Arkansas Tourism Announces New Arkansas
Blog Hub and iPhone Application
Tweet. Friend. Follow. Blog. Interact. The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has two
new ways for you to connect and experience The Natural State. Arkansas Tourism announces the
launch of VisitmyArkansas.com, a new social networking Arkansas blog hub. Arkansas Tourism
also plans to launch a new iPhone application featuring ArkansasHotDeals.com packages and
coupons in March 2010.
VisitmyArkansas.com consists of five interactive Arkansas blog pages written and maintained by
the four department travel writers -- Kerry Kraus, Jill Rohrbach, Zoie Clift, and Kim Williams --
along with Communications Section Manager Dena Woerner. Through this platform, the public
can access Arkansas Tourism's other social networking sites, including Whrrl, Twitter and
Facebook. Each Arkansas blog allows the public to submit questions via the "Ask the Insiders"
"The idea behind VisitmyArkansas.com is to bring people to our blogs before they enter our
social networking pages," says Woerner. Arkansas blog topics include travel, food & wine,
music, arts, culture, health, and fitness.
The iPhone application will feature downloadable coupons, special deals and packages with a
searchable "near me" function, providing visitors with information on dining, lodging, and
attractions in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism leapt into the social networking scene in
January 2009. At that time, Arkansas only had a MySpace page. The team now maintains and
interacts daily with the public through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and Whrrl. In
December 2009, Arkansas became the first state tourism office in the U.S. to have a branded
Whrrl page. Fans post stories and photos of attractions, parks, and events throughout the state
using these online venues.
Arkansas.com remains one of the top tourism Web sites in the country according to "Hitwise"
data. It continues to rank number one among Arkansas's competitive set, whic