32nd Annual Governor's Conference on Tourism Coming to Jonesboro

March 5, 2006 -- Posted at 6:30 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- The 32nd Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism is coming to Jonesboro on Sunday, March 5th.


The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce placed a bid to host the conference two years ago.


Cari White, Executive Vice President of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, said that having this conference in Region 8 will be very beneficial to the community.


“The economic impact of this conference to our economy will be about $450,000,” said White.


The three day conference will bring about 600 visitors, or tourists, to Jonesboro.


Arkansas is known as “the natural state”, so it’s no secret that tourism is very important to the states’ economy.


 “Tourism is a $4.5 billion industry in Arkansas,” said White.


By showcasing what Northeast Arkansas has to offer, we hope to bring more of those dollars to our area.


“We want to expose Northeast Arkansas as a great place to have meetings, a great place to have conventions, and a great place to just come and see the sights,” said White.


And there are plenty of sights to see.


“The Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center is one of the newest attractions, and it’s just beautiful.  It’s one of only four in the state, so that’s a definite plus for our area,” said White.


Jodi Morris, Director of the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, said that in the short time the nature center has been open, visitors have flocked in to see what it has to offer.


“In our first year, we had about 65,000 visitors, and we expect about that many this year,” said Morris.


The Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held at the Holiday Inn in Jonesboro and at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.


The Convocation Center serves as a great venue for many events throughout the year that brings visitors to the area.  While those events do bring in a lot of revenue, there are other attractions that really pack in the people.


“The Mall at Turtle Creek will be a great attraction for us.  The number one pastime of visitors is shopping,” said White.


The Governor's Conference on Tourism begins on Sunday, March 5 and ends on Tuesday, March 7th.


For more information on events happening in Jonesboro, visit the website for the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.


For more information on events happing in Arkansas, visit the website for the state.