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Thanks, Montine (Editorial)

The coming retirement of Montine McNulty, that hardworking, accessible spokeswoman for Arkansas’ lodging, travel and restaurant industries, has us a little verklempt. read more >
Katie Beck, the next CEO of the Arkansas Hospitality Association 
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Katie Beck Named CEO of Arkansas Hospitality Association

She takes over for the retiring Montine McNulty, who has led the industry group for 25 years. read more >
Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association.
Restaurants & Food / Small Business / Tourism

Montine McNulty to Retire as CEO of Arkansas Hospitality Association

Montine McNulty, CEO of the Arkansas Hospitality Association since 1996, will retire effective Dec. 31, she said in a statement released Monday. read more >
The Purple Cow restaurant at 11602 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock
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Diners Finding Their Way Back to Restaurants

There’s good news on the restaurant beat. It’s about time. read more >
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‘New Normal’ in Dining Out: Dining OutsideLock Icon

Montine McNulty thinks COVID-19 will leave permanent marks on the restaurant industry in Arkansas, among them: increased outdoor dining. read more >
Montine McNulty
Government & Politics / Small Business

$28.6B Grant Fund for Restaurants Accepting Applications

Arkansas restaurants that suffered losses during the pandemic can now apply for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. read more >
French Hill
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Retail

French Hill Touts Bill to Help Businesses Qualify for PPP Loans

U.S. Rep. French Hill says he’ll introduce a bill next week to help more businesses qualify for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans. read more >
Travis Hester, owner of several Eat My Catfish restaurants in Arkansas, says an increased federal minimum wage would add hardship at a time when “it’s never been this tough to drive profit to the bottom line.”
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$15 U.S. Wage Plan: How Would Arkansas Fare?Lock Icon

Some in the hospitality industry question the timing of raising the federal minimum to $15, fearing added burdens could halt recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. read more >
Molly Rawn, CEO of Experience Fayetteville, says outdoor activities have been a bright spot in tourism in the wake of the pandemic.
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Arkansas Hospitality Tax Receipts Plunge in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic sent hospitality tax collections in Arkansas plummeting last year, and the blow to some tourism bureaus in the state, which rely on the taxes for revenue, was even worse than those figures show. read more >
Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, and Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs
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State Hospitality Industry Sees Lifeline in Federal Relief Deal

For Arkansas’ hospitality industry, congressional approval of a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package was a long time coming and much appreciated. read more >
Little Rock School Superintendent Mike Poore: “We’ve got to be aggressive, and I hope that the community feels like that’s what’s happening in Little Rock right now.”
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Beyond COVID-19: Industries and Leaders Look to FutureLock Icon

Arkansas Business asked industry leaders to share their expectations for 2021, both before and after the coronavirus vaccine is widely available. Here’s what they said. read more >
Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association.
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Convention Centers Can’t Wait for Legislative SessionLock Icon

Arkansas’ hospitals and other industries have urgent concerns for the Legislature to address in the regular session that will commence on Jan. 11, but a key piece of the hospitality industry has needs that are more urgent. read more >
Montine McNulty
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Arkansas Hotel Industry Seeks Federal Help As Travel Sags

The hotel industry in Arkansas and nationwide is lobbying Congress for relief, as it reports less leisure travel and “nonexistent” business and convention travel amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. read more >
Stuart McLendon, CFO of Dyne Hospitality Group, a major Tropical Smoothie franchisee: “Things are looking pretty good for us on the sales front.”
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Some Restaurants See Sales Going Up

Adapting to takeout mode, quick-serve model shows resilience during pandemic. read more >
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Arkansas Industries Attempt to Divine The Post-Pandemic FutureLock Icon

Some, like the hospitality industry, are bracing for a long, slow return to pre-COVID vitality. Others, like the energy sector, see a quicker recovery after the early swoon. Some trends seem baked into expectations, like reliance on home-based employees and the technology they use. read more >
The empty dining room of Trio's in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Small Business

Staying Alive: Restaurateurs Trim & Retool

The coronavirus pandemic is hitting most business sectors hard, but few have been hit harder than the restaurant industry. A disease best fought by isolating people is antithetical to a business model based on breaking bread together. read more >
Montine McNulty
Retail / Small Business / Tourism

Update: Amid Tourism Crisis and LRCVB Cancellations, Casinos Shut Down

In four days, Arkansas' tourism industry goes from business as usual to dire crisis. read more >
Thomas Thrash of the Thrash Law Firm
Government & Politics / Legal / Tourism

Checking Into Tax Lawsuit, State Says Travel Sites Must Pay Up

The state of Arkansas has joined the long-running lawsuit against online travel companies over the taxes paid on the price of a hotel room. read more >
Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas, argues that increasing the minimum wage too quickly will eventually take a toll of jobs and particularly hurt small businesses.
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The Wages of Raising the Bare MinimumLock Icon

As the minimum wage for Arkansas is raised, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Hospitality Association fear increasing costs. read more >
Customers of The Station Cafe dine al fresco on Main Street in downtown Bentonville.
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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 >