Money flies into Hamblen County when discs fly.

The Economic Impact Report for the 2021 Tennessee State Disc Golf Championship, which took place June 4-6, has been released by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce and it reports that the tournament had a direct economic impact of $266,000 in the area economy.

“The tournament continues to prove that Morristown and Hamblen County are on the right track in their pursuit of becoming a premier destination for disc golf,” said Anne Ross, director of tourism at the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s our niche in the sports tourism arena.”

The direct economic impact is the money spent on hotels, gas, restaurants and other outlets where participants spent their money. It does not include the secondary impacts such as increased hotel tax revenue.

The tournament hosted 406 players from out of state and 154 local players who commuted daily for the tournament.

“Even those who are driving in every day from the Tri-Cities and Knoxville are dropping money when they’re in town,” she said. “A couple of them even got their oil when they here.”

Tourism is Tennessee’s second largest industry, according to a report by Governor Bill Lee’s office. A record $23 billion in travel spending broke records in 2019 before the pandemic in 2020 devastated tourism across the globe.

A report published by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development said, as of 2019, tourism in Hamblen County generated 572 jobs and created $2.37 million in local tax revenue.