What I got done in 2021! What I hope to do in 2022!

In 2021 I gave Wai-nani a new look and published the third edition of the story that remains my proudest Achievement. Wai-nani casts a hypnotic spell that transports you to ancient Hawai’i.  Available on Amazon and my site www.LindaBallouAuthor.com Embrace of the Wild inspired by the indomitable equestrian explorer, Isabella Bird, was the winner in […]

Chief of Communications hired for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

Arkansas Tourism

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has hired Jeff LeMaster to be its chief of communications. The chief of communications at ADPHT oversees all communications, marketing, public relations and media relations activities at the department. LeMaster will begin in the role on Jan. 3 at a salary of $74,094. “Jeff […]

Kick-off 2022 with a Hike at an Arkansas State Park

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – In all 50 states, hikers in America’s State Parks will kick off the new year with healthy, fun, outdoor experiences as part of the annual First Day Hikes event. This year for First Day Hikes, Arkansas State Parks will offer guided hikes at many locations, as well as encourage self-guided walks […]

A Wild Time on the Central Coast

Winter on the Central Coasts means fewer tourists and plentiful wildlife. Birds and marine mammals gather there in chaotic profusion from December to February. Every year, hundreds of birders flock to the sleepy fishing town of Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast to take part in the Audubon Birding Fest. The Pacific’s saltwater mixed with […]

December 16: A Letter From NATJA’s CEO

Dear NATJA Family: As 2021 comes to an end, I can’t help but feel grateful for all of you. This year has been challenging but we have all stayed connected and supportive of one another. Thank you to our Advisory Board as they continue to set NATJA’s course. Our Advisory Board is led by Co-Chairs Francesca Donlan […]

Kansas Tourism Media & PR December Newsletter

That’s A Wrap As another year comes to a close, I like to sit back (preferably, with a drink in hand) and reflect on what I have learned and the most impactful moments over the last 360-ish days. My key takeaway as a PR professional in a 2-year pandemic is travelers have opened their eyes […]

St. Augustine: The Ideal Place to Celebrate and Learn About American Black History

During Black History month and throughout the year, experience the story from the beginning and through the ages in Historic St. Augustine St. Augustine, FL (December 16, 2021): St. Augustine, Florida is historically known for the Spanish settlers that came here and claimed the continent in the 16th century. America’s black history began here too. […]

This week in North Little Rock (12.13.2021)

This is what is going on in North Little Rock this week! Things to do this week in North Little Rock (as of 12.13.21) *denotes FREE admission Full calendar of events: https://northlittlerock.org/events Holiday Movie Night at the Plaza: “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be in Argenta Plaza at 6 p.m. on December 19. This will […]

Aggressor Adventures and the North American Travel Journalists Association Announce the Travel Journalism Internship Program Recipient

Aggressor Adventures - Travel Journalism Internship Program

Adventure brand provides Deserving Student, Becca Paine with an Opportunity of a Lifetime AUGUSTA, Ga. (Dec. 9, 2021) – Aggressor Adventures® and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced the selected candidate for the Travel Journalism Internship Program. Becca Paine, Agricultural Communications student at Kansas State University, was selected for her thoughtful essay submission […]

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