2016 attracted $3.2B tourism revenue to Memphis

Published on : Friday, June 23, 2017

MemphisMemphis economy has a good chance to get even stronger in the coming days as one of its lifelines will get sturdy. The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau on Thursday talked about tourism in Memphis. The bureau proudly declared great financial numbers in front of a packed auditorium at the brand new Graceland Guest House.

 
Last year, Memphis tourism produced $3.2 billion in terms of travel expenditures. The Bluff City attracted more than 10.5 million visitors, $158 million in state and local taxes, and created 35,000 local jobs.

 
To quote Kevin Kane, President and CEO of Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, ‘well it just continues to build. This is a hot destination; we’re in a great location in the country. We got unique, one-of-a-kind amenities that people from around the world want to see. And there’s no end in sight.”

 
This year had a nice start too, with the NCAA Regionals selling out hotels and the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death anticipating to bring in large crowds for Elvis Week.

 
To quote Kane, ‘we know it’s just going to be a really strong summer for us.’ Chris Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA said, ‘Memphis being included in that film will be a part of giving people motivation to not only come to the United States but to make sure Memphis is on that itinerary.’

 
With this declaration, its being expected that our city of distinctive style continues to bring in millions of visitors from all over the world. To quote Kane, ‘we just want Memphians to be very proud of their hometown. We got a destination that attracts over 11 million visitors a year from all over the world so obviously there’s something here that people want to see.’

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