NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a record-setting $20.year 8 billion was spent on tourism in Tennessee last, a 6.3 percent increase from 2016.
Gov. Bill Haslam revealed Tuesday that Tennessee earned $1.8 billion in state and local tax revenue from tourism, a 7.6 percent increase from 2016. That increase is greater than the 4.6 percent national growth of travel-related state tax revenues.
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Haslam said all 95 counties had a rise in tourism spending last, with 20 counties topping $100 million.
Five counties exceeded $1 billion: Davidson County and Nashville at $6.5 billion; $3.5 billion in Shelby County, where Memphis is situated; $2 billion in Sevier County, gateway to the Smoky Mountains; $1.1 billion in Hamilton County, Chattanooga’s county; and $1.1 billion in Knox County, home to Knoxville.
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