Greene County partnership seeking to take advantage of growth in tourism industry

Published on : Saturday, September 2, 2017

Greene CountyThe Greene County Partnership is aiming to take advantage of a growth in the tourism industry to help attract more tourism dollars in the county.

 
Tammy Kinser, the partnership’s director of tourism, said that the county has a wealth of tourism assets that can be used to attract visitors and their money to the area.

 
Kinser pointed out that the county could be bringing in more revenue from sports, outdoor recreation, historical sites, hiking, biking, horseback riding, the Appalachian Trail and more. She said, “I would like to see a nice, large sport complex, and we do have property here that could be transformed into something like that. When we see such an economic impact on this community from an event such as the (National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Baseball) world series, it’s a given. It’s totally a win-win situation for everybody.”

 
Kinser said that a property located near Interstate 81 at Lick Creek that could be suitable for a sports complex. She said that the financial return for building the same would be worth the cost.

 
When asked about the bed and breakfast niche of the hospitality industry, Kinser said there is room for more in the area.

 
“I’ve spoken with some people and they’ve actually called in and asked me, ‘What’s the market like there?’ ‘What is the likelihood of me having a successful bed and breakfast there?’” she said. “Nolichuckey Bluffs is very successful. They have the cabins and they’ve also added the glass wedding chapel. That’s another attractant. You’ve got Living at Peace Farm, which is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s one cabin.”

 
Kinser said that it would be more attractive to entrepreneurs wanting to open B&Bs if they knew that the properties available were closer into town. Outdoor recreation is another area where Kinser sees the potential for growth.

 
“Tourism is economic development,” she said.

 
According to recent news release from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, visitors spent a total of $87.1 million in Greene County in 2016, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the prior year. A total of 628 Greene Countians are employed in tourism-related fields.

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