2024 Eclipse’s Effect on Local Tourism Topic for April 7

Eclipse 2024 Map
This map, created by Michael Zeiler for www.greatamericaneclipse.com, 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. in Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person may watch online at https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=m7611957c80e5b1668f8510b064cf622e.

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 (https://eclipse.aas.org/eclipse-america-2024) that a total solar eclipse is “one of the most awesome sights in all of nature.”

Williams is director of Arkansas’s Great River Road/All-American Road, a 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 degree in communications from Arkansas State University.

The lecture is being organized by ATU faculty members Susan West and Cass Capen-Housley from the Arkansas Tech hospitality administration program.

Learn more about ATU’s fields of study in tourism at www.atu.edu/prha.