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Tennessee boasts fastest-growing state for international travel in the U.S.

November 28, 2018

By Tamas Mondovics

Tennessee, the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll is delivering a great experience of beauty, history and family adventure, for music lovers and vacationers. As reported by the Tourism Economics, Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $19.3 billion in economic impact, more than $1.7 billion in state and local tax revenue and more than 176,500 tourism-related jobs. Thanks to such numbers, Tennessee now boasts of the highest growth rate for international arrivals in the U.S., and places among the Top 10 travel destinations in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year, with 113.6 million person stays in 2017, an increase of 3.3 percent over 2016.

“Tennessee experienced very strong growth in both international air arrivals and foreign credit card activity in 2017,” said Geoff Lacher, senior economist at Tourism Economics. “We estimate 11 percent growth in international arrivals for Tennessee, which was the highest state growth rate in the entire United States.”

Tourism Economics data also shows that international travelers spent $933.6 million in Tennessee last year. This is an increase of 38.7 percent over five years from 2012 to 2017.

“Every day we work to showcase the wonderful assets of Tennessee to the rest of nation and the world,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Our beauty, culture, history, food experiences, family opportunities and, of course, the music…is resonating with visitors.”

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