Blytheville travel center second busiest in the state

Blytheville travel center second busiest in the state

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville Welcome Center takes the cake for the second busiest travel center in the state.

They have over 100,000 visitors every year and about 10 thousand visitors came in last month.

Carol Gozell is the manager of the Blytheville travel center and said the visitors come from across the country, some even coming from overseas.

However, the majority of visitors come from Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Illinois.

"A lot of the people that come through here are going towards Florida, Texas, and they come through our state," Gozell said.

They're reasons for stopping at the welcome center vary from drivers just passing through, on business trips or families on vacation.

Gozell said they get a variety of questions about the state such as questions about lodging, directions and attractions.

One of those attractions is right here in Region 8.

Gozell said questions about Johnny Cash's home are some of the most frequent ones.

"The Johnny Cash home that's been renovated has just opened this past year, we get a lot of people inquiring about that," she said.

Gozell said attractions and other sights in the state provide a big boost.

"People don't realize tourism is the number 2 industry in Arkansas," Gozell said.

She said that tourism boom also helps the economy Blytheville.

"Of course they're going to spend dollars, they spend the night, they stop and eat, they visit attractions," Gozell said.

Gozell said she sees these visits leaving a lasting impact on the Blytheville area.

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