Goal: Mark Zweig Raring To Remake Fayetteville

by Marty Cook 7/11/2016 12:00 am

Mark Zweig made his building bones buying up single-family residences and rebuilding or renovating them into high-priced classical homes. That was simple compared to building commercially.

Verizon Arena On Track for Biggest Revenue Year Ever

by George Waldon 7/11/2016 12:00 am

From the outside looking in, 2016 is producing a bumper crop of crowd-drawing entertainment at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena. A banner-year-in-the-making forecast holds up to review by the ultimate arena insider.