Tourism Archive

State Cancels Bid Process for Tourism Advertising Contract

by Kyle Massey 2/10/2017 11:58 am

The State Office of Procurement canceled its bid solicitation for the state's biggest advertising contract — the $14 million-a-year deal for marketing state tourism — just days before written responses from agencies were due.

In Jonesboro, 2 Convention Center Projects Take Shape

by Todd Traub 2/7/2017 01:10 pm

After years of trying for one, the city now has two hotel and convention center facilities in various stages of development and construction, one near the interstate and one on the Arkansas State campus.

AGFC Renames Wildlife Area to Honor George Dunklin Jr.

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/6/2017 10:37 am

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission votes to rename the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area in honor of George Dunklin Jr. of Stuttgart.

Lottery Ad Contract Process Reveals Fissures

by Kyle Massey 2/6/2017 12:00 am

It wasn't smooth, but the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has a new advertising agency, CJRW of Little Rock.

Playing the Trading Card (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 2/6/2017 12:00 am

If the United States were to impose onerous tariffs on foreign goods, the effect on Arkansas consumers would be higher prices.

Stonehaven Purchase Surpasses $7.1 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/6/2017 12:00 am

The 60-unit assisted living project in Maumelle was sold by Stonehaven Assisted Living LLC, led by James Thomas. The deal is financed with a $5.2 million loan from First Security Bank of Searcy.

Four Points Brings Two to Midtown Hotel (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/6/2017 12:00 am

Tracy Morales is the new director of sales and marketing and Kevin Steele is now director of public relations and marketing at the Four Points by Sheraton in midtown Little Rock.

Terraforma Buys NLR Riverfront Land for Entertainment District

by Sarah Campbell 2/3/2017 11:10 am

Terraforma LLC of Maumelle says it has purchased 5.6 acres along the Arkansas River near Broadway Bridge from the city of North Little Rock for $2.6 million.

Judges Named for Tourism Ad Contract Competition

by Kyle Massey 2/2/2017 04:32 pm

The Office of State Procurement reveals a preliminary list of judges for awarding the state's largest advertising and marketing assignment, the $14.4 million-a-year contract for promoting Arkansas as a tourist destination.

Airbnb Announces Tax Agreement With Arkansas

by Sarah Campbell 2/2/2017 01:46 pm

Airbnb announced Monday that it will begin to collect and remit taxes in Arkansas on behalf of the company's hosts and guests.

Unemployment in Arkansas MSAs Down From 2015

by Todd Traub 2/1/2017 09:58 am

December unemployment was down in Arkansas from a year ago, according to Bureau of Labor Department figures released Wednesday.

True Tale Trounces Comic Fantasy at Dogpatch USA

by George Waldon 1/30/2017 12:00 am

The story of Dogpatch USA is a meandering one that now covers half a century. Its course resembles the winding, up-and-down path of Scenic Highway 7 that brought hundreds of thousands of visitors during its 25-year run.

Director Susan Altrui Says Zoo Exhibits a Habitat for Inspiration

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/30/2017 12:00 am

Susan Altrui was named director of the Little Rock Zoo in December.

Lowe's Land Draws Deals Totaling $6.1M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 1/30/2017 12:00 am

Lowe's Home Centers LLC of Mooresville, North Carolina, acquired about 17.2 acres at the northwest corner of Kanis and Bowman roads to make room for a new 113,941-SF Lowe's store in west Little Rock.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2017 08:57 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces the appointments to boards and commissions.

New Tourism Welcome Center Administrator Named

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2017 10:05 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism on Thursday named Kayla Hardage its new Tourism Welcome Center administrator.

Sarah Kinser Takes Top Post in Arkansas PR Society

by Kyle Massey 1/23/2017 11:18 am

The state chapter of the Public Relations Society of America installed its 2017 officers, including Kinser, of the Arkansas Community Foundation, as president.

Financial Trouble Among Competing Convention Centers Split in Texarkana

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2017 12:00 am

MidSouth Bank of Lafayette will be paid proceeds from the sale of a Texarkana hotel which was sold through the bankruptcy of convention center investor Dr. Hiren Patel.

Boutique Hotel May Open Near Promenade at Chenal

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2017 12:00 am

James and Terry Barnes and their Promenade Hospitality LLC bought the 3-acre site near The Promenade at Chenal with an eye toward a 2018 opening.

Central Arkansas Unemployment Area Rate at Record Lows

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2017 12:00 am

Job growth in central Arkansas has been modest, but unemployment in the region is at historic lows, according to a Metroplan report released earlier this month.