Tennessee, Nashville see more gains in tourism

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Tennessee tourism officials released its 2017 report on Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties on Tuesday, showing increased spending both in Nashville and Tennessee at large.

According to the report, domestic visitor spending in Nashville reached $6.5 billion in 2017. That represents an 8.5 percent increase over domestic visitor spending in 2016.

The $6.5 million in spending represents nearly one third of the state’s record $19.8 billion in domestic travel expenditures.

The growing tourism numbers are part of a seven-year streak of growth in Nashville. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, hotel rooms in Nashville have seen record growth in 89 of the past 92 months.

Four other Tennessee counties took in more than $1 billion in tourism dollars in 2017, including Shelby County, Sevier County, Hamilton County and Knox County.

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