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 share accounts for nearly one-third of domestic visitor spending across Tennessee and is an 8.5 percent increase over $6 billion in 2016. It was announced earlier this year that Nashville attracted 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. 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 County2017 Percent growth over 2016 Percent share of state
Domestic Direct Visitor Spending $6.5 billion  8.5%  32.9%
Employment 68,320  5%  39%
Payroll $1.65 billion  9.3%  37.1%
State Tax Receipts $329 million  7.2%  30.6%
Local Tax Receipts $167 million  6.5%  29.1%

    
Things to know

  • The top five counties in visitor spending include Davidson County, followed by Shelby (Memphis) at $3.5 billion; Sevier (Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge) at $2.3 billion; Hamilton (Chattanooga) at $1.1 billion; and Knox (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 Nashville’s second-largest industry, behind healthcare.