Travis Napper has been named director of Arkansas Tourism, a division of the state Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, department Secretary Stacy Hurst announced Friday.
Napper replaces Jim Dailey, who the department said retired at the end of 2019. Napper will oversee the state’s tourism division, which looks to generate travel and enhance the image of the state.
He will begin work on April 1 at a salary of $112,000.
“Travis has an impressive mix of professional experience and accomplishments within the tourism industry that will help lift Arkansas to the next level in attracting visitors to our state,” Hurst said in a news release. “I look forward to working with him.”
Napper has been president and CEO of the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau in Ruston, Louisiana, since 2012. Before that, he was director of orientation and special programs at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.
“The commission welcomes Travis to our team, which is always working to grow tourism in the Natural State,” Kalene Griffith, chair of the State Parks Recreation and Travel Commission, said in a news release. “Although we have enjoyed excellent numbers over the past few years, we want to introduce Arkansas as a destination to even more visitors.”
In addition to the Tourism Division, ADPHT has two other major divisions: Arkansas State Parks and Arkansas Heritage.