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I-30 Expansion Project Eyes December Finish After Delays, Complaints From BusinessesLock Icon

Work on the project in Saline County has picked up significantly since ARDOT said it was considering holding contractor Johnson Bros. in default of contract. read more >
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Broyles Award Ceremony to Move to Oaklawn

Leaders of the Broyles Foundation say they will move its annual Frank Broyles Award ceremony to Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs starting w read more >
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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 >

Hot Springs to Unveil Bronze Babe Ruth Statue

The sculpture will depict Ruth in his New York Yankees uniform just after he has swung the bat, watching as a home run sails over the outfield. read more >
The Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, the Arlington Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs and the Marriott in Little Rock
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A&P Taxes Indicate Rebound Strong, Not Complete

The tourism and hospitality industries rebounded strongly in 2021, but local tax collections indicate that a few cities haven’t seen visitors return to pre-pandemic levels. read more >
Clockwise from top left: Steve Arrison of Visit Hot Springs, Gretchen Hall of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Karen Trevino of the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and Molly Rawn of Experience Fayetteville.
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Arkansas Tourism Tax Numbers Soar, With Caveats

In cities that collect advertising and promotion taxes for tourism on hotel and restaurant receipts, the numbers talk. read more >
Oaklawn serves up some of the biggest purses in the business, including a hefty $8.25 million stakes schedule.

Oaklawn Wants to Hold Races in December

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort of Hot Springs wants to add December live racing dates to its calendar and host a 66-day season, from Dec. 3, 2021-May 8, 2022. read more >
Southern Airways Express flies to El Dorado, Hot Springs and Harrison.
Tourism / Transportation

Southern Airways Announces New Intra-Arkansas, Hot Springs-Memphis Flights

Southern Airways Express adds Friday and Sunday flights connecting the El Dorado, Harrison, and Hot Springs airports to each other and will add Memphis-Hot Springs flights in June. 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 >
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 >
The Majestic Park Baseball Complex will feature five fields built on the site of the first Major League Spring Training Grounds in Hot Springs.

Oaklawn Progress Tops Wealth of Projects Boosting Tourism

Hot Springs continues to move forward with important tourism-related projects and activities despite the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. read more >
Boating on Lake Hamilton, one of the many natural attractions in and around Hot Springs.
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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 >
The new hotel will feature 200 rooms, views of the racetrack and nearby lakes, a luxury spa, a new restaurant, and an adjacent 14,000 square-foot multi-purpose events center for concerts, meetings, weddings and more.
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Hot Springs Tourism: Nearly 8M Visitors in 2018 Spent Record $677M

Travelers have increased their spending in Hot Springs, the state's tourism mecca, by nearly 30% since 2013, according to data presented Monday to the area's tourism industry. read more >
Government & Politics

Despite Flooding, Arkansas Tourism Says It’s Open for Business

Many of Arkansas' recreational sites are drowning — not in historic flooding, but in phone calls about flooding, say state tourism representatives who are working overtime to combat the perception that high water has the state closed to business. read more >

Phase One of Hot Springs’ New Biking Trail System Is Complete

Phase One of Hot Springs' new Northwoods Trail System is complete, giving the city 15.7 miles of "world-class" mountain-bike riding. read more >
Thomas Thrash of the Thrash Law Firm
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A&P Commissions Watching Tax Case on Online Booking

Websites collect tax on rooms based on customer’s price, not the price paid to hotels. read more >
The historic Arlington Hotel in downtown Hot Springs announced a $50 million renovation plan last year, before Arkansas voters approved casino gambling, which is coming to Hot Springs’ Oaklawn Racing & Gaming.
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As Casinos Come to Arkansas, All Ships Look for LiftLock Icon

Jim Shamburger owns the Best Western Winner Circle Inn just across the street from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. When Oaklawn announced in mid-November its plans for a $100 million expansion on site to include a 200-room hotel, an 28,000-SF casino and a 14,000-SF events center, Shamburger couldn’t have been happier. read more >
Festivities tied to the Forrest Wood Cup took place at the Hot Springs Convention Center and Bank OZK Arena.

Hot Springs Fishing Event Makes an Economic Splash

This year's national bass fishing tournament in Hot Springs was quite a tourism lure, according to a leading sports tourism magazine, and it turns out to be one that didn't get away. read more >
Traci Berry
Construction / Health Care

Visit Hot Springs Names Trail Coordinator for New Mountain Biking System

Traci Berry, race director of the Raid the Rock Adventure Race in central Arkansas, has been named trail coordinator for the new Northwoods mountain biking trails system in Hot Springs. read more >