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Batesville wins state tourism award


Batesville was among the award recipients at the 2018 Arkansas Henry Awards held last night at Southland Park in West Memphis, Ark. The awards were given by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

The Community Tourism Development award is presented annually to a community or organization that has achieved substantial success in the enhancement of its local resources through imaginative and innovative development efforts.

Batesville received the award and the program stated “Tourism is a renewed focus in Batesville. In an effort to maximize the area’s potential, Batesville hired a new tourism director, renovated the Melba Theater (one of Arkansas’s first cinemascope theaters), and opened a new community center/aquatics park. These efforts will not only bring additional visitors to the historic community but will also provide a boost to the local economy.” Other nominees in the category were the City of Augusta and the Fayetteville Roots Festival. 

Other category award winners were:

IMG_8628Media Support (The Media Support Award is presented annually to a distinguished individual or organization for extraordinary attention to and/or support of Arkansas’s tourism industry through the use of media.) – AY Magazine


IMG_9950Bootstrap (The Bootstrap Award is presented annually to an individual, organization, or community that has achieved signifiant success “on a shoestring,” having limited resources or finances to work with.) – Visit Hot Springs and 61 Celsius



Arkansas Heritage (The Arkansas Heritage Award is presented annually to an individual, organization, or community that has made a significant contribution toward the preservation of some aspect of Arkansas’s natural, cultural, or aesthetic legacy.) – Wilson

IMG_0435Grand Old Classic Special Event (The Grand Old Classic Special Event Award is presented annually to a festival, fair, or other special celebration that has stood the test of time and become an established example to follow.) – Warfield Concerts


IMG_0434Outstanding Volunteer Service (The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award is presented annually to a community, individual, or organization that has made a substantial contribution to Arkansas’s tourism industry through outstanding volunteer spirit.) – Keep Arkansas Beautiful


IMG_0436The Natural State (The Natural State Award is presented annually to a community organization, special event, or attraction that stand out in the crowd because of its unique appeal, media coverage, creative approach, and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefitting Arkansas’s quality of life.) – Murphy Arts District (MAD)

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