Press Release: Tourism and Hospitality Leaders to Discuss Industry Needs in Northwest Tennessee

Upcoming Meeting at Discovery Park of America will Convene a Task Force of State, Local, and Industry Stakeholders

(Union City, Tennessee, June 8, 2023) — The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) is creating a tourism and hospitality task force to help cultivate partnerships that will lead to long-term support for the industry in Northwest Tennessee. State and local representatives with hold a listening session with tourism and hospitality leaders at Discovery Park of America on Thursday, June 22, 2023, from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m.

The session will provide an opportunity to discuss the workplace needs within the sector in Northwest Tennessee and lead to the alignment of relevant partnerships, programs, and resources, The task force will develop long-lasting solutions that will benefit the area’s growing tourism industry, which will help bolster economic growth opportunities in the rural communities in the northwest part of the state.

“Meeting with leaders from the hospitality and tourism industry in Northwest Tennessee is critical to meeting their workforce needs now and, in the future,” said Kristie Bennett, TDLWD Northwest Tennessee Regional Director. “Listening sessions like this will allow us to address the industry’s unique needs with solutions that reflect the true dynamics of regional economies.”

In May 2023, preliminary data from U.S. Travel and Tourism Economics revealed a record $27.5 billion in travel spending across the nation in 2022. Among the top 25 states, Tennessee has been the fastest-growing state in travel spending since 2018 and has risen from 14th to 11th in the nation for travel spending.

For more information about the event and how to register, contact Scott Williams at or 731-599-9749.

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