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SMMC 2015: Sightseeing Tours to Showcase Little Rock

Delegates to the Small Market Meetings Conference in Little Rock are invited to come to the conference early or stay late to take pre- and post-conference FAM tours of the city and all it has to offer the meeting and convention industry.

In addition to these FAMs, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau will operate scheduled sightseeing tours during a two-hour block Monday afternoon of the conference.

“We are going to offer a variety of activities,” said Alan Sims, a vice president with the CVB. “They can pick what they want to do. All will be strictly geared toward the meeting planners and will make their lives easier.” Sims promises that delegates will not spend the entire time sitting on a motorcoach looking out the window at the sites. Instead, some delegates won’t even board a bus.

Many Little Rock points of interest are located within proximity of the convention center. Fun activities delegates might want to consider include a one- to two-hour guided tour of downtown Little Rock, the River Market area and the Clinton Presidential Center on a Segway, the self-balancing personal transportation device.

Another activity will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the Little Rock Zoo. “You might get to feed an elephant, rhinoceros or penguin, something most people never get to do,” said Sims, who added that the zoo is also a great place for an off-site meeting for any group.

Whatever activities delegates choose to try, they’ll learn a lot about Little Rock’s history, meeting capabilities and entertainment options. The city is eager to roll out the red carpet for the delegates. “Even if you saw Little Rock in 2011, the last time Small Market Meetings Conference met here, you will really be surprised by what it looks like in 2015,” said Sims.

Dan Dickson

Dan has been a communicator all his professional life, first as an award-winning radio and TV news reporter for two decades and then as a communications director for several non-profits for another decade. He has contributed to The Group Travel Leader Inc. publications since 2007.