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May 2014 E-Clips

Tennessee Celebrates National Travel And Tourism Week (Chattanoogan) The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and partners from the state’s $16.16 billion tourism industry are joining forces during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3-11, encouraging Tennesseans to reverse an alarming national trend and enjoy all of their paid time off this year… “Tennessee offers thousands of affordable getaways that are close to home and ideal for anyone trying to balance a busy schedule,” said Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Tennesseans are among the hardest-working people in America, but it’s important that we get out, relax and enjoy this beautiful state. We look forward to helping folks make the most of their hard-earned vacation time this year.” View more

Ruby Falls Honored by Tourism Society(News Channel 9) On Tuesday evening, November 5th, Southeast Tourism Society announced Ruby Falls as the winner of the Tourism for Tomorrow Award during their Shining Example Awards Banquet, a recognition identifying the attraction as a leader in sustainable tourism efforts. The award was accepted by Hugh Morrow, president of Ruby Falls. This STS award requires notable accomplishments in sustainable tourism development, while safeguarding local culture and protecting the environment.  “To be recognized by such a great organization as STS two years in a row is quite frankly very humbling,” said Hugh Morrow, president of Ruby Falls, LLC. “As the 2012 Travel Attraction of the Year, the “what” our great team at Ruby Falls accomplished has now been followed by this year’s award, recognizing the “how” we are getting there. View more

Chickamauga Lake being featured around the world on FLW TV show (Nooga.com) Folks who want to see fishing and tourism promoted in Southeast Tennessee got a huge shot in the arm this week from FLW Outdoors with the airing of the June tournament held on Chickamauga Lake, based out of Dayton. The first airing of the show was Sunday. There are likely to be several reruns, plus the show is now available for viewing on the FLW website. Anglers all over the country and the world are marveling at the huge bass caught by winner Casey Martin, pulled from waters most of us drive by every day. The TV shows air on the NBC Sports Network. FLW claims the show is broadcast to 564 million households worldwide and that it is the most widely distributed weekly outdoors sports television show in the world. View more

Tennessee Aquarium Expects 20 Millionth Visitor This Weekend (News Channel 9) A spring outing is about to become very memorable for someone as the Tennessee Aquarium prepares to welcome its 20 millionth visitor on Sunday, March 24th. To celebrate the occasion, a gift package is being prepared for the lucky guest, including a one-year Aquarium membership, passes for the IMAX 3D Theater and River Gorge Explorer, a behind the scenes tour and a Chattanooga VIP Pass to other area attractions. Drawing 20 million people to downtown Chattanooga underscores how the initial investment in the Aquarium continues paying dividends. A recent independent study found that the Aquarium's direct economic impact on the Scenic-City is more than $77.4 million dollars each year. View more

Visitors center now open to the public (Crossville Chronicle) A ten-year effort to establish a gateway to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, as well as to point tourists and visitors to the many other area parks, historical sites and points of interest, concluded Thursday as the community gathered with officials from the city of Crossville, Cumberland County, the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and the National Park Service to dedicate the Crossville-Cumberland County: Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitors Center on River Otter Dr. "It's a beautiful facility that's in the right place," said Brad Allamong, president/CEO of the Chamber. "It's the gateway to our county, to our downtown, to the Big South Fork, to our park system and to everything we have to offer. If we do our job well, tourists will leave here and go see you." View more

PARIS TN: Spreading the word about Paris on four wheels (Paris PI) It’s a rolling representation of Henry County that seats 14 comfortably.It’s the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s bus, freshly wrapped with a collage of images representing a variety of tourist attractions and historical features of the area. You can get a first-hand look at the bus Friday as it will be part of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry grand parade. Jennifer Wheatley, executive director of the chamber, said Wednesday the bus was a dream that had been a long time in the making. View more

Tourism–Cowan, Tn Railroad Museum (Chattanoogan) The Cowan Railroad Museum represents the railroad that has been an integral part of the city since 1849 when construction began on boring a railroad tunnel through the mountain two miles southeast of town. The Cumberland Mountain Tunnel was finished in 1852 before the railroad actually made it to Cowan from Nashville. The town, the railroad and the tunnel still exist today. In support of that endeavor and later frequent trains through this region, a substantial frame depot was built in 1904, and that building is where the museum now houses its collection for your enjoyment. View more

Tourism–Carter Cave Natural Area (Grundy County Herald) The Carter Cave Natural Area is another prize of the South Cumberland Recreation Area. This area is located off the mountain along Highway 56 near the town of Sherwood. The land was donated to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation in 1976. The area consists of 140 acres and protects a great geological feature of the area – Lost Cove Cave. The main entrance to the cave system is the Buggytop Cave entrance. Thomas Barr, Jr. classified it as one of the most impressive cave mouths in the state. The mouth itself is 100 feet wide and 80 feet high and opens at the base of a 150 foot high overhanging bluff. View more

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