Tourism Archive

Dana Mather Named Acting Director of Main Street Rogers

by Marty Cook 5/15/2014 11:26 am

Dana Mather was named acting director of Main Street Rogers on May 12 after the organization's board of directors postponed a search for a full-time executive director.

Capital Hotel Named to Southern Living Hotel Collection

by Lee Hogan 5/14/2014 11:27 am

The Capital Hotel in Little Rock was recently added to the Southern Living Hotel Collection, a list of independent four- and five-star hotels, resorts and inns across the South.

Shift Toward ‘Wet' Taking Arkansas by Storm (Ben Johnson Commentary)

by Ben Johnson 5/12/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas today remains among the few states fractured into a patchwork of wet and dry regions. The surge of local option elections expanding the boundaries of wet territory has provoked calls in state publications for a uniform statewide system of liquor sales that could not be eroded piecemeal by local referendums.

Downtown Bentonville Executive Director David Deggs Resigns

by Marty Cook 5/7/2014 03:46 pm

David Deggs announced his resignation as executive director of Downtown Bentonville Inc. on Tuesday.

Video: Here's Video of Kevin Delaney of the Museum of Discovery on 'The Tonight Show'

by Lance Turner 5/6/2014 07:03 am

Kevin Delaney, the director of visitor experience at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, had his big moment in the spotlight last night, appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Delaney performed science demonstrations with host Fallon as his "laboratory assistant."

Culinary Education Heating Up at Arkansas Colleges

by Jan Cottingham 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Culinary education in Arkansas' public colleges and universities has boomed in recent years, and educators say they're placing their students in jobs before they even graduate.

Two Cranfords and Peacock Leave CJRW in Latest Departures

by Luke Jones 5/5/2014 12:00 am

The shakeup continues at Cranford Robinson Johnson Woods: Last week three executives, including two of the Little Rock ad firm's namesake Cranfords, resigned.

South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado Building $700,000 Quad

by Luke Jones 5/5/2014 12:00 am

The $700,000 project, officially titled the William R. & Cacilia Howard Heritage Plaza, was funded entirely through private donations, Waldrop said. The “heritage” in the name comes from the idea that many former institutions, such as El Dorado High School, have used the grounds and buildings that the college has occupied since 1992.

Kelley Bass on How Working in Newspapers Prepared Him for Career in Nonprofit Industry

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Before becoming CEO at the Museum of Discovery in December 2012, Bass was assistant dean for external affairs for the Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He remains active in the central Arkansas nonprofit community, serving on the board of Riverfest, for which he chaired the 30th anniversary festival in 2007, and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

Walton Arts Center Renovation Cost Moves Higher

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Walton Arts Center officials say the planned renovation and expansion of its theater complex and headquarters on Dickson Street may cost as much as $23 million.

Historic Dyess Colony Project Expects to Bring Tourists, Revenue

by Lee Hogan 5/2/2014 01:58 pm

The restoration of the Dyess Administration Building and the Johnny Cash boyhood home are part of a broader Historic Dyess Colony project, led by the Arkansas Heritage Sites. Project leaders hope the restoration, and inclusion into the Arkansas Heritage Sites, will incite investment and increase revenue in the area.

Top 20 Arkansas Highway Projects Survive Fiscal Cliff as AHTD Pares Down Roster

by George Waldon 4/28/2014 12:00 am

Contracts totaling $100.4 million recently were awarded for 70 highway improvement projects around Arkansas. The dollar total could've topped $160 million if it weren't for the looming shadow of the Fiscal Cliff.

Get Tickets for Arkansas Business Power Breakfast Panel on Boards of Directors

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/25/2014 04:29 pm

Arkansas Business presents a new event series called Power Breakfast. This program features experts who will share strategies for building an effective board of directors and being an impactful board member. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

Changes, Temporary Closing Coming to Ashley's at the Capital Hotel

by Lee Hogan 4/25/2014 04:24 pm

Change is coming to Ashley's at the Capital Hotel. Hotel management says the popular Little Rock restaurant will be closing, temporarily, May 4 to allow for a redesign. The restaurant aims to reopen in July.

In Arkansas, Drones Take Place of News Choppers

by Luke Jones 4/21/2014 12:00 am

The days of the humble news chopper are waning. It's now cheaper, easier and more effective to shoot stories with drones. News stations are adapting to this change in different ways. Some are hiring freelancers with access to the technology.

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 01:30 pm

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.

Simmons Name Appears on Arkansas' Tallest Building

by Gwen Moritz 4/16/2014 11:02 am

The new logo of Simmons First National Bank appeared over the weekend on the south side of Little Rock's tallest building, an installation timed specifically so that a photo of the high-profile branding could be shown at the Simmons First National Corp. annual shareholders meeting.

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Boyle Building in Little Rock Will Carry Aloft Hotel Banner

by Mark Carter 4/14/2014 10:16 am

The 12-story Boyle Building at 501 Main St. in Little Rock will be developed as an Aloft Hotel, according to announcement Monday by the Chi Hotel Group of Little Rock.

Jonesboro Liquor Sales Up 5.26 Percent in 2013

by Mark Friedman 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Establishments in Jonesboro sold $8.2 million worth of alcohol in 2013, which was up $408,255, or 5.26 percent, over 2012's numbers.