LRCVB Hosts Downtown Little Rock Walking and Streetcar Tours This Fall

Posted on October 13, 2016 in News

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The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB), along with multiple local partners, will again offer free Downtown Little Rock Navigators Tours Saturdays this fall. Tours will be begin Saturday, Oct. 15, and continue through Saturday, Nov. 19. All tours will start at 10 AM and 4 PM (Exception: Saturday, Oct. 22 will only have a 4 PM tour due to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure).

Developed and launched October 2015, the tour serves as a Little Rock tourism amenity for visitors and residents. Combining walking and streetcar components, tour guides begin tours in Riverfront Park at La Petite Roche Plaza, the actual “Little Rock” and the city’s namesake. Tour-goers stroll through the park and the River Market District, learning of the many things to see and do in the downtown area. Streetcar routes run through the District, as well, and operators point out additional amenities.

Originally led by LRCVB staff, Downtown Little Rock Partnership (DLRP) “Navigator” volunteers and Rock Region METRO streetcar operators, the initiative has grown to also include Clinton Presidential Center volunteers, and LRCVB interns in partnership with The Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (PTC-CAHMI).

“This is a perfect opportunity to showcase many great things Little Rock has to offer,” said Gretchen Hall, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO. “We’ve experienced tremendous growth in the last decade with new hotels, restaurants, and attractions,” she added. “This tour is a great way to introduce visitors, and in many ways re-introduce our local residents, to all our city has to offer. Combining efforts with our local partners is an added bonus, as we are all ambassadors for our community.”

Part of Little Rock’s downtown revitalization is due to the Clinton Presidential Center’s 2004 opening. Since then, more than 4 million people from around the world have visited the Clinton Center. And since its opening, the Clinton Center has helped to catalyze more than $3.3 billion in economic impact.

Little Rock continues to garner national and international acclaim for its many attributes. The world’s largest hotel search site, Trivago.com, named Little Rock #8 in its “Top 10 2016 Top US Best Value Cities.” In 2015, Little Rock was named #6 of Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live in the U.S.” In 2014, Forbes Travel Guide listed Little Rock as one of its “Top Five Secret Foodie Cities in the U.S.”