Nashville once again came out on top in statewide visitor spending with $6.5 billion in 2017, according to state tourism officials. The city's shareÂ accounts for nearlyÂ one-third of domestic visitor spendingÂ across Tennessee and is anÂ 8.5 percent increaseÂ over $6 billion in 2016. It was announced earlier this year that Nashville attractedÂ 14.5 million visitors last year.
On a state level, visitor spending totaled $20.8 billion, which generated $1.8 billion in state and local tax revenue, 184,300 jobs and $4.67 billion in payroll, according to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.Â Tourism is the second-largest industry in the state, behind agriculture.
What's the breakdown?
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. released a break down of Davidson County's growth rate in several categories, as well as its share of the state total:
|Davidson County||2017||Â Percent growth over 2016||Â Percent share of state|
|Domestic Direct Visitor Spending||Â $6.5 billion||Â 8.5%||Â 32.9%|
|Employment||Â 68,320||Â 5%||Â 39%|
|Payroll||Â $1.65 billion||Â 9.3%||Â 37.1%|
|State Tax Receipts||Â $329 million||Â 7.2%||Â 30.6%|
|Local Tax Receipts||Â $167 million||Â 6.5%||Â 29.1%|
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Things to know
- The top five counties in visitor spending include Davidson County, followed byÂ ShelbyÂ (Memphis) at $3.5 billion;Â SevierÂ (Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge) at $2.3 billion;Â HamiltonÂ (Chattanooga) at $1.1 billion; andÂ KnoxÂ (Knoxville) at $1.1 billion.
- According to the report, Tennessee is the fastest growing state in the country for international spending, with the top feeder countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Mexico and Japan.
- Hospitality is Nashvilleâ€™s second-largest industry, behind healthcare.