Tourist Development

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 spring.tnvacation.com 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.

Dolly Parton’s Dollywood, Gaylord Entertainment Partner To Bring Family Entertainment To Nashville

Thursday, January 19, 2012 | 03:13 pm

Nashville, Tenn.–Two of the biggest names in Tennessee tourism are teaming up to bring a major family entertainment zone to Nashville.  Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET) and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Company have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a 50/50 joint venture to develop  a 114-acre family entertainment zone adjacent to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.  The Dollywood Company will serve as the operating partner.  Phase one of the project is a yet unnamed approximately $50 million water and snow park, the first of its kind in the United States.  A late 2012, early 2013 groundbreaking date is expected with the park opening slated for summer of 2014.