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2019 Henry Awards presented at Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism

March 1, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email


Arkansas tourism partners from across the state tonight honored the 2019 winners of the annual “Henry Awards” during a ceremony at the 45th Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held February 24-26 in Hot Springs. The Henry Awards honor individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to the state’s tourism industry in the preceding year.

Cynthia Dunlap, interim executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, served as master of ceremonies and Governor Asa Hutchinson and Miss Arkansas Claudia Raffo assisted in the presentation of the awards.

The winners were:

  • Tourism Person of the Year: Gretchen Hall
  • Media Support Award: Gary Jones Video
  • Bootstrap Award: Melba Theater, Batesville
  • Arkansas Heritage Award: George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville
  • Grand Old Classic Special Event Award: Old Soldiers Reunion, Mammoth Spring
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award: Central Arkansas Trail Alliance
  • Community Tourism Development Award: Helena Advertising & Promotion Commission
  • The Natural State Award: Fort Smith Bicentennial Celebration
  • Crystal Award: Geneva Lamm and Gina Marchese Pharis

The Henry Awards have been a feature of the annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism since their debut in 1981. The awards are named for Henri de Tonti, founder of Arkansas Post in 1686, and who is often hailed as the first “Arkansas Traveler.”



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