Ott recognized for 45 years of service in tourism

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry, left, honors Bill Ott, director of communications at the Crescent Hotel, at an Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Photo courtesy of Purdy Art Company

Bill Ott, director of communications at the Crescent Hotel, was the guest of honor at the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission reception on Thursday, Oct. 22. The commission honored Ott, who will be retiring on Nov. 1, for his 45 years working in tourism.

Commission chair Kalene Grifith read a letter from Gov. Asa Hutchinson touting Ott's professional time in Eureka Springs, Hot Springs and at iconic destinations such as Oaklawn Racing Park and Magic Springs theme park. The letter also recognized Ott's service as a past alderman, chairman of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and Eureka Christian Health Outreach Clinic and president of the Eureka Springs Rotary Club.

Following Grifith was longtime parks and tourism director and Ott's personal friend, Richard Davies, who recalled Ott's 45 years of passionate support to the visitors of Arkansas with a few memorable stories along the way.

Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry continued the celebration, followed by Ott's daughter Regi. Then Jack Moyer, general manager and executive vice president of the Crescent and Basin Park hotels, presented a ceremonial gold watch for Ott's service at the hotels. Ott worked at the hotels for more than 20 years and played a key role in returning the property to the "Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality."

The event was capped with a banner drop that read, "Elvis has left the building."

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