May 30, 2018
Southeast Tourism Society Invites Tennessee Tourism Industry to Washington, D.C.

Southeast Tourism Society Invites Tennessee Tourism Industry to Washington, D.C.


The 2018 Congressional Summit on Travel and Tourism produced by Southeast Tourism Society is scheduled for July 17-19 in Washington, D.C. Barbara Wolke, senior vice president of the Rutherford County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is serving as Tennessee’s chair for this year’s event.

The STS Congressional Summit on Travel and Tourism is an opportunity to connect federal policies to local communities and talk about tourism in the halls of Congress. Industry leaders engage with legislators to share the economic impact of tourism and to tell Tennessee’s success stories.

Wolke has been involved in tourism for more than 35 years, of those years nearly 15 have been with the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I am thrilled that Tennessee and our own Rutherford County continue to drive economic development through the continued growth in tourism,” says Wolke.  “I am honored to be involved with such an important event that supports our industry and look forward to the opportunity to share the importance of tourism with legislators.”

About Southeast Tourism Society

The STS is comprised of twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  The organization is dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the Southeast by uniting all segments of the Travel and Tourism Industry; promoting tourism within the member states, fostering cooperation, sharing resources and providing continuing education. For more information on the schedule of events or to register for the STS Congressional Summit, visit

About Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is the primary marketing arm of the county. Marketing efforts include print and digital advertising in national publications, maintaining a presence across social media channels and in Tennessee state welcome centers as well as working with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. The CVB works closely with event organizers, sporting groups like TSSAA, group tour operators and leisure travelers to promote Rutherford County as a destination. For more information, visit the CVB’s website: