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Arkansas Parks & Tourism Department Director Kane Webb (inset) says he’s heard no industry complaints about the revamped Arkansas.com website since it was launched last month.
Business Services / Government & Politics / Tourism

Arkansas Tourism Website Reborn, With AdvertisingLock Icon

For all its images of scenic rivers, brooks and waterfalls, the most striking new feature on the state’s overhauled tourism website may be a revenue stream. read more >
Shelby Woods, seen here on Pinnacle Mountain, has marketed Arkansas tourism for a half-century. One key has been the “Natural State” slogan he wears on his shirt.
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Restaurants & Food / Small Business / Tourism

Parks, Streams & Woods: 50 Years of Arkansas Tourism and the Ad Man Who Saw It AllLock Icon

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. read more >
French Hill
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business / Tourism

Another Misguided Rule From the Department of Labor (U.S. Rep. French Hill Commentary)

U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., says businesses in Arkansas and across the country are set to be hit with an aggressive 113 percent increase in the salary threshold for overtime pay read more >
Big Creek Golf & Country Club in Mountain Home.
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits / Tourism

Lean Times Leveling Off, But State’s Golf Industry Still Scrambling

More than 10 years after the formation of the Natural State Golf Trail, the sport is struggling to regain its popularity, especially with a younger generation that seems more interested in smartphones than sand wedges. read more >
Energy / Retail / Small Business / Tourism / Transportation

Low Gasoline Prices A Relief for Arkansas Consumers, Industry

Analysts say gasoline prices are likely to stay at six-year lows through the end of the year, a boost for Arkansans’ pocketbooks and the bottom line of the state’s trucking and tourism industries. read more >
A screenshot of Arkansas.com's Weddings section. The Department of Parks & Tourism will soon publish a new guide called My Arkansas Wedding
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Parks & Tourism Debuts Wedding Publication

The arrival in the market of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism’s new publication, My Arkansas Wedding, came as a surprise to the for-profit publishers of magazines. read more >
An old Singer sewing machine and an AM radio sit in the living room at House #266.
Education / Tourism

Historic Dyess Colony Project Expects to Bring Tourists, Revenue

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. read more >
Work on Queen Wilhelmina Lodge atop Rich Mountain isn’t where it should be, according to state officials.
Construction / Government & Politics / Legal / Tourism

Delay in Queen Wilhelmina Lodge Renovation Irks Parks & Tourism

Wade Abernathy Inc. of Mount Ida (Montgomery County) was put on notice in March by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. The agency’s unhappiness with the general contractor’s work and progress on the state park project hasn’t improved. read more >
The design of the planned U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith is intended to evoke the image of a marshal’s badge stuck in the ground, inspired by the ending of “High Noon.”
Tourism

Walton Family Gives $2 Million to Marshal Museum in Fort Smith

The U.S. Marshals Museum said Monday it had received a $2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation as it works to promote the $50 million facility as a national attraction rather than a regional one. read more >
Media & Marketing / Tourism

Arkansas Parks & Tourism Gives Out Annual Henry Awards

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism honors state tourism professionals and supporters at its annual Henry Awards Banquet, part of the annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which took place this week in Hot Springs. read more >