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Tennessee has record-setting year for tourism

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Tennessee continues to be a popular destination for vacationers, with a new record-setting year for the state.

Nearly $18.4 billion dollars came into the state in 2015, up 3.7% according to the U.S. Travel Association.

The top five counties include: 

  • Davidson ($5.686 billion)
  • Shelby ($3.196 billion)
  • Sevier ($2.031 billion)
  • Hamilton ($1.016 billion)
  • Knox ($1.014 billion)

All 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures; 19 counties saw more than $100 million each.

Tennessee is ranked in the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. for total travel, with more than 105 million in total visitation, a 3.9% increase over 2014, as reported by D.K. Shifflet & Associates. 

“The hard work of Tennessee’s tourism industry, strategically led by the Department of Tourist Development and the Tennessee Tourism Committee, continues to produce record results,” Gov. Haslam said. “More travelers from around the world are visiting Tennessee each year, and the $1.6 billion in sales tax revenue and growth in jobs is good news for every Tennessean.” 

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