Tourism Archive

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.

Audrey House Says Arkansas Shouldn't Keep Its Wine Sales Bottled Up

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

When Audrey House was 21, she moved to Altus, bought 20 acres from Al Wiederkehr and set about starting her own vineyard and winery operation, which she called Chateau Aux Arc.

David Casey Moves Up to Avionics Director at Central Flying (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

As the director of avionics at Central Flying Service, Casey will oversee the operation of the Avionics & Instruments Group. He is currently a sales leader for the company's jet group.

Diamond Lewis Joins Culturally Connected Communications (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Diamond Lewis has been hired as public relations and accounts manager at Culturally Connected Communications in Little Rock.

Johnny Cash's Footsteps Lead Tourists Back in Time to Dyess

by Kyle Massey 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The legacy of American musician Johnny Cash attracts history buffs and music fans from dozens of countries and every state to his boyhood home in the Historic Dyess Colony, the largest agricultural resettlement of the Depression-era New Deal.

2 Firms Partner with Parks & Tourism to Increase Tourism Diversity

by Kyle Massey 3/3/2017 08:25 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism has partnered with two Little Rock diversity marketing consulting firms — Culturally Connected Communications and Cinco Media Group — to focus on increasing diversity tourism in the state.

Wine Bill Passes in the House

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 3/1/2017 02:54 pm

A proposal in the Arkansas Legislature to allow grocery stores to sell more wines passed in the House on Wednesday, after failing its first vote there on Monday.

Troy Keeping Joins I Square Management As President

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/1/2017 08:56 am

I Square Management, a privately-owned hotel development and management company based in Little Rock, announced on Wednesday that Troy Keeping is its new president.

Fort Smith, Great River Bridges Comprise Arkansas' 'Wish List'

by Marty Cook 2/27/2017 12:00 am

AHTD Director Scott Bennett narrowed his department's options in January after Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked him to put together a list of the state's top-priority highway projects.

CJRW Lottery Strategy: Playing To Win Over Millennials

by Kyle Massey 2/27/2017 12:00 am

The day after CJRW signed a hotly contested $34.5 million advertising contract on Feb. 16, a team led by Gary Heathcott at CJRW was busy putting a new face to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Fundraising, Statue of Liberty Style (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 2/27/2017 12:00 am

The story behind the Statue of Liberty's trip to America involves marketing, competition, envy, and the media, including lessons for fundraising today.

Contentious Grocery Store Wine Bill Fails In House

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/23/2017 03:22 pm

A proposal in the Arkansas Legislature to allow grocery stores to sell more wines failed in the House on Monday, but is expected to be brought up again this session.

Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

by Jan Cottingham 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Both the value and the volume of mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas rose last year, with the value increasing 11 percent to $9.8 billion and the volume rising 10 percent to 92.

Searcy Upgrades Infrastructure for Chance at New 'Power Center' for Shopping

by George Waldon 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Public, private and public-private developments representing tens of millions of dollars in construction are in motion in Searcy. Three projects highlighting each category alone tally more than $42 million.

Solutions In Search of Problems (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/20/2017 12:00 am

For reasons that cannot be practical, a couple of legislators are trying to bring to Arkansas all the consequences of a “bathroom bill” like that adopted in North Carolina to force transgendered persons to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

Collision Center Buy Tops $2.5 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/20/2017 12:00 am

LLArk Properties LLC of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, purchased the 40,000-SF Landers Collision Center at 10005 Col. Glenn Road from Aimco Equipment Co. LLC, led by Frank, Herren and Todd Hickingbotham.

Hive Chef Matthew McClure Sees Opportunity in Having a Full Plate

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Matthew McClure has been named a semifinalist for three consecutive years for the James Beard Foundation Awards' best chef in the South. This year's semifinalists are announced this month.

Louisiana Purchase Survey Sculpture to be Dedicated in Little Rock

by Lydia McAllister 2/17/2017 10:57 am

State and local officials will dedicate a new sculpture commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase survey at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Transgender Bathroom Bill Draws Criticism

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/16/2017 10:10 am

A bill filed Tuesday that "concerns gender identity and bathroom privileges" has already been rebuked by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

State Seeks Pricing in New Bids for Tourism Ad Contract

by Kyle Massey 2/15/2017 04:52 pm

The state reopened the bidding process on its largest advertising contract Wednesday afternoon, seeking pricing information from ad agencies hoping to land a $14 million-a-year pact for marketing Arkansas tourism and the state parks system.

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