MAMMOTH SPRING -- On May 12 National Tourism Day will be celebrated at Mammoth Spring State Park. The event will be sponsored by the park, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Ozark Gateway Region.
Mammoth Spring State Park Information Center Director Adam Davis said the day is set aside to thank those who visit Arkansas.
He said the day's activities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day.
Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace will be at the Tourist Information Center to personally greet visitors. There will be refreshments and helium and animal balloons will be given away during the day.
Davis said there will be live music and homemade ice cream available. He said chairs will be set up so people can enjoy the music and the beauty of the park.
There will be door prizes given away throughout the day and people attending can register for a gift card giveaway.
At 3 p.m. there will be a special press conference featuring Richard Davis, the Director of Arkansas Parks and Tourism. The Ozark Gateway Tourism Council will present a check representing the total income from tourism expenditures in the eight county region. Counties in the region include: Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone in north Arkansas.
"Tourism is a very important industry in our region and state and it is important to realize the impact it has on all of us," said Cathy Drew, executive director of Ozark Gateway Region. She said tourism in the eight county region led to $38,319,790 in travel generated payroll with 1,026,484 people visiting the region in 2007. "So, as you can see, it is important to continue promoting tourism and inviting people to visit Arkansas," Drew said.
Contact Adam Davis at 870-625-7364 for more information.