‘Stay & Play in the UC’ Travel Expo coming soon at Hyder Burks

State parks, waterfalls, lakes & rivers, adventure tourism, history & music, the Upper Cumberland region has something for everyone in the family

COOKEVILLE – The annual Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show and its companion travel show“Stay & Play in the UC” Travel Expo, will showcase the best the region has to offer residents and visitors alike March 1 – 3 at the Hyder Burks Pavilion in Cookeville.

As in previous years, tourism-related businesses in the UC will have information about attractions and a preview of the 2019 entertainment program. The Stay & Play Show brings all things tourism and Upper Cumberland travel under one roof, enabling consumers a unique opportunity to see what the region has to offer.

While builders, garden centers and designers are helping with the planning for new construction, renovation or landscaping, tourism attractions in the UC will be giving show visitors great ideas for vacations and weekend or day trips within just a short drive from home.

Ruth Dyal, executive director of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association (UCTA), is excited about getting the word out about the numerous and exciting adventure, relaxation, entertainment and dining opportunities the UC has to offer.

“We have so much to see and do in the Upper Cumberland,” Dyal said. “There is something for everyone of all ages and interests.  Whether you are planning week, weekend or just day tripping, as a couple, a family or a group, there is a memorable experience waiting for you here.”

Information on the Upper Cumberland’s cultural, historic and scenic attractions as well as its outdoor recreational opportunities and wide variety of lodging and dining options will be available at the Stay & Play in the UC Travel Expo. 

Park rangers from the Tennessee State Parks in the UC region will be available to tell about all the exciting vacation packages and programs. The rangers will also present their Bird of Prey Wildlife exhibit. 

“Representatives of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association and its member businesses and organizations will be available throughout show hours to answer any questions attendees may have and to assist in planning trip itineraries,” Dyal said.“There will be an abundance of literature for everyone to take home and read at their leisure, including the 2019 Tennessee Vacation Guide and map.” 

According to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, tourism in Tennessee is a key contributor to our economy, not only on a state level but also right here in the UC. Tourism means business in our communities since many jobs and businesses in our region are directly supported by the industry. Tourists spent a total of $420.90million in the Upper Cumberland region in 2017, a 6.3 percent increase over 2016.

To find out more about the 2019 Stay and Play in the Upper Cumberland, contact Dyal at the UCTA, 931-537-6347 or tourism@uppercumberland.org.

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