Gov. Bill Haslam to address hospitality and tourism industry

Governor_Bill_Haslam_cropKNOXVILLE (press release)—In just one week, Oct. 8-10, the entire Tennessee travel related industry will converge at the Knoxville Convention Center for the 2014 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Hospitality & Tourism.

Gov. Bill Haslam will address the industry on Friday at the Annual Governor’s Luncheon. The three day event will feature programs, speakers, seminars, a trade show, special networking and social opportunities for all facets of the industry.

“We have combined the former Tennessee Hospitality Association’s annual conference with the former Tennessee Tourism Roundtable’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism into one event that speaks to the entire industry in our state,” said Greg Adkins, president and CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association. The Tennessee Hospitality Association and the Tennessee Tourism Roundtable merged into one organization earlier this year to form TnHTA.

Outstanding keynote speakers and a variety of excellent educational and professional development seminars are highlights of this year’s conference. Keynote speakers include Teri Yanovitch, Inky Johnson, Mitch Joel, Gary Oster, Susan Whitaker, and Governor Bill Haslam.

Educational seminar topics include the state’s new marketing brand and plan, social and print media, tourism research, customer service excellence, human trafficking, human resource issues, and government regulations and codes as they apply to the hospitality and tourism industry.

Also featured at the conference is the annual Hospitality and Tourism EXPO tradeshow, where attendees can meet with suppliers of services and products to the state’s travel-related industries.  And, of course, there are a number of enjoyable networking opportunities and social events to round out the conference offerings.

Registration is still open for the conference. Just announced was the addition of single day conference registration. “We had a number of people contact us who wanted to attend the conference, but just couldn’t get away for three days,” said Adkins. “One day only registrations will give the option of attending when it is most convenient and beneficial for them.”

Complete conference information and registration is available by visiting the TnHTA website at and clicking on the “2014 Governor’s Conference” tab.

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