The Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association (TnHTA) honored its 2016 industry all-stars statewide at the annual “Stars of the Industry” awards gala, held Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
“Hospitality and tourism make up the state’s second largest industry,” said TnHTA President and CEO Greg Adkins. “The individuals and companies we honor with these awards are the driving force behind that success. They provide the top-notch guest service that keeps people coming back to Tennessee. The winners were selected to receive these honors by people who truly understand the level of commitment that is required to provide excellent service to customers on a daily basis—their peers. We’re honored to have them as part of our membership, and we congratulate them on a job well done!”
The “Stars of the Industry Awards” are presented to individuals, companies and industry partners whose commitment to hospitality and tourism has improved the overall industry statewide and has allowed the industry to “wow” guests on a daily basis. This year’s winners epitomize the true spirit of hospitality that makes Tennessee a great place to live and visit. Among the 2016 award recipients are the Destination Marketing Organization of the Year Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, represented by Melissa Woody, tourism development vice president, and Gary Farlow, president and CEO.
The hospitality and tourism industry is the second largest in Tennessee, creating $18.4 billion in total economic impact representing over 10 percent of the workforce and producing $1.6 billion in state and local sales tax revenue.
The PrimeTime Business EXPO is quickly approaching and registration has begun for the Oct. 20 event. The EXPO allows any Chamber member the opportunity to present their goods or services to the community through a tabletop display located in the Bradley Square Mall.
“We anticipate a larger group of participants than last year due to the increase of members during our recent membership event,” Aaron Weatherford, membership director, said. All new members may register for a display free of charge.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Vendors will begin setting up at 9 a.m. and are asked to be completed by 9:45 a.m. The cost to participate in the EXPO is $100 if you register by Oct. 10. The cost for those who register after this date is $150.
“The community is invited to attend the Business EXPO, but only Chamber members can showcase,” Weatherford said. “We look forward to working with you to make this a great event.”
If you have any questions, contact Weatherford at 423-472-6587 or register online through the Chamber’s “One Community, One Calendar.”
Nestled in the heart of the Ocoee Region in Southeast Tennessee lies Cleveland/Bradley County, Tennessee. Here a small-city feeling mixes with progressive business, excellent medical, educational and cultural facilities, and thriving industry to create an ideal place to live, work, raise a family and even retire. The community offers a seasonal climate, major transportation advantages, a diversified economy, traditional family values and a natural playground set against a picturesque backdrop. What more could you want?