Oct 1 2006
10:50 am

The local advertorial daily paper, the KNS, begins the campaign to save Gloria Ray of the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation. The Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation (KTSC), a private 501 © 3 corporation contracts with the City of Knoxville and Knox County to market Knoxville as a premier destination for conventions, sporting events and leisure travel for an increased economic impact on the region.

Of course the publisher of the local advertorial daily paper is on the board of the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation.

Since the train wreck that was BoomsDay rumors have swirled that Ray's job was in jeopardy. Of course the 11 million dollar per year operating costs of the Knoxville Convention Center and the pitiful numbers generated from the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame are no help either.

While Ray is not mentioned in the article the message is clear that, "From sights and scenes in the major cities, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and numerous state parks, Tennessee is a welcoming place for visitors within the nation and the world". Blah, blah, and blah.

But according to the Sentinel everything is just ducky, "Locally, Knox County received $685 million from travelers last year, which was a 7.5 percent increase over 2004."

However a realization has been recognised, "Acknowledging the importance of marketing, Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker said: "We can no longer expect that, just because you build it, people will come."

Now Knox County Commission and City Council will be hit up for more taxpayer money for "marketing" because it is so clear that the problem is that not enough money has been spent on marketing to tell the people of Ohio how wonderful Knoxville is for tourists. There is no way possible we just built stupid venues in bad locations that no one cares about.

Give me a break.

Number9's picture

"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"

Gossip alert. Later today we may hear about the Knoxville version of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous". Guess who will be "yatching" down the Tennessee River on a glorious yatch complete with food service and guess who will pick up the tab? Who could it be...

Toad In The Hole's picture

They Ought to Toss the Whole Notion of a Sports Council

Let the downtown hotels do the marketing for downtown Knoxville, they have the most to gain by putting heads in the beds for a few nights. Saddest thing is all those ameneties mentioned by the daily rag are NOT IN KNOXVILLE and the sooner they get it through there heads that the scenic beauty of the area, does not necessarily mean a visit to Knoxville, the better off we will all be.

Anonymous's picture

Sports Council

Surely someone other than the little people realize Knoxville is only a gas stop and big gulp on the way to somewhere else... we had our chance and let two great tourist site go... one to Chattanooga and one to Gatlinburg... who would want to go see fish... oh nobody except maybe 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 visitors a year combined...

turn the convention center into HGTV University... come spend the week or weekend learning from the folks on the TV shows... HGTV, DIY, FOODNetwork and Fine Living... least you will get vistors and the property will go back on the tax rolls and stop bleeding the city dry...

Number9's picture

I told you so, things are desperate at the Sports Corps...

I called it "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", but Sandra Clark had even a better description. I thought I was very clever but I have to give the win to Sandra. The Gilligan's Island theme wins hands down.

No offense to Sandra but Gilligan would have to be Lumpy Lambert.

"Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip..."

A three hour cruise... Our friends at the Sports Corps hosted members of city council and county commission on the new riverboat yesterday, an event put together by relatively new staff member Archie Ellis.

We just hope they got back to the dock safely. Remember the S.S. Minnow and Gilligan’s Island?

Let’s cast this party:
Gilligan - Archie Ellis
The Skipper - Mark Brown
The Millionaire - Bill Haslam
Mrs. Howell - Barbara Pelot
The Professor - Dr. Bill Lyons
Ginger - Diane Jordan
Mary Ann - Marilyn Roddy


Sandra Clark's picture


You say this, 9, only because you do not know Archie Ellis. -- s.

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