Tennessee hospitality association’s No. 1 attraction

📅August 12th, 2014, 14:39
Thanks to our great staff for this amazing award.

Our great team deserve all of the credit for this amazing recognition. Pictured here is Visit Knoxville’s Laney Shorter, Sr. Catering Manager Lynn Armstrong, Event Manager Kate Jackson, Director of Operations Jason Bourgoyne, myself and  Director of Sales and Marketing Rebecca Williams. 

Tennessee has a lot to offer tourists – from entertainment at the Grand Ole Opry to the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the rhythm of Beale Street. With all these great tourism options, I am honored that the Knoxville Convention Center was recognized as the “Attraction of the Year” by the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association. The statewide award was presented at the organization’s annual “Stars of the Industry” award ceremony in Nashville.

The “Attraction of the Year Award” is presented to event venues, convention centers and attractions that have shown excellence in development and community service through special programs, events and marketing campaigns to attract new tourists and visitors to Tennessee.

As the No. 9 ranked state in the country for tourism, there were many great nominees from Knoxville and areas across Tennessee that fit this description. I am so proud of our Knoxville Convention Center staff who work hard every day to make sure we are on top of our game and stay on the cutting-edge of the events and meetings industry.

Earlier this year in May, we also received the “2014 Service/Supplier of the Year Pauly Award” from the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association, which qualified us to be nominated for the statewide awards. To be recognized by our statewide peers in the tourism industry brings great credit to Knoxville’s tourism industry and our city as a whole.

We cannot give enough thanks to our Knoxville tourism partners who nominated and voted for us for these recognitions. We are a team working to elevate Knoxville as a national destination attraction. This award honors our city as well as our facility.

I would also like to thank the City Knoxville for providing funding and support to enable us to upgrade our facility with cutting-edge equipment and technology, drawing more events – and tourists – to Tennessee.

And a special thanks to the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association for recognizing the attraction of this “scruffy little city.”