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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Since Little Rock's Peabody Hotel has changed its name to Marriott, the city may see growth in visitor numbers because of the name change.

    This will be the first full service Marriott in the state of Arkansas.

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    THV 11's Marlisa Goldsmith was at the sign-changing ceremony and spoke with the city about potential visitor numbers to the capital of Arkansas. She also spoke with Little Rock residents to see how they feel about the new change.

    "I'll miss the ducks because I think that was a major draw," said Thomas Asewicz.

    Out with the old and in with the new. What was once known as the Peabody hotel has now become the Little Rock Marriott.

    "The name recognition alone of Marriott is internationally known," Gretchen Hall, the CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, explained. That international recognition is what the city is hoping will increase visitor growth.

    "If it's going to increase tourism, I think it's a good thing. It makes the area safer." Asewicz continued.

    Asewicz lives downtown, near the Little Rock Marriott and said the change is one that he is most certainly looking forward to.

    "I know my friends and I, we want Little Rock to feel more like a city, so things like this help it do that."

    As the first full-service Marriott in the state of Arkansas, the Little Rock Visitor and Convention Bureau is excited about the potential opportunity it brings. 

    "One of the other things that we're really looking forward to is having that international sales force behind the Marriott name which we haven't had before, to help us attract more meetings and convention business to Little Rock," added Hall.

    "Bringing Marriott in here and having that increased demand and increasing business levels, we're going to insure that our associates get more hours on their schedule, more tips in their pocket, secure employment," said Bruce Skidmore, director of sales and marketing.

    Although saying goodbye to one of the most recognized parts of the Peabody will be hard for Asewicz, he said he is welcoming the new opportunity with open arms. 

    "It's really cool that we're getting new places to go to and hang out in."

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