The 2017 Henry Awards were presented by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism today in Little Rock during the 43rd Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that made important contributions to the state’s tourism industry. Gov. Asa Hutchinson presided at the event.
The Bootstrap Award: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs
Arkansas Heritage Award: Ozark Highlands Radio, Mountain View
The Grand Old Classic Special Event Award: Arkansas Derby, Hot Springs
The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award: Ross Cowling, Texarkana
The Community Tourism Development Award: The Unexpected, Fort Smith
The Natural State Award: West Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
2017 Tourism Person of the Year: Jim Rice: Senior VP/COO Little Rock Convention and Vistors Bureau