25th ANNUAL NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK MAY 10-18, 2008- 'Discover Great American Traditions'

May 13 2008 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

The Travel Industry Association (TIA) selected “Discover Great American Traditions” as the theme for the 25th annual National Tourism Week, to be held May 10 – 18. To coincide with the national celebration, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has established the theme, “Discover Great Tennessee Traditions.”

Communities statewide are taking advantage of this occasion to showcase the economic, cultural and social benefits of travel.


All of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s 13 welcome centers invite their Tennessee tourism partners to join in extending Tennessee hospitality to travelers visiting the centers. This is an opportunity to connect with travelers, while providing promotional information, refreshments and product giveaways pertaining to local attractions or communities. Special appearances by mascots and interpreters dressed in period attire make the traveler’s experience even more memorable.


Welcome Center Event Highlights:

  • Dyersburg Welcome Center: Boss Hoss Motorcycles, Elvis impersonator and Little Debbie Cakes
  • Chattanooga Welcome Center: Chattanooga Choo Choo’s Elwood Smooch and Rock & Roll Revue, and Tennessee Aquarium
  • Jellico Welcome Center: local country music band, “Bloomy the Pig” and Dixie Stampede

National Tourism Week is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide. The goal is to enhance the country’s economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. The silver anniversary theme encourages travel and highlights the role that tourism plays in discovering the icons of destinations like the state of Tennessee.


National Tourism Week was established in 1983 when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution designating the week to be celebrated in May 1984. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Industry leaders and public relations professionals from the major travel and tourism trade associations were the first volunteers to manage the annual event. By January 1986, industry leaders had formed a permanent, full-time office at TIA to sponsor the event and expand tourism awareness into year-round programs.


National Tourism Week is the right time to help those in each Tennessee community understand the life-long benefits of enjoying the state’s attractions, as well as the cultural and natural resources. From monuments and buildings to landscapes and main streets, the stage is set for you.



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Cindy Dupree
Director of Public Relations
(615) 741-9010