Monthly Archives: August 2012

COVER Activation for Potential Isaac Evacuees

COVER Activation for Potential Isaac Evacuees


The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has activated the COVER program, due to potential evacuation of the Gulf Coast by Tropical Storm Isaac. COVER —  Communication of Vacancies Emergency Response Plan – was created in response to the influx of evacuees into Arkansas following Hurricane Katrina. During that catastrophe, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 1.1 million people over the age of 16 were forced to evacuate their homes. Many of those who fled Louisiana and Mississippi came into Arkansas – and drove past available accommodations while searching out a place to stay. The result? Properties on major thoroughfares were packed while lodging operators located on secondary roads still had ample availability.


COVER was developed with these travelers in mind. In the case of a mass evacuation in any surrounding state, COVER is activated. Lodging managers are able to enter the rooms they have available into the website, and travelers can log on and find those rooms within a 160 mile radius of their location. These emergency visitors to Arkansas may also enter their email address or cell phone number and receive messages along their route with lodging updates.


Lodging industry members have already been contacted and advised to enter into COVER available vacancies at their properties. These numbers will be updated as rooms are taken.


To utilize COVER, go to . Vacancies are organized by their distance to each entrance point into the state.   For more information, check out the  site.  You can also sign up for COVER updates on Twitter @ArkCover or follow the hashtag #ArkCover.


Operation Renewal 3rd Annual Armed Forces Benefit Motorcycle Ride

Join Operation Renewal as they cruise scenic NWA and Oklahoma to benefit to help and to honor our Military Families in our region by providing programs that strengthen and keep  families together, helping to reduce the record number of divorces and the high risk of psychological challenges to children, as well as helping to reduce the growing numbers of homeless Veterans! Starting and ending at the VFW in Siloam Springs on October 6, at 9:15AM.  Visit for more details on the benefit ride and on the organization.

The Map Guide is Here! The Map Guide is here!

Well, you can’t explore without a map.  That was the idea behind the all-new Explore Northwest Arkansas Map Guide.  This new useful, colorful, and easy-to-carry fold out map contains a bounty of information for travelers, tourists, and even locals.

The Map contains , sectioned by city areas, attractions, sites, parks, places of interest, tourism office information for all of the region’s major cities, Arkansas Welcome Center information, Arkansas State Parks and Tourism contact info, and the all important travel time chart when exploring the region.  Plus, you can stick it into your pocket as you stroll the many downtown areas.

The Map not only lists attractions but, most importantly, shows all of those attractions, sites, and cities all on one regional (four counties) map to demonstrate we have a lot going on in our region and how close our sites and cites really are.

You can find our map at all tourism offices, visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and at many of the featured attractions listed on this site.  Also, if you can find one or you are out of the area, click the “Request information” tab, fill out the form and submit, and you will receive one in the mail.