Local to be Inducted into AR Tourism Hall of Fame

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by Shannon Cay


PONCA, Ark. – The owner and founder of the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca will be inducted into Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame soon.

The Hall of Fame honor is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have been actively involved in tourism for many years and who have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the industry as a whole.

Hall of Fame inductee Mike Mills says his humble business started in 1976 and grew to the success it is today because he has always listened to visitors:



With 44 years in the business, he has clocked in over 150,000 hours for the tourism industry and has served more than 3 million guests:



Cathy Drew, executive director of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council, will also be inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during a luncheon Monday, March 12, 2018, at noon during the 44th Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The conference will be held in West Memphis at Southland Park Gaming & Racing March 11-13, 2018.