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Pedaling Progress: Bentonville’s Evolution as a Global Cycling HubLock Icon

Manufacturers, retailers and tourists discover Bentonville, the self-proclaimed mountain biking capital of the world. read more >
Real Estate / Tourism

Visit Bentonville, Greater Bentonville Chamber to Share Offices

Visit Bentonville and the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce will share office space beginning Nov. 15, as the organizations plan to collaborate more closely, executives said. read more >
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Bentonville Reports Record Tourism Revenue in 2022

The increase is a sign of the city's growing profile as a destination for outdoor recreation, the arts and more. read more >

Kimberli Krutsch Joins Visit Bentonville as Sales Director

Krutsch has almost two decades of experience in hospitality and accommodations. read more >

Visit Bentonville Focused on Niche Markets, Says CEO Kalene Griffith

Griffith has led Visit Bentonville since August 2005. read more >
Alison Nation, vice president of communications and marketing at Visit Bentonville
Media & Marketing / Tourism

Visit Bentonville Hires Alison Nation as VP of Marketing

Nation joins the tourism and promotion bureau from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where he had worked since 2008. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Tourism

Hospitality Tax Collections Jump in 2022

The jump signals a continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that devastated the state’s tourist industry three years ago. read more >
Boating on Lake Hamilton, one of the many natural attractions in and around Hot Springs.
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Tourism

A&P Trends Show Pandemic Pummelling Arkansas Visitors Bureaus

The coronavirus pandemic has battered city convention and visitors bureaus in Arkansas and sapped their sources of revenue: lodging and restaurant taxes. An industry built on bringing people together and attracting tourists is uniquely vulnerable to an infectious disease. read more >
Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
Restaurants & Food / Small Business / Tourism

LRCVB: April Events Canceled; Downtown Hotel Revenue Off 65%

The Little Rock convention industry's coronavirus symptoms boil down to a three-word news flash: All events postponed. read more >
Travis Napper
Government & Politics

Travis Napper Named Director of Arkansas Tourism

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. read more >
Customers of The Station Cafe dine al fresco on Main Street in downtown Bentonville.
Construction / Government & Politics

Northwest Arkansas Eateries Enjoying GrowthLock Icon

Northwest Arkansas’ population is becoming more diverse as it grows, and the area’s restaurant industry is hitching along for the ride. "That is one of the things Arkansas brings to the table: There are unique experiences in every area," said Kalene Griffith, CEO of Visit Bentonville. read more >
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Arkansas Convention Centers Put Tech on Display

Convention center operators in Arkansas say they are constantly making improvements to meet the needs of attendees. read more >
Kalene Griffith 
President and CEO of Visit Bentonville
Media & Marketing / Nonprofits / Tourism

Visit Bentonville’s Kalene Griffith Focuses Tourism Tactics at Leisure

A former member of 40 Under 40, Kalene Griffith has headed Visit Bentonville, formerly the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau, since August 2005. read more >
Government & Politics / Tourism

Visit Bentonville to Host First Arkansas Bike Summit

Visit Bentonville this week announced the first-ever Arkansas Bike Summit that will be held June 21-22 at Record, 104 SW A St. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Judges Named for Tourism Ad Contract Competition

The Office of State Procurement reveals a preliminary list of judges for awarding the state's largest advertising and marketing assignment, the $14.4 million-a-year contract for promoting Arkansas as a tourist destination. read more >
Nonprofits / Tourism

Bentonville Film Festival Returns for Round 2

Geena Davis and the Bentonville Film Festival announced Monday the 2016 schedule of events, featuring approximately 35 films from May 3-8. read more >
The Little Rock Film Festival is one of 30 that takes place in the state.
Media & Marketing / Tourism

Film Festivals Highlight Arkansas Culture, Put Cities in Display

In the last decade, the film industry has garnered increasing interest in Arkansas, as evidenced by the number of film festivals taking place across the state. read more >
Bentonville has found its niche in outdoor sporting events such as cycling championships.

Holding Sporting Events In Arkansas Is a Natural

Arkansas’ centralized location offers robust advantages in recruiting and maintaining relationships with sporting groups. Convention and visitors bureaus from Harrison to Hot Springs are focusing on bringing these events to the Natural State. read more >