Representatives and partners from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association visited the Tennessee State Capitol earlier this month to discuss economic impact and the importance of tourism in the region with area legislators.
The group met individually with 15 legislators representing the eight-county region that encompasses Northeast Tennessee to illustrate continued growth and investment in the tourism industry. According to a report by the U.S. Travel Association and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Northeast Tennessee generated more than $835 million in economic impact to the region from domestic travel.
Partners from the NTTA also hosted a record crowd of State Legislators and staff of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to an industry breakfast on March 6, in which county and city updates were shared including tourism related accolades and accomplishments from 2018 and upcoming events and projects in 2019 and 2020.
Tennessee ranks among the Top 10 travel destinations in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year. Northeast Tennessee counties of Sullivan and Washington remain in the top 10 visited areas of Tennessee.