Arkansas tourism

El Dorado News-Times - - Opinion -

To the Editor:

On be­half of Arkansas’s $7.6 bil­lion tourism in­dus­try, please al­low me to con­grat­u­late El Do­rado on the spec­tac­u­larly suc­cess­ful grand opening events for the Mur­phy Arts Dis­trict. For some time now, your downtown pro­ject has been the talk of my col­leagues in Arkansas’s hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor. After months and months of plan­ning, or­ga­niz­ing and con­struc­tion, MAD is now a won­der­ful re­al­ity.

One of the state’s big­gest chal­lenges has been devel­op­ment of new at­trac­tions that will both en­tice re­turn trav­el­ers and bring in first-time visitors. Much like a theme park, Arkansas must add these “new rides” ev­ery year. The Mur­phy Arts Dis­trict is ex­actly what the doc­tor or­dered, not just for El Do­rado and Union County but for the en­tire state.

All of us ea­gerly await the next phases of this am­bi­tious undertaking. The for­ward-think­ing civic lead­ers of your fine city have set a mar­velous ex­am­ple for the rest of the state, and I’m hope­ful other Arkansas com­mu­ni­ties will follow your lead.

John David Rice Arkansas Tourism direc­tor

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