Greetings Industry Insiders!
Spring has sprung, and Arkansas is covered with budding flowers, green grass and singing birds. The Arkansas landscape is also blossoming with new growth, from a new Community Center in the works in Batesville to the Creative Corridor on Little Rock’s Main Street.
Read the latest industry news to learn about what spring has in store for Arkansans and what visitors and locals can expect from the turn of the season.
Joe David Rice
Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism Survey
Help us to bring success to future tourism industry functions! If you attended the 2014 Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Rogers March 9-11, please take a moment to complete our survey, available until Wednesday, April 2. Need a refresher course on the featured speakers and sessions? Visit our Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism Facebook page to review highlights reported during the event.
Do You Ride Arkansas?
The hot-off-the-presses Arkansas Motorcycle Guide features routes and attractions for the growing number of motorcyclists choosing to ride Arkansas. Call 1-800-NATURAL to receive your own copy. Can’t wait to get out and ride? Check out our video featuring footage from around the state and interviews with industry partners.
Farmers Markets Spread to Arkansas’s Urban Areas
Local vendors selling Arkansas-made goods and produce have expanded to cover more areas of the state, from North Little Rock’s Argenta Farmers Market to Bentonville’s farmers market.
The produce around the state has also expanded from peaches and tomatoes to meat products, including chicken, pork, lamb and turkey. In Fayetteville, the market will have musicians, street performers and face painters in addition to its 100 vendors.
Nicki Dallison, Farmers Market and Community Programs Manager at Downtown Bentonville Inc., attributes the market’s growth to Arkansas tourism, claiming tourists want Arkansas goods made by Arkansans. To read more, click here.
Batesville to Build $22 Million Community Center
Batesville is scheduled to build a community center to serve as a venue for sporting events and conventions.
The community center will feature three basketball courts, fitness and meeting rooms, indoor swimming pools, a walking and running track, a catering kitchen and an outdoor center which will include a “lazy river.”
City voters approved a one percent sales tax to fund the center and its maintenance. The center is scheduled to open in July 2015. Click here to read more.
Little Rock Main Street’s Creative Corridor is Well Underway
Little Rock’s Main Street is currently undergoing a facelift. The four blocks between Third and Seventh streets are being designated as the “creative corridor” where art, tech and cultural businesses, vendors and housing developments plan to relocate and participate in the multi-million dollar renovation project.
Among the additions to the creative corridor are K Lofts, a new hotel and Little Rock’s Tech Park.
Planners project that the work-live environment will attract start-ups, young people, visitors and an enhanced quality of life for the residents. Click here to read more.
Analysis Reveals Arkansans as Second-Highest Tippers
Our famous Southern hospitality has been proven! An analysis by payment service Square has discovered that Arkansans, when leaving a tip, give an average of 16.9 percent. This is 0.8 percent higher than the nation’s average of 16.1 percent and only 0.1 percent lower than Alaska’s average, the state claiming the number one spot. While the data for the study was comprised solely of credit card transactions which often tempt customers to tip more, the average tip is increasing gradually from 15 percent to 20 percent throughout the nation.