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As Tennessee’s No. 2 industry, tourism has had another exceptional year, continuing to break visitation records and exceed economic impact numbers year over year. Tennessee’s skyrocketing growth is due in great part to key tourism partners throughout the state who invest in new attractions, groundbreaking expansions and important improvements. Those partnerships and efforts are reflected in our Annual Report and Economic Impact reports.

2019 Annual Report

Tennessee’s tourism industry is the second largest industry in the state. Learn about TDTD’s initiatives, partnership opportunities and resources for tourism industry professionals.

2018 County Snapshots

These snapshots provide a breakdown of tourism’s economic impact for each county. Highlighted are the additional taxes every household would have to pay if the tourism dollars were not present.

2018 Economic Impact

Tennessee’s growth is outpacing the nation in all areas of travel; including tax revenue, expenditures, payroll and employment. Tourism would not have these numbers if it weren’t for renovations, capital investments and passion shown by tourism partners.

2018 Annual Report

Tennessee continues to see rapid tourism growth across all 95 counties. Learn more about the initiatives TDTD and tourism partners accomplished to reach a record-breaking high of $20.7 billion in annual economic impact.

2017 County Snapshots

These snapshots provide economic impact information. Included are the additional taxes every household in your county would have to pay to compensate if the tourism dollars were not present.

2017 Economic Impact

Tourism reached $20.7 billion in economic impact with $1.8 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, higher than the national growth of travel-related state tax revenues.

FY 2017 Annual Report

Tourism is the No. 2 industry in Tennessee. See the marketing, travel trade, public relations and outreach initiatives TDTD conducted to promote “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”

2016 County Snapshots

These economic impact "snapshots" by county include additional taxes that every household in each county would have to pay to compensate if the tourism dollars were not present.

2016 Economic Impact

Tennessee tourism generated $19.3 billion in economic impact in 2016, contributing more than $1.7 billion in state and local sales tax revenue to the state’s bottom line.