Tennessee set an all-time record in 2017 by reaching $20.7 in visitor spending.
Governor Bill Haslam announced the record-breaking tourism numbers Tuesday morning at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Tourism topped $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue for the 12th consecutive year – reaching $1.8 billion. Tourism also generated 184,300 jobs for Tennesseans, a 3.1 percent growth year over year.
“Our state’s second biggest industry continues to see outstanding growth, break visitation records, boost Tennessee’s economy and create new jobs. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Tourism Committee continue to produce record results that fuel our state’s economy,” Haslam said.
Haslam said all 95 counties enjoyed an increase in tourism expenditures.
Five counties exceeded $1 billion in travel expenditures, including Davidson ($6.505 billion), Shelby ($3.503 billion), Sevier ($2.276 billion), Hamilton ($1.112 billion), and Knox ($1.097 billion).
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