Hospitality and Leisure

Tourism is a top contributor to the state's economy and the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region is the leader.

Home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Gatlinburg, and hundreds of tourist destinations throughout the region, this business sector has much to offer new businesses.

Advantages include:

  • a workforce of over 550,000
  • bachelor's degrees from the University of Tennessee in restaurant and food service management and/or hotel and tourism management
  • three community colleges offering associate's degrees in hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts.
  • Resort towns
    • Gatlinburg
    • Pigeon Forge
  • Two convention centers