LITTLE ROCK –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today joined local restaurant owners at the Robinson Center in Little Rock for a roundtable discussion hosted by the Arkansas Hospitality Association and the National Restaurant Association.
“I appreciate hearing the concerns of Arkansas restaurant owners and operators about our economy and the steps they are taking to confront challenges, while operating on thin margins. These job creators are important to our state. Having input from those in the industry is important to crafting legislation that helps create an environment that encourages growth and decreases needless and costly regulations,” Boozman said.
“It was a great opportunity for us to sit down today with Senator Boozman. He listened to our concerns about the impact of regulations that come out of Washington on our businesses here in Arkansas. We appreciate the opportunity to host an open dialogue with our representatives in Congress and we look forward to working with him in the future,” said Montine McNulty, Executive Director of Arkansas Hospitality Association.
Arkansas is home to 5,054 eating and drinking establishments, employing more than 93,300 employees. This industry is expected to generate $4.4 billion in sales this year. There are more than 42,760 hospitality jobs in Arkansas at over 80 properties. Hotels contributed $2.5 billion to the state last year.
(Pictured: Boozman joins members of the Arkansas Hospitality Association and the National Restaurant Association for a roundtable discussion in Little Rock Wednesday.)