Training Session to Show Businesses How to Attract Biking Visitors Who Will Come When World-class Trails System Opens
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — A free informational training session on Tuesday, August 28, will show Hot Springs business owners/operators how to capitalize on the new mountain biking visitors who will come to town with the opening on November 16 of Phase One of the exciting new Northwoods/Cedar Glades trail system in the northern part of the city.
“This free session will help those Hot Springs businesses — from shops to hotels and restaurants — learn how to attract new mountain bike visitors who will come to enjoy the trails,” said Bill Solleder, marketing director of Visit Hot Springs.
“Visit Hot Springs is bringing in Active Strategies, which specializes in mountain bike tourism development, to help hotels, restaurants and businesses learn tried and true trade tips on how to attract tourists who seek out new and exciting places to ride their mountain bikes,” he said. “This hour-long session will focus on understanding who mountain bikers are, what they look for when they travel and how attract them to your business. There will be a question-and-answer session and an opportunity to mingle with the experts and other attendees.”
The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 208 of the Hot Springs Convention Center. There is no charge to attend.
Phase One of the Northwoods system of biking trails will be dedicated the weekend of November 16 – 18 in conjunction with running and mountain-biking competitions.
Visit Hot Springs began construction in November 2017 on Phase One of a planned 44.6-mile system of mountain biking trails on the city-owned Northwoods/Cedar Glades properties in the northern section of Hot Springs.
It has partnered with Tom and Steuart Walton and the Walton Family Foundation to construct the first 16-mile segment of the project, which will provide Hot Springs with an important new tourism attraction aimed at mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The 16-mile section of the trails will be opened to the public during the November weekend series of events, according to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs.
Phase Two of the trail system will result in a 44.6-mile system of first-class biking trails in the property that incorporates pristine forested hills and three lakes. It is in the Cedar Glades area north of Whittington Avenue.
For more information on the August 28 session call Bill Solleder at 501-321-2027.