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Thursday, September 22nd at the Chattanooga Convention Center, The Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association (TnHTA) recognized Hospitality Solutions for their generous support of the Festival of Trees that supports the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.

The “Stars of the Industry Awards” are presented to individuals, companies, and industry partners whose commitment to hospitality and tourism has improved the overall industry statewide and has allowed the industry to ‘wow’ guests on a daily basis. This year’s winners epitomize the true spirit of hospitality that makes Tennessee a great place to live and visit.



“Hospitality and tourism make up the state’s second largest industry,” said TnHTA President & CEO, Greg Adkins. “The individuals and companies we honor with these awards are the driving force behind that success. They provide the top-notch guest service that keeps people coming back to Tennessee. The winners were selected to receive these honors by people who truly understand the level of commitment that is required to provide excellent service to customers on a daily basis – their peers. We’re honored to have them as part of our membership, and we congratulate them on a job well done!” The hospitality and tourism industry is the second largest in Tennessee, creating $18.4 billion in total economic impact representing over 10% of the workforce and producing $1.6 billion in state and local sales tax revenue.

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


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On Thursday, February 16th, 2017, the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains board of directors were presented with a check for proceeds generated from the Festival of Trees. The amount raised in 2016 exceeded the previous year, and was only made possible through the cooperative efforts of Hospitality Solutions, Inc. and organizations and leaders throughout Sevier County. With the help of a special design team led by Mary Ellen Rader, and sponsorships from local businesses, the 2016 Festival of Trees was a huge success.

On behalf of the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees, the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation and all festival event sponsors we are proud to present a check for $30,601.72 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, states Logan Coykendall

The Festival of Trees, held at the W.L. Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg, kicked-off on Tuesday November 22nd, 2016, with the Candy Canes & Cocktails reception hosted by Steve and Jay of Mixx 105.5. Over 125 people were the first to preview the beautifully decorated trees, and participate in purchasing select trees and wreaths. Attendees also enjoyed signature cocktails provided by Ole Smoky Moonshine, a silent auction and delighted in music provided by the Smokey Mountain Sounds.

The festivities continued November 23rd – 27th, 2016. With attendance almost doubling this year, 6,000 people perused through the winter wonderland of trees, had their pictures made with Santa, and got crafty in the children’s play area and craft station while enjoying entertainment from Sevier County High School Choir and Seymour High School and Middle School Choirs, as well as other local musicians. The festival added another ticketed event in 2016, “Breakfast with Santa,” where families enjoyed breakfast with Santa Claus and created Christmas crafts in the festival’s Kids’ Area.

The Festival of Trees is a free event with the proceeds raised through major event sponsors, tree sponsorships, the sale of decorated trees and wreaths, donations from visitors, the Candy Canes & Cocktails reception, Breakfast with Santa tickets and the sale of commemorative FOT ornaments and T-shirts. The Festival of Trees major sponsors for 2016 included: Hospitality Solutions, Inc., Gatlinburg Hospitality Association, Ripley’s Entertainment, Citizens National Bank, The Historic Gatlinburg Inn, The Track, IHOP Restaurants of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Ownby Insurance, Laundry Systems of TN, Fort Fun Mini Golf & More, Foothills Furniture, The Greystone Lodge on the River, Zoder’s Inn & Suites, SmartBank, Parker Trutec MMI, Gibson Hotel Management, Quality Plumbing & Mechanical, Barnes Insurance Agency, ILM Rentals, Collier Restaurant Group, D&S Builders, Smoky Mountain Title, Tennessee State Bank, Fannie Farkle’s, Three Bears General Store and Ole Smoky Moonshine.

The Festival of Trees committee extends their sincere thanks to the sponsors, designers, purchasers, attendees, Sevier County schools, local service clubs, and volunteers that helped make the 2016 event successful, and make such a meaningful contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. In addition, the committee would like to thank the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce and the wonderful staff at the Gatlinburg Convention Center for helping make this event possible.

Please mark your calendars for the 2017 Festival of Trees. The festival will kick-off on Tuesday November 21st, 2017, with the return of Candy Canes & Cocktails, and will run through Sunday November 26th, 2017. For more information on sponsorships, sponsoring a tree, or volunteering for the event please contact Amelia Sweeney at 865-365-1588.

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Gatlinburg, TN – June 12, 2017 –The Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg was developed in partnership with Hospitality Solutions, Inc. and M. Gibson Hotels. The partners, who have a combined hospitality experience of over 100 years, are please to introduce Christie Connaster as the property’s General Manager. The Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg, located at 520 Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg, TN is the newest, upscale hotel offering guest a contemporary hotel experience. It is located conveniently in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg near the Gatlinburg Convention Center and all of Gatlinburg’s attractions, shopping and eateries as well as just minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The new Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail was built by D&S Builders of Sevierville and was beautifully designed by Trotter & Associates Architects of Gatlinburg with a modern theme.

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“We are excited to bring another high quality Hilton hotel to Gatlinburg. D&S Builders and Trotter & Associates Architects created an exceptional property and we are eager to implement the culture of enveloping our guests and associates in the brand’s Hamptonality.” states Logan Coykendall, President, Hospitality Solutions, Inc. The property is complete with a unique outdoor setting overlooking Leconte Creek including fire pits, outdoor lounge spaces and hot tub facilities. With 114 stunning guestrooms, some with fireplaces and/or with balconies with mountain views or overlooking the creek and optional suites, the property aims to please the whole family. “We have created an amazing property where we hope guests will have everything they need to ensure a happy stay, from our comfortable guestrooms, convenient guest services, extra amities and friendly hotel team members we strive to be the ideal choice for travelers to Gatlinburg. ” states Christie Connaster.

We have created an amazing property where we hope guests will have everything they need to ensure a happy stay, from our comfortable guestrooms, convenient guest services, extra amities and friendly hotel team members we strive to be the ideal choice for travelers to Gatlinburg. — Christie Connaster

The Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg will stand out as Gatlinburg’s newest upscale lodging option for business and leisure travelers seeking high-quality accommodations that offer a variety of conveniences without a steep price tag. The property offers guest amenities such as a free hot breakfast served daily featuring delicious waffles or for the on-the-go traveler On the Run Breakfast Bags, 24-hour Business Center, indoor pool and 648 sq ft fitness center; each guestroom includes the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed®, microwave, refrigerator unit and coffeemaker. The Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates For more information or to make reservations for the Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg, please call +1 865 436 4933.

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