Tennessee sets new tourism record with $20.7billion in direct visitor spending

 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 


TennesseeTennessee, a state located in the southeastern region of the United States has reached another tourism milestone in 2017, topping $20 billion spent by visitors. It is for the first time ever it happened.



Gov. Bill Haslam announced the record tourism numbers in a press conference Tuesday at the Musicians Hall of Fame inside Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Haslam emphasised that the record dollar figures — $20.7 billion to be exact — is direct visitor spending and not economic impact, an accounting tool that is sometimes viewed with skepticism in tourism circles.



Without a state income tax, the state relies heavily on sales tax to fund its state and local governments. The booming tourism industry aided local governments across the state last year, Haslam said, with all 95 counties topping at least $1 million in direct visitor spending.



Tennessee is a state in U.S with musical paradise. The music-fueled tourism industry in Davidson County led the way with a record $6.5 billion in direct visitor spending. Shelby County followed with $3.5 billion. Then came Sevier County with $2 billion, followed by both Hamilton and Knox counties with $1.1 billion each. Working with tourism leaders from across the state, the Haslam administration has invested in marketing efforts to attract far-away tourists who tend to stay longer and spend more money.



The Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett said that the rapid increase of tourists’ arrival numbers show Tennessee is a destination of choice for visitors around the world. However, we would not have these numbers if not for the capital investments, renovations and dedication made by tourism partners across the state to deliver great experiences that create wonderful memories.



Nashville’s leisure tourism market has been achieving record breaking numbers for several years. According to data from the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., the city has set monthly hotel room night records in 89 of the last 92 months. The strong tourism business in Nashville has attracted substantial capital investment in the form of new hotels. Nine new hotels with 1,380 rooms have opened in the last year.



Overall, the tourism in Nashville has accounted for $1.8 billion in revenue collections for state and local governments.



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