Tennessee Tourism announces 2016 milestones

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The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development anticipates continued industry momentum in 2016 as tourism partners throughout the state open new attractions, expand current properties and celebrate major milestones. The new tourism assets strengthen the brand promise to provide holiday experiences that are part of The Soundtrack of America – Made in Tennessee.

Lynchburg’s Jack Daniel’s Distillery turns 150. America’s oldest registered distillery and the world’s best-selling whiskey is one of Tennessee’s most iconic destinations. The milestone anniversary celebration kicked off on New Year’s Eve and continues throughout the year in Lynchburg and around the world.

In March, Dollywood opened the season with Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden coaster. The $22 million ride, themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, launches from zero to 72 kilometres per hour more than 20 storeys up its lift hill. Dollywood, located in the Smoky Mountain town of Pigeon Forge, is Tennessee’s number one most visited man-made attraction.

The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis is set to open in October 2016 with a star-studded grand-opening celebration. Located just a few steps from the gates of Elvis’ Graceland, the 450-room resort will feature a Southern colonial exterior with specialty suites designed by Priscilla Presley, two restaurants, meeting space and a 464-seat theatre for live performances and movies.

The state celebrates a national milestone on 25 August 2016 as the National Park Service turns 100 with 14 locations in Tennessee affiliated with the National Park Service, including America’s most visited National Park – the Great Smoky Mountains.

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