Celebrating the Spirit of
Our People and Our Industry

I am excited the entire Tennessee tourism and hospitality industry is going to be gathering in Gatlinburg for the 2017 Tennessee Governor's Conference on Hospitality & Tourism.  From Memphis to Mountain City and everywhere in between, this industry is a critical piece of our state's economy. Thank you for joining your partners from across the state to share ideas and best practices and help prepare us all for an even brighter future in Tennessee. 


Bill Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee

We are very excited to bring the Governor’s Conference to Gatlinburg this year!  Not only is Gatlinburg one of the state’s premier travel destinations and a great location for conferences and conventions, we thought it was important to support our friends and partners there following the wildfires of 2016 and to help spread the word that Gatlinburg and Sevier County are totally open for business!  We think the theme for this year’s conference, ‘Smoky Mountain Strong! Celebrating the Spirit of Our People and Our Industry’ speaks volumes about our belief in and support of the hospitality and tourism industry in the region and across the state.

Darik Dawes, 2017 Chair, Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association

The Tennessee Tourism Governor’s Conference moves around the state each year and Gatlinburg was on the radar even before the tragic wildfires of late November.  Once that occurred, the opportunity to host our conference there, bring visitors there and shine a light on one of our greatest destinations in Gatlinburg and Sevier County was an easy decision. Sevier County is open for business and has been. This is another way for us to bring attention to that fact in one of the most beautiful parts of our state.

Kevin Triplett, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

As we say here in Gatlinburg, ‘The Mountains Are Calling,’ and we are delighted that they are calling our friends and peers from across the state to join us for the 2017 Tennessee Governor's Conference on Hospitality and Tourism!  The entire staff of the Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and all of our local industry partners are looking forward to showcasing our area and providing everyone with a warm and genuine welcome!

Mark Adams, President and CEO, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau