Economic Update Breakfast to feature state tourism commissioner

Tue Jan 8, 2019 at 09:03 AM

Kalene GriffithCommissioner of the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission Kalene Griffith will be the speaker Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in the Economic Update Breakfast Series at North Arkansas College.  The event, sponsored by The Pointe Financial Group and Porterfield & Company CPA, PLLC, will be held in the L.E. “Gene” Durand Center at Northark’s Center Campus in Harrison.

Breakfast will be served starting at 7 a.m. in the Durand Center.  The program starts at 7:30.  Tickets are available at $12 each and can be purchased online at or by contacting Rodney Arnold at (870) 391-3229.

Kalene Griffith is also the President/CEO of the Bentonville Convention and Visitors Bureau.  She has served in this leadership role since 2005.  The major accomplishments she is most proud of for the City of Bentonville are the redevelopment of the CVB, the Bentonville Ice Rink/Splash Park, the City Wayfinding Program and collaboration with the AACVB to implement the Arkansas Sports partnership with the State of Arkansas. In 2015, Griffith was been appointed by the Governor Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Commission. She is a board member of the Arkansas Hospitality Association Travel Council, Arkansas Association of Convention Visitors Bureau, Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Bentonville, Inc., Bentonville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Bentonville Arts Advisory Board, Amazeum Children’s Museum and Bentonville History Museum. 

Most recently, Visit Bentonville has focused upon catching the attention of aviators by expanding the Bentonville airport. Bentonville has already positioned itself as a destination for arts, cycling, culinary, music and film.

Griffith’s presentation will focus on the overall economic impact tourism and the state parks play across the state, Northwest Arkansas, and our local area.  The Buffalo National River is a major draw for people across the state and nation and she will highlight the impact the Buffalo National River has on the state’s tourism industry.

The Economic Update Breakfast Series Committee is pleased to offer this unique presentation into the economic contributions tourism brings to Arkansas and the local area.  Area business leaders of hotels, motels, restaurants, retail shops, environmental organizations, cabin rentals, river outfitters, Chambers of Commerce, governmental agencies and real estate professionals are encouraged to attend.

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