With a record-breaking visitor volume of 2.36 million people to Rutherford County in 2018, the economic impact has followed.
According to figures released by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the U.S. Travel Association last week, Rutherford County saw an increase of 4.6 percent in tourist spending from 2017 to 2018.
Tourism-related spending in Rutherford County in 2018 increased from $351 million to $367 million, placing Rutherford County in the top 10 counties across the state for travel-related expenditures. There was an increase of 230,000 visitors in 2018 from the previous year.
“With the increasing number of entertainment venues and local businesses, our tourism expenditures continue to outpace 86 of 95 counties in Tennessee,” Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau Chair Travis Emore said in a new release. “The Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to exceed expectations and accommodate those visitors who want the benefits of small-town living with the amenities of a major metropolitan area."