Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett on Friday addressed tourism professionals through the 2018 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Hospitality & Tourism, year of growth thanking industry members for inspiring happen to be Tennessee and congratulating them on another record-breaking.
During his state-of-the-industry address, Commissioner Triplett discussed the Tennessee Music Pathways tourism development project.
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“Big to small, main street to back road, this statewide program identifies, explains and preserves the legacy of music and connects fans to the social people, stories and places that produce Tennessee the Soundtrack of America,” said Mr. Triplett. “Guests discovering the world-class music, food, culture and history, outdoor experiences and adventure that produce Tennessee ‘The Soundtrack of America’ helps the tourism industry fuels and grow our economy.”
On, Sept. 15, the department kicked off Tennessee Music Pathways with the Six Degrees to Tennessee Roots Jam. The function at the brand new Daisy Theatre on Beale Street in Memphis, an end on the Pathways, featured performances by GRAMMY-Award winning group The Roots with special guests Booker T. Jones, Dustin Lynch, Elle King, Estelle, The Isley Brothers, JJ Julius Son from Project and Kaleo Pat of Three 6 Mafia. Each artist performed a genuine hit song plus a song that highlighted their musical connection back again to Tennessee. The department launched the Six Degrees platform, together with Rolling Stone, that allows music fans to enter any music artist to see their connection back again to hawaii of Tennessee in six degrees or less, made to drive traffic to the new Tennessee Music Pathways section of tnvacation.com.
The Pathways’ online platform includes a lot more than 300 sights already, including attractions, existing historic markers, birthplaces, resting places, locations and hometowns of Tennessee’ s musical legends and pioneers in addition to music venues, each day entertainment districts and festivals where visitors can enjoy live music experiences. Triplett also unveiled the initial custom Tennessee Music Pathways marker featuring the complete story of jazz artist Clarence Beeks, better referred to as “King Pleasure,” which is installed near his hometown of Oakdale, Tennessee. Markers and signs will still be installed for a long time to come.
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Commissioner Triplett referenced economic impact numbers originally announced; s Musicians Hall of Museum and Fame. Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached a fresh all-time record most of $20.7 billion in 2017, a 6.year 3 percent increase over the previous, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. An archive 113.6 million person stays were recorded in 2017, year in a row making Tennessee a high 10 travel state for the fourth, in accordance with D.K. Shifflet.
For the 12th consecutive, tourism topped $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, reaching $1.8 billion. That marks a 7.6 percent increase from 2016, greater than the national growth of travel related state tax revenues of 4.6 percent. Tourism generated 184 also,300 jobs for Tennesseans, a 3.year over year 1 percent growth.
“Counties, cities and rural communities work hard to create our state a premier destination, welcoming visitors from round the global world,” Governor Haslam said. “Our state’s second biggest industry continues to see outstanding growth, break visitation records, boost Tennessee’s economy and create new jobs.”
Tourism may be the No. 2 industry in the constant state behind agriculture. All 95 Tennessee counties had a lot more than $1 million in tourist spending. 20 counties saw a lot more than $100 million in the economic impact of tourism.
Tennessee may be the fastest-growing state for international travel in the U also.S. International travelers spent a lot more than $930 million inside our state this past year, a rise of 38.7 percent over five years from 2012 to 2017. That’s the best percentage upsurge in international travel of any constant state in America. Canada is not any. 1 in visitation to the Volunteer State, accompanied by the uk, Germany, Australia, Japan and mexico.
Other highlights of the conference included keynote speaker CBS and journalist News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, conference attendees hearing from gubernatorial candidates Karl Bill and Dean Lee, and educational seminars on topics like: Tennessee Songwriters Week, attracting tourists through culinary tourism, new technologies in the hospitality Tennessee&rsquo and industry;s growing international travel market. Night event at the Kingsport Farmers Market & industry professionals got an opportunity to connect at the opening; Carousel. The Stars of the Gala Thursday night honored front-line industry businesses and employees.
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I-24 Tiftonia/Hamilton County earned the Welcome Center. The Tiftonia Welcome Center features eco-friendly solar power panels, recycling, a Geo Thermal OPERATING-SYSTEM, on-site security, a Civil War exhibit in the cabin area with rocking chairs and a fireplace, alongside weather monitors in the lobby. In 2017, a lot more than 14 million travelers utilized the state’s 15 welcome centers.
Currently, 14 of Tennessee’each day s 15 welcome centers are open a day, a week seven days, with knowledgeable staff greeting travelers entering Tennessee.
The Governor’s Conference on Hospitality & Tourism is made by the Tennessee tourism and Hospitality Association together with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Kingsport Visitors and Convention Bureau and hospitality and tourism partners from across Northeast Tennessee.
For more info, contact Jill Kilgore, pr media manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at 615-927-1320 or by email at [email protected].
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