Tourism gaining traction in Tennessee

Tourism gaining traction in Tennessee

📅August 25th, 2015, 23:20

Whether for business, fun or a combination of both, more than 100 million domestic and international travelers ventured to our great state in 2014, with Knox County among the top five counties for tourism.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett brought us this great news and more at a press conference last week announcing Tennessee’s tourism growth – and its first time to reach 100 million visitors in one year.

The influx of people raised direct travel expenditures to $17.7 billion, a 6.3 percent increase over 2013. Tennessee also has moved into the Top 10 states for domestic travel.

“We want Tennessee to be a place people from all over the world want to visit,” Haslam said.

So do we at the Knoxville Convention Center, and we especially want visitors to enjoy our city and its fine Southern hospitality.

Tourists had an economic impact in 2014 of nearly $1 billion in Knox County, which is made evident by expenditures in local business, restaurants and hotels. That figure represents an increase of 6.2 percent over 2013, which is not surprising to me, given the team we have in Knoxville.

Through the efforts of Visit Knoxville, the Knoxville Convention Center sales team, UT Conferences, hotel partners and other agencies, we have seen a significant increase in traffic to our city over the last few years, and I am thrilled to have numbers to show our positive momentum.

It’s great to be part of the Knoxville tourism community and to play a major role in the industry’s growth. The Knoxville Convention Center has held more than 3,000 events, as of this year, since opening in 2002, and event booking, attendance and revenue numbers continue to steadily climb.

The Knoxville Convention Center is grateful to the clients who host annual events at our facility, such as UT Conferences’ Destination Imagination, which once again welcomed 18,000 children and chaperones in May 2015.

We always actively seek new conference and opportunities, such as the American Cornhole Association’s World Championships held in July. ESPN’s summer visit to the cornhole championships allowed us to showcase our city and our facility to a national audience. We have been very successful at both retaining and recruiting business to Knoxville, and the future looks bright. We have national and international conventions and meetings booked as far as 2022!

The Knoxville Convention Center is proud to help welcome thousands of visitors each year to our great city, and the top-quality service of our Knoxville tourism team keeps them coming back.