Tennessee Tourism witnesses record-breaking year of economic impact

Published on : Wednesday, August 23, 2017

tennesseeShelby County located in Tennessee was able to draw over $3 billion in terms of tourism revenues last year, ranking it second in the state and marking a record-breaking year for the tourism sector in the Volunteer State.


Travel expenses in Tennessee were about $19.6 billion in 2016.


The figures mark a 4.7% rise from 2015 as per the U.S. Travel Association. Bill Haslam, the Governor of Tennesee as well as Kevin Triplett who is the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development had announced the statistics from Memphis on Tuesday in a certain event at Clayborn Temple.


Haslam mentioned that an increasing number of people from across the world continue to arrive in Tennessee every year.


He went on to add that the $1.7 billion in sales tax revenue as well as the rising job growth are happy news for everyone. The tax revenues from tourism in Tennessee had topped about $1 billion for the last 11 years as per the state figures. Tourism industry had been able to generate $1.7 billion in terms of taxes for the local and state governments last year.


Tourism sector has been responsible for the creation of 176,500 jobs for the people of this part of the world last year.


Triplett said that the tourism engine of the state is centered around experiences, history and music. And, everything in that is being improved with the authenticity and Southern hospitality of Tennessee, he added.


Davidson County (Nashville) had topped the state in tourism spending at about $5.996 billion last year.


It was then followed by Shelby County (Memphis) at $3.335 billion, Sevier County (Gatlinburg) by $2.217 billion, Hamilton County (Chattanooga) at $1.060 billion and Knox County (Knoxville) at $1.056 billion.


And, all 95 counties of Tennessee witnessed more than $1 million in tourism spending and 19 counties saw over $100 million.


This implies that more than 110 million people had visited Tennessee last year.


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