Shelby Woods with his marketing agency, Cranford Johnson Robinson & Woods, became the state’s top tourism marketer, publishing the Arkansas Tour Guide for 50 years and helping rebrand Arkansas as a “Natural State” for visitors.
The controversy over the grocery wine bill illustrates the importance of convenience to the alcohol consumer, convenience is a quality-of-life issue, and quality-of-life issues are closely linked to tourism.
Bill Worthen, director of Historic Arkansas Museum, and Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame Monday at the 42nd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Springdale.
The 333 Executive Court Building in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.5 million. A west Little Rock congregation expanded its holdings in a $3.65 million deal for a neighboring 45,528-SF grocery store. And two Little Rock nonprofits were on either side of a $1.11 million transaction.
The Arkansas Hospitality Association will host its annual convention on Tuesday, highlighting vendors and businesses from around the state and presenting the 2015 marketing plan from the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.
The 70th annual Arkansas Hospitality Association Convention & Trade Show will be Sept. 17-18 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Those in the restaurant industry as well as civilians with an appreciation for food and wine will find the event interesting.
Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it’s aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.
The majority of the state’s tourism, dining and entertainment businesses have become proponents of the hyperactive social world in which we now live, employing innovative marketing strategies that not only make information dissemination convenient for customers and industry partners alike — they also make it fun.
In a world where more and more is being conducted virtually, the value compared to the cost and effort involved in organizing a trade show could be considered much less today than it once was. But with valuable opportunities for face-to-face networking and hands-on learning, many still find the trade show and similar events worthwhile investments.