Arkansas State Parks Announce Return to Regular Hours for Park Visitor Centers

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – Due to the health emergency brought on by COVID-19, many facilities at Arkansas State Parks have had reduced hours and limited occupancy for the past year. Beginning Monday, March 1, 2021, park visitor centers and museums will again have regular hours for visitors. Visitor centers will be open 7 days a week […]

2021 March Featured Journalist of the Month: Jon Gorey

Jon Gorey has been a regular freelance contributor to the Boston Globe and Boston Globe Magazine since 2014, writing everything from real estate cover stories to travel features (which, of course, are the most fun!). He’s also written for Apartment Therapy, The Culture Trip, Mommy Poppins, and Boston Magazine, among other outlets. In the past […]

Explore Fairbanks Spotlights New Aurora Tracker Video

Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) –Under the veil of darkness, the aurora borealis, like magic, appears and dances across the sky. This mesmerizing and compelling natural phenomenon lures travelers to the Fairbanks region where the northern lights are commonplace. Because this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon frequents the skies above Fairbanks there is a growing alliance of Aurora Trackers, […]

The COVID “blues:” King Biscuit Blues Festival

In March 2020, life changed in Arkansas. Events were cancelled. Social distancing became the norm. Yet plans for the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival continued, as organizers hoped life would return to normal by October. Historic Helena’s King Biscuit Blues Festival, held annually in October, welcomes thousands of visitors to the banks of the Mississippi […]

Maurice Jones: Town Manager, Chapel Hill

What does it mean to manage a town? Is it even possible? A town would seem, by its very nature, to be unmanageable: too many moving parts, too many moving people. That’s why the job is not for everybody and why, when you get a good one, you can count yourself very lucky indeed. Chapel […]

Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Hospitality goes virtual March 2

Tourism partners from across the state will gather March 2-3 for the 47th Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Hospitality. This year’s conference is virtual and free with the theme “GRIT: Generating Recovery in Tourism.” It builds on last year’s theme, “Tourism Takes Grit,” which was especially true in 2020 and one of the reasons […]

2021 February Featured Destination of the Month: Discover Newport, RI

Newport and The Classic Coast is a feast for the senses; a veritable banquet of salt air, dappled light, ocean breezes, and creaking floorboards. Honestly, just spending some quiet time staring out at our horizon can feel life changing. Of course, if you want to turn up the volume, our coast is here to paddle, […]

NATJA: From A Small Motel Meeting Room To A Nationally Recognized Organization

By Bob Nesoff NATJA Founding President Sometimes it takes a kick in the “You know what” to get things off the dime and moving. That’s how NATJA came into being. For a number of years many legit travel writers complained about some “elite” travel writer’s organization that cherry-picked members who had contacts within the organization. […]

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