Tourism Archive

Innovation Hub Will Host Maker Faire Event in Argenta on May 2

by Mark Carter 3/12/2015 08:00 am

The event will run in conjuction with the fourth-annual Argenta Arts Festival and will take place on about three acres of property surrounding the Hub at Poplar and Broadway in downtown North Little Rock.

A Visit With James Beard Nominee Matt McClure of The Hive and Joël Antunes of One Eleven

by Jan Cottingham 3/9/2015 12:00 am

An Arkansas restaurant and an Arkansas chef recently gained national recognition of the best kind: being named semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards. The awards are among the most prestigious in the restaurant world.

AT&T, Verizon Boost Signals To Fit Demand

by Sean Beherec 3/9/2015 12:00 am

When a call or text message won't go through, AT&T and Verizon don't want their networks to be the problem. The companies have stepped up efforts in recent years to increase coverage and network speed for customers at the office and at concert venues and sporting events.

Joel Smith Hired to Lead Conference Services at WRI

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2015 03:34 pm

Smith will oversee the Institute's conference services staff including meeting planners, guest representatives and housekeeping, and oversee its conference dining operations as well as the on-site restaurant, the River Rock Grill.

Arkansas Hospitality Association Names Industry Awards Winners

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2015 03:19 pm

The Arkansas Hospitality Association named its industry award winners at a special event from the Clinton Presidential Center. The AHA Stars of the Industry Awards Gala recognized leaders and success stories over the past year in the Arkansas hospitality industry.

Walton Family Awards $5M Challenge Grant for Walton Art Center Project

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2015 12:08 pm

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded a $5 million challenge grant in support of a capital campaign to add 30,000-SF of space to the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

O'Reilly Hospitality Buys Holiday Inn, Boston's Restaurant Near Airport

by Lance Turner 3/2/2015 02:48 pm

O'Reilly Hospitality Management LLC of Springfield, Missouri, has purchased and now manages the 201-room Holiday Inn Little Rock-Airport-Conference Center and the Boston's Restaurant near the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Franchises Still Rule the Roost of Top Restaurants in the State by Receipts

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The Chik-fil-A location at 6201 W. Markham Street reported more than $4.6 million in 2014 gross receipts, up 4.8 percent from 2013. Chik-fil-A locations, owned by CFA Properties Inc. of Atlanta, also appeared at No. 6 on the Little Rock list, No. 4 in North Little Rock, No. 1 in Conway, and at Nos. 2-4 on the Top NWA Restaurants list.

Banded Brands Hear Call to Springdale

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Chuck Browning, CEO of Banded Holdings Inc. of Fayetteville, says part of a recent $10 million investment includes buying the Banded Brands license from Maxx Outdoors of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The price paid for the license wasn't publicly disclosed, but some of the money raised went for working capital and inventory, Browning said.

Marriott GM Bill Spencer Checks In With 3 Tips on Creating a Top Workplace

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Bill Spencer was named general manager of the Little Rock Marriott in January. He previously was GM at the Hilton Memphis, which, like the Marriott, is operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts of Atlanta.

Aerospace Industry Works To Get Word Out

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The seventh annual Arkansas Aerospace Summit will be held March 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza in Little Rock. It is being hosted by the Arkansas Aerospace & Defense Alliance, a group of aerospace companies that was formed in 2012.

Arkansas Travel Agents Say: We're Still Flying High

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

A decade after the airline industry bid them bon voyage, travel agents have found niches that allow them to survive and even thrive.

Beer Tourism Contributing to Growth in Industry

by Sean Beherec 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Tourism officials around the state are banking on growing interest in craft beers, leveraging the brewing industry's popularity to draw business to breweries and to the state's other attractions.

A-State Negotiates for Embassy Suites, Conference Center on Campus

by Lance Turner 2/27/2015 02:59 pm

Arkansas State University is negotiating with O'Reilly Hospitality Management LLC for a land lease agreement that would develop an Embassy Suites hotel, a conference center and Houlihan's restaurant on campus.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Davidson Hotels Names Bill Spencer GM of Little Rock Mariott

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2015 09:01 am

Davidson Hotels & Resorts of Atlanta says that Bill Spencer is the new general manager of its 418-room Little Rock Marriott hotel.

Outlets at Little Rock to Mark Grand Opening on Oct. 16

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2015 08:35 am

The developers of the Outlets at Little Rock say the shopping center will mark its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 16.

Allegiant to Start Nonstop, Seasonal Flights from LIT to LAX

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2015 03:23 pm

Allegiant Travel Co. says that on June 4 it will begin nonstop, seasonal jet service between Little Rock and Los Angeles.