Todd DeFeo

Weiss: Tennessee fortunate to have governor who ‘understands the value of tourism and the economic impact’

A view of Knoxville, Tenn., in February 2015. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

The recently named co-chair of the Tennessee Tourism Committee says marketing The Volunteer State can be difficult given the state’s “three distinctive regions.”

“We are so fortunate to have a governor that understands the value of tourism and the economic impact it has on Tennessee,” Sande Weiss said.

“With three distinctive regions, each having so much to offer visitors, it can be a challenge to market such a diverse state,” Weiss added. “The committee has brought together tourism leaders from across Tennessee, and working with the Department of Tourist Development we have created a strong strategic plan that is sure to increase visitation. I look forward to being a part of our future success.”

Weiss, president of Music Road Resort in Pigeon Forge, fills the role previously held by Ted Miller, president of Dolly Parton Productions. The committee, formed by Haslam in 2011, is chaired by Colin Reed, CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and co-chaired by Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises.


About Todd DeFeo

Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and