NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Hospitality Association has today announced that Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville and Rep. Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, have been named “Legislators of the Year” for 2010.
“These two legislators have been great friends to the hospitality industry and to hotel and restaurant employees across the state,” said Greg Adkins, CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association. “Keeping tourists coming to Tennessee and ensuring that the Department of Tourism is well-funded are extremely important. Their efforts help keep the doors open at restaurants and hotels across the state and are critical to Tennesseans and to our state’s economy.”
This year is the first that the Tennessee Hospitality Association has given the “Legislator of the Year” honor. Overbey and Montgomery were chosen to receive the award because of their tireless advocacy on behalf of the state’s hospitality industry in 2010 and their efforts to ensure the Department of Tourism received adequate funding.

“Tennessee’s tourism generated a $14.4 billion economic impact to the state’s economy,” said Senator Overbey.  “This translates into 184,700 jobs for Tennesseans in the state’s tourism industry.  It is imperative that our state’s public policy protects and promotes growth of this industry which is such a vital part of our economy.”

“Tourism is a major economic driver for our area,” added Representative Montgomery.  “It is an honor to work with and help those in the hospitality industry both in Sevier County and at the state level, which has a positive impact on all citizens in our communities.”

The Tennessee Hospitality Association is the voice of lodging and dining establishments in the state of Tennessee. TnHA provides education and training for industry employees and represents the interests of the hospitality industry at the local, state and national levels. Learn more about TnHA at www.tnhospitality.net.  ###

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