Fort Smith welcomes Jim Collins & Gloria Herrington – Selected as the Tourists of the Week!

Congratulations Jim Collins and Gloria Herrington! The lucky couple was selected as the Tourists of the Week at the National Tourism Week celebration at the Arkansas Welcome Center on I-40.


Jim and Gloria (engaged to be married!) frequently make the journey from Laurel, Mississippi to Skiatook, Oklahoma to visit family. They always pass by the Arkansas Welcome Center during their travel to Skiatook and have dropped in few times before.


Today’s impromptu stop at the Arkansas Welcome Center was definitely not the usual experience. The couple was surprised and excited when informed that they had been selected as the Tourist of the Week!


Sandy Sanders, Mayor of Fort Smith, and Van Buren Mayor, Bob Freeman, read an official proclamation announcing this week as Tourism Week. The Fort Smith and Van Buren Advertising & Promotion Commissions hosted the celebration. Jim and Gloria were also presented a special gift basket full of items from the Fort Smith and Van Buren area.


Picture Above: Van Buren Mayor, Bob Freeman, Carolyn Joyce, Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Director of Tour and Travel Sales, Fort Smith Mayor, Sandy Sanders, and Maryl Koeth, Executive Director of the Van Buren Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Jim mentioned that he has heard a lot about Fort Smith history and would like to visit. We hope you do Jim; Fort Smith would love to have you here!


Welcome to Arkansas Jim and Gloria, and thank you for visiting! We hope you love our great state and have many return visits!

By the way…Fort Smith, Arkansas would be an excellent location to get hitched!

Visit http://www.fortsmith.org to plan your next vacation destination.

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