HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — The recently released U.S. Tourism Quality Index ranked Hot Springs, Arkansas as one of the top ten small destinations in the United States.

The 2017 U.S. Tourism Quality Index measures tourism’s supply-side performance and competitiveness in destinations that attract more than 3 million visitors per year across the United States. It’s the only ranking of its kind in the industry.

Criteria for the ranking include culture, entertainment, sightseeing, sports, adventure, culinary, lodging, and the experience of consumers that travel to the destination. 

Other cities ranked in this year’s top ten include Pensacola, Florida: Tallahassee, Florida: Bend, Oregon: Lake Charles, Louisiana: Dothan, Alabama: Augusta, Georgia; Greenville, South Carolina: Greensboro, North Carolina: and Mesa, Arizona.

“It is always great to be listed in the top ten especially in a ranking that is based on the experience of consumers who have visited our community,” said Visit Hot Springs CEO, Steve Arrison. “ The tourism industry in Hot Springs works very hard to provide a great experience for our visitors and this survey shows that their efforts have been successful.”