Tennessee: 2020 tourism decline not as bad as nation's rate
Tennessee officials said the state saw a lower rate of decline in tourism spending than the country as a whole in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development said the state had $16.8 billion in domestic and international travel spending last year in a report from the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.
That's a 31.6% decline from the previous year, compared with a 42% drop for the nation at large. The numbers coincide with efforts from Republican Gov. Bill Lee's administration to drum up tourism amid the pandemic.
The East Tennessee Economic Development Agency markets and recruits business for the 15 counties in the greater Knoxville-Oak Ridge region of East Tennessee. Visit www.eteda.org
Published August 12, 2021