MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring State Park had special visitors Sept. 25.
Park Superintendent Dave Jackson said a tour bus filled with state park welcome center managers and travel consultants arrived at the park at 9 a.m. Jackson and Welcome Center Manager Adam Davis gave the visitors a tour of the park.
"Our guests were from 14 different welcome centers across the state," Jackson said. He said only state parks bordering other states have welcoming centers.
The visitors were greeted by Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace and other members of the chamber of commerce.
Jackson said after touring the welcome center, Davis and the visitors rode over to the Depot Museum. There, Carolyn Sigler gave them a tour of that depot.
He said while on the bus he pointed out some points of interest at the park including the spring, playground and some recent improvements that have been made at the park.
From there the group traveled over to the Mammoth Spring Fish Hatchery and Dewayne French gave the visitors a short program on what goes on at the hatchery.
Jackson said a few members of the group had been to the park before and mentioned some of the additions to the park, such as the plasma television located behind the information desk.
The television shows constant programs pertaining to tourism in Arkansas.
The park superintendent said the welcome center managers and travel consultants tour two tourist regions a year. "This year they toured The Ozark Gateway Region and the Ozark Mountain Region. We are in the Ozark Gateway Region," he said.
The park superintendent said the Arkansas Tourism Department hosts the tours in an effort to train their employees to better assist visitors at other state parks.
The tour started Sept. 25 in Batesville and ended Sept. 26 in Mountain View, Ark.