FRANKLIN, Tenn., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2013 Tennessee Governor's Conference on Tourism, the state's premier annual tourism industry event, will be held in Franklin September 17, 18 and 19 at the Cool Springs Conference Center and Franklin Marriott Hotel. The conference attracts hundreds of statewide representatives from Tennessee's $15.36 billion tourism industry, the state's No. 1 non-farm industry.
"We are delighted to be hosting the Governor's Conference this year," said Mark Shore, executive director of the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Not only is this a boost to our local economy, it is also an opportunity for us to showcase our community to tourism professionals from across the state."
The annual three-day conference features nationally-known tourism experts and speakers, educational sessions, a trade show, and presentations by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the Governor. Attendees also have an opportunity to experience the local area through special events, tours, and dine-arounds.
"We are very excited to be returning to Franklin for this year's conference," said Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. "Williamson County is known across the state for its heritage tourism, wonderful shopping and dining, and first-class meeting facilities. When you combine all of that with Franklin's central location, I know we're going to have a truly outstanding conference this year."
Franklin has hosted the conference twice before, first in 1999 and again in 2005. "We look forward to returning to Franklin for our conference," said John Whisenant, executive director of the Tennessee Tourism Roundtable, the organization which produces the conference in partnership with the Department of Tourist Development. "Every time we have been in Franklin, the entire community has gone out of its way to make us feel welcome and has worked hard to ensure its success. We definitely look forward to working with Mark and his great staff at the Williamson County CVB as we plan what I know is going to be a wonderful event."
Information on the 2013 conference will be available soon on the Tennessee Tourism Roundtable website at www.tenntourismroundtable.com.
SOURCE Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau