Tennessee Achieves Record Tourism Economic Impact
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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and state tourism development department commissioner Kevin Triplett announced record-high economic tourism impact on the state this summer, the Kingsport Times-News reported.
Direct domestic and international travel spending on tourism in the Volunteer State reached a record $17.7 billion last year, signaling a 6.3 percent rise from 2013.
Tourism-related jobs also rose 2.8 percent in 2014 to 152,900 across the state.
Meanwhile, state and local sales tax revenue tied to Tennessee's tourism industry exceeded $1.5 billion, marking an impressive seven percent increase from 2013.
"This increase in tourism across the board is a result of the strategic work of Tourist Development, the Tourism Committee, and the entire tourism and hospitality industry," Haslam said via the Times-News. "We want Tennessee to be a place people from all over the world want to visit."
In 2014, Tennessee recorded a historic 101.3 million person-stays, a figure representing a 5.1 percent increase over the previous year.
Triplett said "tourists are drawn to Tennessee for our world-renown(ed) music, outstanding attractions, (and) stunning scenic beauty."
"But, at the end of the day, people keep coming to Tennessee for our authenticity and exceptional Southern hospitality," he added. "That is the 'made in Tennessee' brand delivered to our visitors every day by our communities and partners."
Haslam and Triplett also announced that the state's customer satisfaction rating came in at 8.5 out of 10, a score greater than the average American destination.
Given the above average traveler satisfaction with Tennessee in 2014, it appears the state is poised to set new records in 2015.
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