Why Bentonvillle Should Be On Your Travel List
Wondering why a #HighEnergyHighImpact social media & influencer conference will be hosted in Bentonville, Arkansas?
We are SO GLAD you asked!
As a socially savvy influencer, Bentonville needs to be on your radar. After all, we all depend on people like you to have the latest scoop on what’s new and exciting!
Northwest Arkansas is one of the top emerging destinations in the country, and people are taking notice.
Architectural Digest says “Northwest Arkansas is now rife with travel- worthy art and design, first-rate dining and sublime natural beauty.”
The New York Times has taken note: "A Frank Lloyd Wright house intensifies the cultural traffic in an Arkansas city known mostly as the headquarters of Walmart."
Town & Country agrees with a recently-published travel guide: "Northwest Arkansas might not be at the top of your travel bucket list, but it should be."
Why are all of these A-list publications noticing a place you’ve (we’re betting) never heard of?
Bentonville is home to the world’s largest company, Walmart. More than 140 million Americans shop at Walmart every week, and the company sells more than 22 million products. So if you’re an influencer promoting products or interested in working with brands, Bentonville represents the big leagues.
People are moving to Bentonville - and northwest Arkansas - to work for and with Walmart and its “suppliers.” This area attracts some of the best and brightest talent in America (and beyond), and the region has grown to offer shopping, restaurants, arts and attractions in response to demand. You’ll find things you’d expect in a major metro here… with a side of southern charm.
Five words: ARTS + FOOD + CYCLING + MUSIC + TECH. Like any of those things? Bentonville is a thriving hub with an incredible arts, culture and maker scene, a topnotch culinary school plus world-class food and wine, a hopping mix of #BikeBentonville trails, an up and coming music destination and a can’t miss social & influencer conference, of course!
Megaphone Summit is not your average conference.
Our host hotel is the stunning 21C Museum Hotel, a boutique hotel and contemporary art museum which boasts The Hive restaurant, helmed by Chef Matt McClure (Food & Wine Best Chef, four time James Beard Best Southern Chef semifinalist). Plus, the hotel is currently home to the stunning, thought-provoking exhibit The Future Is Female.
The opening celebration for Megaphone Summit will be in the Grand Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a stunning, world- class museum nestled among nature and sculpture on 120 acres of scenic grounds in downtown Bentonville.
This conference is a little unique - it’s an “unconventional convention!” We’ll hold sessions around adorable downtown Bentonville (rather than stuffy ballrooms) at venues including 21C, The Record and Crystal Bridges.