Our Kingsport and Northeast Tennessee Hosts invite conference attendees to experience the "Sunny Side of Tennessee" where you’ll discover a region that’s rich in history, culture and outdoor adventure!  Attractions and points of interest in Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, Jonesborough and small towns along the way make will be offering complimentary admission to conference attendees on Wednesday, September 19.

Kingsport / NE Tennessee Self-Guided Tours
Wednesday, September 19    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 


Women in Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Reception
Wednesday, September 19    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 


Join other professional women from the state’s hospitality and tourism industry for this fun and informative complimentary networking opportunity.  Sponsored by STR

Wind down from your busy day and network with your friends and colleagues at a special complimentary reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages in the Tennessee Tourism EXPO /  Food & Lodging Show. 


Opening Night Event at Kingsport Farmers Market & Carousel
Wednesday, September 19    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 


Our Visit Kingsport Hosts and their partners have planned a super kick-off event for Governor's Conference attendees at the fabulous Farmers Market and Carousel in downtown Kingsport!  The evening will be complete with food, drink, music, crafts & art, and more.  Transportation will be provided from the Meadowview Marriott.  You won't want to miss it! Sponsored by Visit Kingsport


Tradeshow Afternoon Reception
Thursday, September 20     4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 


Kingsport / NE Tennessee Dine-Around
(For those not attending Stars Gala)
Thursday, September 20     6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 


The culinary options of Kingsport and NE Tennessee are sure to satisfy your appetite. Their delectable delights range from fine dining restaurants to popular spots that serve the best traditional foods and local specialties you can find! A list of the local restaurants offering special offers to Governor’s Conference attendees will be provided by our Visit Kingsport Hosts.


Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Friday, September 21 - Sunday, September 23


After Governor’s Conference, you are invited to stay the weekend and attend the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival.   A three-day celebration of Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia’s heritage as the birthplace of country music, the Festival offers the very best in progressive and traditional roots music. This year’s lineup includes Old Crowe Medicine Show, Railroad Earth, Taj Mahal Trio, The SteelDrivers, and many more.  For more information on the Festival click HERE.

2018 Governor’s Conference attendees are being offered a special $80.00 weekend pass to the Festival (a $55 savings on the gate weekend ticket price.) To purchase click HERE, select your weekend ticket and use the promotional code Tourism2018 to purchase your discounted ticket.

The Meadowview Marriott is honoring the special Governor's Conference rate on Friday and Saturday 9/21 & 22.