Tourism roundtable: Arts, history will drive state’s visitor industry

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Arkansas has long touted its “Natural State” motto to draw visitors to the state. In recent years, tourism tax collections have set new records. In 2017, the 2% tax on lodging and attractions collected $15.89 million, a 2.8% increase from the previous year’s amount of $15.46 million.

Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and Mark Christ, community outreach director who oversees the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program at the Department of Arkansas Heritage, sat down with Talk Business & Politics CEO Roby Brock to discuss the past, present and future of Arkansas tourism and heritage. What follows is a partial transcript of their discussion, edited lightly for clarity.

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