CMA Fest 2019 has another record-breaking year, generating $65M for City of Nashville

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 13:10:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The 2019 CMA Fest had another record-breaking year, generating $65 million in direct visitor spending for the four-day festival.

This year's festival record is up 6 percent from 2018's record of $61.2 million, according to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

"We’re incredibly proud that CMA Fest offers us the opportunity to support music education while also making a positive economic impact on the City of Nashville," said Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association. This year we welcomed visitors from all 50 states and a record 37 international countries. A multi-day event of this size wouldn’t be possible without the engagement from our entire community. Pre-sale passes for next year’s festival are already outpacing recent years, and we look forward to introducing our city to even more visitors from around the globe in 2020."

CMA Fest is the city's largest annual tourism event. In 2019, the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium were sold out. More than 50,000 people were in attendance each night.

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. said this year's festival saw a rise in the number of out-of-town visitors who attended and a small decrease in the amount of local attendees.

The top six states visitors traveled from were Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York. International attendees came from countries across the world including Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, India and Switzerland.

The 2020 CMA Fest is scheduled from June 4 through 7.