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Blount Partnership to celebrate Tourism Day on May 10

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Blount Partnership to celebrate Tourism Day on May 10

Maryville, Tenn. – On Friday, May 10 at 9 a.m., Blount Partnership and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority will host “Tourism Day,” a celebration highlighting the unique platforms that make Blount County, the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, an ideal tourist destination. The event is in conjunction with the 2013 National Travel and Tourism Week (May 4-12).

WHAT: Blount County “Tourism Day”
WHEN: Friday, May 10 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Blount Partnership – 201 S. Washington St. Maryville, TN 37804

“Tourism is a clear economic driver for Blount County,” said Tami Vater, Blount Partnership’s Director of Tourism. “Each household in Blount County pays less in state and local taxes as a result of taxes generated by tourism economic activity. We plan to explain and tout the importance of tourism in Blount County and its positive effects on the economy, both locally and at the state level, during our ‘Tourism Day’ festivities.”

“National Travel and Tourism Week is a perfect time to raise awareness about the significant economic development role our industry plays on the national, state and local level,” said State Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker. “Last year, the U.S. Travel Association reported that tourism had a $15.36 billion direct economic impact in Tennessee generating more than $1 billion in state and local sales taxes for the sixth consecutive year.”

According to officials with the Blount Partnership, “Tourism Day” event speakers will include Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership’s President and CEO; Vater, Blount Partnership’s Director of Tourism; and Dave Jones, the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s East Tennessee Regional Manager.
The public, Blount Partnership members, special guests, and area media, are invited to attend.

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