Big bucks expected for Chattanooga Labor Day weekend
Thousands are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend to enjoy one of the last few weekends of summer. Many are expected to visit Chattanooga.
Tennessee visitors spent more than $20 billion last year, setting a new record for tourism in the state and in Hamilton County.
The DellaVecchia family is one of the thousands who will spend Labor Day weekend in the Scenic City.
“We love coming here. Relax, walk around, have some fun. Bring Misty with us. We get to enjoy ourselves,” Joe DellaVecchia said.
They plan to eat at downtown restaurants, shop local and make a stop at the aquarium.
“We will be here some point this weekend, yes," DellaVecchia said.
Crews with the aquarium spent the last few weeks preparing for the influx of people.
“We try to provide more programming, engage the guests as much as possible. During peak holiday weekends like this, we try to make sure we have visitor services staff. Really take care of the guest at a number of touch points throughout their experience,” Thom Benson, with the Tennessee Aquarium, said.
The tour group Hillbilly Jeep Turs will also be busier than usual. They expect to see three times as many customers this weekend compared to a typical summer weekend.
“Labor Day weekend is going to be extremely busy. Which is great because I think everybody should explore Chattanooga in their own way. I am excited for everybody to come to town,” Britt Self, manager of Hillbilly Jeep Turs, said.
Earlier this week, Governor Haslam announced that Tennessee reached a tourism milestone in 2017. For the first time ever, visitors to Tennessee spent over $20 billion. Five counties exceeded one billion dollars in travel spending. Hamilton County was one of them.
“When all those folks visit, they don't only get to see Tennessee, but it helps us have more money to pay teachers more and deal with opioid addiction, and all the other things we want to do as a state,” Governor Haslam said.
This summer, there have only been two three-day weekends, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
“Fourth of July fell on a Wednesday this year. There may have been a number of folks who delayed travel plans or did not do as much because of the holiday falling right in the middle of the week this year. We are hoping that there are a lot of folks making Chattanooga part of their travel plans for Labor Day Weekend," Benson added.
For more information about fun stuff to do this weekend in the Tennessee Valley, visit the Chattanooga Visitors Center's website.