About Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

$22.02 Billion
In Annual Economic Impact
189, 757
Jobs Generated for Tennesseans
$1.81 Billion
In State and Local Sales Tax Revenue
119.31 Million
Person Stays

In 2018, Tennessee tourism hit a record-high $22.02 billion in annual economic impact. Tourism generates 189,757 jobs for Tennesseans and produces $1.81 billion in state and local sales tax revenue. Travel to Tennessee topped 119.31 million person stays, up 5.1 percent from the previous year.

The department's marketing activities promote Tennessee to vacationers in the United States as well as internationally.

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.



The mission of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is to motivate travel to and within Tennessee by inspiring enjoyment, creating memories, producing a desire to return, and establishing key long-term relationships that result in visitors becoming residents.


The promise of Tennessee – the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll – is to be the global music destination of choice. To deliver an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is the "Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee."


Music, History, Family Adventure, Scenic Beauty & Outdoor and Experiences


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