Twice a year the employees of the Tourism Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism spend a week traveling different regions around the state. The purpose of these familiarization (Fam) tours is to give them first-hand knowledge of attractions and events in order to better promote these to the traveling public.
Recently 20 of these employees spent an entire day in town learning about all that Helena has to offer tourists. The day was packed with visits to the Delta Cultural Center, the Helena Museum, the Phillips County Courthouse, the Edwardian Inn, the Pillow-Thompson House, the KBBF office and the Arkansas Welcome Center. Half the group spent the afternoon on the Mississippi River with John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company. The other half had a guided tour of Civil War sites led by interpreter Will Hardage. The day was planned and coordinated by Dawna Parker, manager of the H-WH Arkansas Welcome Center, and the Helena A&P Commission.

Twice a year the employees of the Tourism Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism spend a week traveling different regions around the state. The purpose of these familiarization (Fam) tours is to give them first-hand knowledge of attractions and events in order to better promote these to the traveling public.

Recently 20 of these employees spent an entire day in town learning about all that Helena has to offer tourists. The day was packed with visits to the Delta Cultural Center, the Helena Museum, the Phillips County Courthouse, the Edwardian Inn, the Pillow-Thompson House, the KBBF office and the Arkansas Welcome Center. Half the group spent the afternoon on the Mississippi River with John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company. The other half had a guided tour of Civil War sites led by interpreter Will Hardage. The day was planned and coordinated by Dawna Parker, manager of the H-WH Arkansas Welcome Center, and the Helena A&P Commission.