The new patrons lounge in Robinson Center is named in honor of Barry L. Travis. He retired as CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2006 after 35 years with the bureau. (His retirement took effect on February 9, 2006, the anniversary of his start date in 1971.)
Over his 35 years at LRCVB, Travis was involved with the agency taking over Robinson in late 1971 as well as the renovations and creation of the convention center from 1972 to 1974. Over the years, he led efforts to upgrade Robinson and to garner support from voters during two Little Rock capital bond elections. He was also successful in LRCVB bond elections to build and later expand Statehouse Convention Center.
In recognition of his efforts, Travis received the Henry Award from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism in 1989. That goes to the top person in the tourism industry in the state. In 2002, he was inducted into the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s Tourism Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received the Maurice Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award.