Arkansas Industry Insider Newsletter

Greeting Industry Insiders!

Now that 2014 is well underway, it’s time to push up our sleeves and work harder than ever to make this the best year yet for Arkansas tourism.

Our cities and towns are receiving well-deserved notice. Little Rock has just been named America’s most livable city by MSN (The Microsoft Network) – and one of Forbes Travel Guide’s “Five Secret Foodie Cities.” Fort Smith received another award from True West Magazine, and Eureka Springs has been named home of one of America’s best Main Streets. The accomplishments of these three communities are just a sampling of the many incredible efforts across the state to promote tourism and make Arkansas successful.

Are you looking for ways to make your community more successful? Or do you want to find out how to really make your business shine? Reserve your spot at the 40th Annual Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism. The premier tourism event in the state will be held March 9-11 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. You'll find details here.


Joe David Rice

Little Rock Named “Most Livable City” in America, “Secret Foodie City”

Arkansas’s capital city tops MSN (The Microsoft Network) Real Estate’s list of its “10 Most Livable Cities” in America. Close runners-up included Anchorage, Alaska, Columbia, S. C. and Santa Fe, N. M. Little Rock’s ranking is attributed to its superior location, atmosphere and “community feel.” MSN bases its decision on factors such as population, unemployment rate, cost of living and what locals love.

Meanwhile, Forbes Travel Guide has also recognized Little Rock as one of “Five Secret Foodie Cities” on its popular travel blog. The others featured are Minneapolis, Minn., Columbus, Ohio, Ashville, N.C. and Boulder, Colo. Each was cited as a destination worth a “second look this year” for food lovers.

Fort Smith Receives Award from True West

Fort Smith continues to be recognized by True West Magazine. In 2013 it was named as the #1 Top True Western Town. The publication has also selected it as the number five Top True Western Town for 2014. Recently yet another honor came from True West Magazine’s 2014 issue of Best of the West. The magazine bestowed the “Best Promotion of a Historical Place” award upon the city to recognize the ways in which it used its designation as the 2013 Top True Western Town to promote Fort Smith.

Eureka Springs Home to One of America’s Greatest Main Streets

Travel and Leisure Magazine declares the streets of Eureka Springs worthy of inclusion as one of America’s Greatest Main Streets. The well-known magazine mentions the town for its twists, turns and Victorian charm, as well as its overall listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Two Arkansas Spas Named To Top 100 Spas List

Healthy Living and Travel highlighted two spas in Arkansas that were named by Spas of America to their list of Top 100 Spas of 2013. Turtle Cove Spa at Mountain Harbor Resort near Mount Ida is #12 on the list, while the Arlington Hotel and Resort in Hot Springs comes in at #66. The list includes spas from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

New Signs to Promote Walnut Ridge Tourism

Four new signs will be erected in northeast Arkansas this spring to promote musical tourism in the Walnut Ridge area, where early rock ‘n’ roll musicians such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Arkansas-born Johnny Cash played at clubs and honky-tonks in the 1950s.

The signs, valued at $20,000, are shaped like an amplifier and a guitar to represent the area’s rich musical heritage.

Motorcycle Deals added to “Deals and Coupons” on

Are you offering a package specifically aimed at the motorcycle traveler? Add your special to our Deals and Coupons section of – right alongside all the great offerings for cozy cabins, family getaways and romantic weekends. Just log in here and create a deal. A new checkbox is available; just make sure to click that box.

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