The effect of Eclipse 2024 on local tourism April 7th topic

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This map, created by Michael Zeiler for, shows that Russellville, Ark., will be prime viewing territory for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse.

Tourism expert Kimberly J. Williams will speak about the 2024 North American eclipse and its potential impact on the Arkansas River Valley during an appearance at Arkansas Tech University on Thursday, April 7.

Williams will speak beginning at 10 a.m. at Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

There will be a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. According to Astronomy magazine, Russellville, Ark. will be one of the top 10 places in North America to view the eclipse.

The American Astronomical Society states on a web page dedicated to the 2024 event ( that a total solar eclipse is “one of the most awe-inspiring sights in all of nature”.

Williams is director of Great River Road/All-American Road in Arkansas, travel writer for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, and project manager for the department’s 2024 eclipse preparations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Arkansas State University.

The conference is hosted by ATU faculty members Susan West and Cass Capen-Housley of Arkansas Tech’s hotel administration program.

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Jessica C. Bell