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Tourism has been doing well here in northwest Arkansas and I'm pretty usre it's also doing very well in Little Rock. Tourism has always been an important part of the economy in Arkansas. One problem with that is that with Arkansas being 'the Natural State' is that most of the tourists don't spend quite as much money as other areas. Camping and hiking don't always require the tourist to spend as much money in other tourist areas, especially urban areas. Which is another reason why I think the increases in tourism is northwest and central Arkansas help address. Little Rock has certainly been helped with the Clinton Library. Northwest Arkansas seems to be benefiting from conventions and festivals. The Bikes Blues and BBQ festival here in Fayetteville only started about 5 years ago and it's already drawing 100,000 people. Anyone else have anything to say about tourism in their areas or just tourism in general?

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Tourism has been doing well here in northwest Arkansas and I'm pretty usre it's also doing very well in Little Rock.  Tourism has always been an important part of the economy in Arkansas.  One problem with that is that with Arkansas being 'the Natural State' is that most of the tourists don't spend quite as much money as other areas.  Camping and hiking don't always require the tourist to spend as much money in other tourist areas, especially urban areas.  Which is another reason why I think the increases in tourism is northwest and central Arkansas help address.  Little Rock has certainly been helped with the Clinton Library.  Northwest Arkansas seems to be benefiting from conventions and festivals.  The Bikes Blues and BBQ festival here in Fayetteville only started about 5 years ago and it's already drawing 100,000 people.  Anyone else have anything to say about tourism in their areas or just tourism in general?

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Hot Springs has always dominated the tourist industry in Arkansas and really still does. Down here in Dallas most people I've talked to have visited, it has a great reputation. The C&VB there is VERY proactive, aggressive with updating the convention center and building a new arena.

Eureka is a mini-Hot Springs, though in many ways a better and more unique place. Like NWA it brings in a lot of festivals and gets most of its business at certain times. The bulk of NWA tourism, though, seems to be for UA sports. or for War Eagle.

Little Rock has the Clinton Library and that's helped. Most of the tourism, though, is of the local "get away for a weekend" variety. There is a definite downtown hotel and restaurant boom.

Ft Smith is the city that needs to sell itself better. They have a lot to offer and most people have never considered visiting for a weekend.

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Well we have been getting Ad's on TV in the New Orleans area advertising Arkansas as a great place to come visit. Most of the commercials seem to focus mostly on the Little Rock and Hot Springs area's though. The commercials are in good time slots and seem well put together, so it seems Arkansas is trying to get more people from around the south to come visit.

BTW, do yall get commercials for Louisiana and New Orleans tourism? Louisiana spent alot of money on those tourism commercials, which I saw when I was in Houston, and I was just wondering what parts of Arkansas they were shown in.

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Well we have been getting Ad's on TV in the New Orleans area advertising Arkansas as a great place to come visit. Most of the commercials seem to focus mostly on the Little Rock and Hot Springs area's though. The commercials are in good time slots and seem well put together, so it seems Arkansas is trying to get more people from around the south to come visit.

BTW, do yall get commercials for Louisiana and New Orleans tourism? Louisiana spent alot of money on those tourism commercials, which I saw when I was in Houston, and I was just wondering what parts of Arkansas they were shown in.

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That's cool; I wasn't aware that we were running commercials in New Orleans.

Regarding Lousiana commercials, we have been getting one recently advertising for some Southern Living design house in, or near, Ruston. I'm sure we've gotten others as well, but I don't recall any specific ones. We also see advertising for Mississippi fairly often here. It's for casinos a lot, but not always.

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That's cool; I wasn't aware that we were running commercials in New Orleans.

Regarding Lousiana commercials, we have been getting one recently advertising for some Southern Living design house in, or near, Ruston. I'm sure we've gotten others as well, but I don't recall any specific ones. We also see advertising for Mississippi fairly often here. It's for casinos a lot, but not always.

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Thanks Arkansawyer, I just needed to know what kind of LA ad's yall got up there.

The Arkansas ad's have been running here for a while now, I would say around a year.

They just change through the weeks.

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Arkansas has always advertised heavily in Memphis. Hot Springs, Oaklawn, Greers Ferry, Heber Springs, Eureka Springs are all big draws for Memphis.

Many Memphians have vacation homes on those lakes.

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Arkansas has always advertised heavily in Memphis.  Hot Springs, Oaklawn, Greers Ferry, Heber Springs, Eureka Springs are all big draws for Memphis.

Many Memphians have vacation homes on those lakes.

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Likewise, perhaps even moreso, in Dallas-Ft Worth.

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I do know Arkansas advertises pretty heavily. But I can't say just how far out they do it. Certainly all the neighboring states. I get the impression they also go after parts of the mid-west. Lots of people like to get away from the flat plains to the Ozarks. No idea how far they advertise into the rest of the south though.

NCB, yes I see Lousiana and New Orleans commercials up here in northwest Arkansas also. I believe New Orleans gets promoted pretty heavily and muchy closer to a national level than many other places.

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Well I guess the Arkansas ad's are working. I dont think they would have them running in so many states if they weren't working.

They have a new one running in New Orleans now advertising the hunting/fishing aspect of Arkansas and another one advertising the Little Rock area.

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I have seen advertisement for Arkansas as far away as Atlanta. It's not heavily advertised but I have seen them. The commercials here were not about Little Rock, if I'm not mistaken, it was about Hot Springs or the northwestern part of Arkansas. I have seen it a couple of times.....the reason why I remember it is because it focuses on nature and the natural beauty of Arkansas.

Which is quite beautiful I might add.

Also NCB, New Orleans is heavily advertised here in Atlanta. Moreso than any city in the nation.

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