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The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) recently released data showing the strength of the tourism industry in the state. Travelers in Tennessee spend an estimated $66 million per day, according to economic impact data from U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.
County data shows that Knox County is one of nine counties that experienced more than 40% growth in year-over-year travel spending. Numbers also show that 2021 visitor spending in Knox County is up 42% from 2020 and is just shy of the record spending recorded in 2019.
Key highlights from the TDTD report include:
Leisure and hospitality industry highlights (source: Tennessee Department of Revenue/Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development) include:
“When you are asked why tourism is important to me and my family in Knox County, the answer is that visitors generate more than $130 million in state and local taxes each year, which equates to a $693 tax savings for every Knox County household,” says Farragut Tourism Manager Karen Tindal.