Greetings Industry Insiders!
Batter up! There’s a new baseball field in the works and spring is in full swing in Arkansas. Visitors will be touring our state to enjoy the beautiful weather, sports facilities and so much more. Let’s work together to make this season a home run!
Read the latest industry news below to learn more.
Joe David Rice
National Travel and Tourism Week Approaching
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is a great way to network with local leaders, media, hoteliers and restaurateurs to celebrate the economic impact of our $5.9 billion industry. The event is May 3-11.
Let us know your plans by April 21, and we will help you publicize them. Send your event information to Jessica Ledbetter at Jessica.Ledbetter@Arkansas.gov by April 21 to be included in our new release.
If you're looking for ways your community or business can celebrate NTTW, visit us online here.
Aloft Hotel Claiming Boyle Building in Little Rock
The Boyle Building at 501 Main St. in Little Rock will be renovated and developed into an Aloft Hotel, marking another improvement to the Southside Main district. The hotel will include a restaurant, coffee shop, meeting space, a rooftop pool and lounge, and 140 guest rooms. The renovation project is scheduled to be complete in 2016. Read more about this new property here.
Arkadelphia Youth Complex to Build Baseball Field
Plans are underway to add the remaining three fields to the four-quad baseball field in Arkadelphia’s Youth Sports Complex. Two of the fields will be used for girls’ softball, and the third will be for baseball.
The project, which will be out to bid in May, will take between 90 and 120 days to complete.
There is $1.5 million available in the budget, and leftover money will be used for parks and recreational improvements in the city.
Read more here.
Literary Festival Brings Writers to Central Arkansas
Arkansas Literary Festival’s celebration of writers and literary critics celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. From April 24-27, attendees will enjoy more than 80 presenters with accolades including ten Emmy awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Award and many more.
Events will be held in The Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library campus and surrounding Little Rock venues. Guests are invited to attend sessions, panels, workshops, presentation and book signings. Children’s events range from a storytime on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion to a Lego exhibit.
Most events are free and open to the public.
For information on special events and a comprehensive event calendar, visit www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/about/index.html.
Huffington Post names Garvan Woodland Gardens as Must-See Attraction
The Huffington Post asked editors and friends from all 50 states to name the one activity to do in their home state for the ultimate American experience. For The Natural State, visiting Anthony Chapel in Garvan Woodland Gardens made the list. The unique architecture and the natural setting set Arkansas’s entry apart from the rest. Read more and view the entire list here. Congratulations Garvan Woodland Gardens!
Bentonville Named Best Walking City by Condé Nast Traveler
Conde Nast Traveler picked their favorite cities to explore on foot in honor of National Walking Day, and Bentonville made the cut! In a list of seven cities, including New York City and Palm Beach, Florida, Bentonville’s walkability is paired with the charm of The Square and the attraction of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Laughlin House Bed & Breakfast. Read more here.