2020 Best Overall Program
For the second time in its history, the Hot Springs Sister City Program has been appears to be an empty link with target https://www.hotsprings.org/media-room/press-releases/hot-springs-sister-city-program-wins-national-awar/#:~:text=HOT%20SPRINGS%20NATIONAL%20PARK%2C%20Arkansas,size%20by%20Sister%20Cities%20International named the best of its size in the country. appears to be an empty link with target https://sistercities.org/what-we-do/programs/annualawards/ appears to be an empty link with target https://sistercities.org/what-we-do/programs/annualawards/
Zunick named honorary consul
In 2018, the government of Japan announced that Mary Zunick, cultural affairs manager of Visit Hot Springs, has been appointed the honorary consul of Japan in Hot Springs.
Hot Springs’ program is mulch-faceted and includes citizen exchanges, cultural exchanges, and educational exchanges with sister city Hanamaki, Japan. In 2011, in the wake of the devastating tsunami in Japan, Hot Springs also included the “Compassionate Exchange.” Hot Springs assisted Hanamaki in caring for more than
1,000 evacuees from the coastal area streamed into the city. The program raised $25,000 through fundraising efforts. Their efforts were widely recognized by local and international media as well as the U.S. Department of State.