About Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

$23.27 Billion
Travel Expenditures
Jobs Generated
$1.92 Billion
State & Local Tax Revenues
126.18 Million
Domestic Person-Stays

Tennessee hit a record-high $23 billion in domestic and international travel spending in 2019, marking a decade of consecutive growth. Tennessee also saw 126 million domestic person stays in 2019, up 5.7 percent from 119 million the previous year. Tennessee tourism was on a record track in the first three months of 2020 before COVID-19. As the state’s 2nd largest industry, restoring tourism is vital to our state’s economic health. Tourist Development works with partners across the state to promote our music, our mountains and world-class attractions that make Tennessee a global destination of choice.

The department also operates 16 Welcome Centers along the interstate highway system in Tennessee. Each of the Welcome Centers is equipped with a toll-free telephone system allowing travelers to make hotel, motel, and campground reservations anywhere in Tennessee, as well as free Wi-Fi.

TDTD Strategic Plan

The great news as we plan for the next four years is that tourism is thriving in Tennessee. As world-class investors in lodging, attractions and restaurants see the business opportunity in Tennessee – so do we. - Commissioner Mark Ezell

2020-2023 Strategic Plan

To increase the state’s economic viability and support the growth of tourism in all 95 counties by inspiring travel, developing programs and enhancing industry partnerships which drive job creation, tax revenue and new investments, thereby enriching the quality of life for every Tennessean.

To be the global music destination of choice; a diverse American experience offering family fun, outdoor adventure, live entertainment, sporting events, festivals and a showcase of craftsmanship at the crossroads of rich history, local cuisine and renowned scenic beauty.