Hamblen County received some welcome news on Tuesday.
Hamblen County, the third-smallest county in Tennessee in terms of land mass, gained $106.65 million in travel expenditures last year, a 6.18% increase from its 2017 numbers, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Also, travel in Hamblen County generated $6.58 million in state sales tax for an increase of 4.65%, and $2.32 million in local sales tax for a 4.61% increase.
The U.S. Travel Association defines a traveler as anyone traveling more than 50 miles one way for business or pleasure.
Overall, Tennessee saw 119 million domestic visitors in 2018, up 5.1 percent from 113 million the previous year and hit a record-high $22 billion in domestic and international travel spending. Travelers in Tennessee spend an estimated $60 million per day during that period.
In 2018, Tennessee ranked number three behind Pennsylvania and Colorado for international spending growth over 2017, according to Tourism Economics.
The report’s findings also show tourism’s value to Tennessee taxpayers. Travel in the state generated 189,757 jobs and $1.81 billion in state and local tax revenue, an increase of over $50 million in new state and local tax dollars in 2018 compared to the previous year.