Knoxville welcomes state tourism partners

📅October 8th, 2014, 15:32

286_2014TnHTA_ConferenceLogo_CroppedThe Knoxville Convention Center will become the hub for the state’s tourism industry this week for the 2014 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Hospitality & Tourism. The conference moves to different locations in the state every year, and we are proud to have been selected for the 2014 event, so we can show our statewide peers what a great city Knoxville is to visit.

It’s always fun to entertain our fellow tourism partners who share our love for hospitality. The conference, which will be held Wednesday through Friday, features such keynote speakers as former University of Tennessee football player and motivational speaker Inky Johnson, state Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Throughout the conference, we also will host the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Expo with excellent tourism vendors from across the state.

Made in TennesseeThe Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association is the host of the event, and the Knoxville Convention Center was honored to have been named the 2014 Attraction of the Year at the organization’s Stars of Industry Awards Gala in August. Knoxville has shown great tourism momentum in recent years not just in Tennessee, but across the nation.

From USA TODAY to National Geographic, Knoxville’s unique combination of Southern hospitality and downtown sophistication has been capturing national media attention. This renewed energy for Knoxville tourism is in large part due to the commitment by the state to bring every city together to promote Tennessee as a whole.

The Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Hospitality & Tourism challenges tourism partners to share a vision for the future of the state’s $15 billion tourism industry. Whitaker and Haslam also will share the new tourism and marketing strategy at this week’s conference.

The Knoxville Convention Center staff is glad to host and participate in this great event to learn about new industry trends. We are fortunate to be a part of such a strong statewide tourism team. All cities benefit as more people hear about the great attractions that Tennessee has to offer.