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Governor Sanders Announces New Director of Tourism

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today announced that Dalaney Thomas will serve as Director of Tourism at the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.

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“I’m proud to announce that Dalaney Thomas will serve as Arkansas’ newest Director of Tourism. Dalaney has spent nearly a decade working with Arkansas Tourism from the outside, brainstorming new ideas to get the word out about our state. She’s spearheaded nationwide marketing campaigns and has the creative chops we’ll need to compete with other states,” said Governor Sanders. “Dalaney joins an incredible team that is going to help us take our state to the next level. This administration is making sweeping reforms to make our outdoor spaces even better.”

Delany Thomas, photo courtesy of CJRW.
Dalaney Thomas, photo courtesy of CJRW.

“I’m excited for Dalaney Thomas to join the team at Arkansas’ Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. She is a natural fit, has worked in the industry, built relationships within the state, and has the knowledge, experience, and vision to lead the Tourism Division for continued growth as the second-largest industry within the state. With her passion for outdoor recreation, communities across the state, destinations, attractions, and promotion of the Natural State, her efforts will continue to build on the fact that Arkansas is a great place to visit, live, and work,” said Secretary Shea Lewis of the Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.

“I love Arkansas and am honored and humbled to serve as Director of Tourism. Travelers are seeking authentic experiences and we have that in abundance in Arkansas. Tourism is Arkansas’ second-largest industry and I look forward to helping grow that economy by encouraging continuous product development and through expanding our reach into new markets, thereby introducing more people to our wonderful Natural State. I want to thank Governor Sanders and Secretary Lewis for their confidence in me. I’m ready to get to work,” said Dalaney Thomas.

Dalaney Thomas biography:

Dalaney previously worked at Arkansas-based ad agency CJRW where she served as Account Manager for Arkansas Tourism and Oaklawn for almost nine years. In her role, she managed the creation and implementation of innovative creative campaigns, paid media strategies, nationwide public relations endeavors, social media content strategies, partnerships, and cooperative initiatives.

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