Tourist Development

Haslam Names Kevin Triplett Commissioner Of Tourist Development

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 10:50 am

Pigeon Forge executive Sande Weiss named co-chair of Tennessee Tourism Committee
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Kevin Triplett will join his cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development.
Triplett, 49, is vice president of public affairs for Bristol Motor Speedway. Prior to joining BMS in 2005, he worked in various roles for NASCAR, ultimately serving as managing director of business operations, guiding the operation and administration of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series. He has twice been named one of NASCAR’s “25 Most Influential” by The Charlotte Observer.

Haslam Announces Tourist Development Commissioner To Depart

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 11:00 am

Tourism industry collaborating better than ever before to attract visitors to state
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development, will be departing the administration after dedicating 12 years of leading the department to return to the private sector. 
“Susan has done a great job of promoting the unique assets that Tennessee has to offer to visitors from across the country and around the world,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for her leadership and service as we’ve worked to leverage all of the good work happening across the state to attract more people to Tennessee.”

TDOT Breaks Ground on New Welcome Center on I-26

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 12:43 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer and Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) Commissioner Susan Whitaker joined state and local officials in Sullivan County today to break ground for a new welcome center on Interstate 26. The new welcome center will be located at mile marker 5, and is expected to open to the public in the summer of 2014.

“This new welcome center in Sullivan County will play a major role in welcoming visitors to Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner Schroer. “The Interstate 26 corridor is the primary route to several tourist destinations, including the Cherokee National Forest. I’m pleased to see construction begin on this important project.”

State and Local Agencies Observe America Recycles Day Nov. 15

Friday, November 09, 2012 | 03:43 pm

Announce Welcome Center Recycling Program

NASHVILLE – America Recycles Day is Thursday, Nov. 15, and the Department of Environment and Conservation is joining other state, county and city agencies across Tennessee, providing several opportunities for citizens to reduce waste and make a difference. In addition, TDEC, TDOT and Tourist Development are pleased to announce the implementation of the Welcome Center Recycling Program at welcome centers across the state.

Tennessee’s 2012 Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event

Thursday, April 05, 2012 | 12:02 pm

PICKWICK DAM, Tenn. –The Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event, Invasions by Rail and River: The Battle of Shiloh, held April 4-5 at Pickwick Landing State Park, was an event worthy of the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Shiloh, now one of America’s most important Civil War battlefields.

Tennessee Tourism Introduces New Blog Site

Monday, March 26, 2012 | 03:06 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announces the launch of its newly developed blog, Tennessee TripTales, presenting readers with a fresh take on the inside scoop of Tennessee’s latest news, attractions and events.

Gear Up For Spring With Tennessee Tourism’s New Site Featuring Bill Dance

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 03:26 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — To promote the great outdoor adventures that await visitors in Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will launch its spring site at March 15. This year, the interactive website encourages visitors to experience fishing, hiking and camping along with fishing guru, Bill Dance. A contest will be featured on the site that includes giveaways and a chance to win a fishing trip with Dance.

Tennessee Tourism Releases 2012 Vacation Guide

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 | 01:01 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has released the 2012 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide. The glossy magazine-style guide is free to Tennessee residents and visitors and is Tennessee’s most complete and accessible printed resource. The guide contains more than 3,000 listings of attractions located throughout the state as well as a fold-out state map.