Sep 18, 2023 - News

Tennessee tourism spending soared in 2022

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Visitors to Tennessee spent $29 billion while traveling through the state last year, according to a new state report measuring the financial impact of tourism.

  • That's a 19% increase over 2021.

Why it matters: Tourism is one of Tennessee's top industries. The visitor spending generated $2.9 billion in state and local tax revenue.

Zoom in: The report found Davidson County was the top driver of direct visitor spending in 2022, accounting for more than $9.9 billion. (That's up 35% compared to 2021.)

  • If not for these tourism-generated taxes, the report says, Nashville households would each pay $3,477 more in state and local taxes.

By the numbers: 141 million people visited Tennessee last year, according to the report.

Explore the county-level data

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