Special local events to mark National Tourism Week

The Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau is preparing to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, May 6-12, and the industry is campaigning for travel, encouraging everyone to join in support.
The Courier recognizes the industry’s impact on Hardin County with it’s annual Visitors Guide published in June.
“It’s a big week as Hardin County kicks off the summer vacationing season falling right in line with the county’s Bicentennial festivities,” said Beth Pippin, Hardin County Tourism director. “National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual event that champions and salutes the power of our industry.”
Hospitality, travel and tourism professionals from across the nation work throughout the week to promote the contributions their travel markets and organizations make to the U.S. economy.
National travel and tourism studies have shown that children who travel with their families are more likely to attend college, and earn more as adults. Numerous research studies have demonstrated the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression.
“Tourism continues to be a major economic driver for Hardin County and we have seen continuous growth. Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau reported an annual economic impact of $43.55 million in 2017 in direct tourist spending. That’s an increase of 6.38 percent over 2016 and it’s big business for Hardin County. Let’s celebrate, highlight, and thank our tourism related businesses this week,” said Pippin.
HCCVB encourages you to join in Hardin County’s National Tourism Week celebration:
Tennessee River Museum in downtown Savannah will offer free admission all week.
Pickwick Landing State Park hosts ranger led programs: “Snakes! Birds! Hikes!”
Shiloh National Park – hiking, biking and history
Saturday, May 4 – Tennessee Street Park splash pads open for the season
Monday, May 6 – join the group at Tennessee River Museum for a Bicentennial Lunch Tour (Bring your own lunch.)
Tuesday, May 7 – Tourism Tuesday: Post a selfie of your favorite Hardin County touristy thing, tweet, and #thatsmyhardincounty
Wednesday, May 8, salute to Agri-Tourism – visit Savannah Farmers Market in downtown Savannah. Market hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 9 – Salute to Tourism at Tennessee River Museum. Enjoy a cup of coffee from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Friday, May 10 – Songwriters event for the Darryl Worley Foundation on the lawn of White Pillars in Savannah’s historic district
Saturday, May 11 – sign up for the Hardin County Firefighters Annual 5K and Memorial Walk
Ideas for weekend fun: Visit the Crump Flea Market. Take a drive to Saltillo for a shopping excursion. Visit the HCCVB at the Tennessee River Museum for local antique guide, driving tour, maps, Fit as a Fiddle Hiking Trail, and information on all area parks and attractions.
“Whether you enjoy fishing, boating, biking, shopping or relaxing…Hardin County has it all!”
For more information on the Hardin County and the Tourism Week celebration, contact the Hardin County CVB at 925-8181 or visit tourhardincounty.org.
In recognition of the importance of local tourism, The Courier is publishing a glossy, full-color tourism and visitors guide on June 13. In addition to accompanying that week’s newspaper, the magazine is available for free all year long at the Tennessee River Museum and is mailed by the HCCVB to prospective new residents and tourists.
The deadline to advertise in the once-a-year publication is May 24. Call The Courier at 925-6397 for more information.

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