Tourism and Tennessee

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The work of Kevin Triplett and the Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) captures the message of the Tennessee Environmental Conference of  "Improving Our Public Health and Environment through Smart Choices". Tourism is intrinsically linked with health, industry, economic development, and the environment.

The U.S. travel and tourism industry generated over $1.5 trillion in economic output in 2016, accounting for 11% percent of all U.S. exports and 33% of all U.S. service exports.[1] Tennessee Department of Tourist Development works to increase the benefit of this growing industry for Tennesseans as well as the domestic and international travelers visiting our great state. In 2016, Tennessee saw $19.3 Billion in travel expenditures.[2]  Additionally, 2016 gained $1.7 Billion in state and local tax revenue.[3] The money generated through tourism effects the entire State of Tennessee with all 95 counties seeing more than $1 million in the economic impact.[4]

Soundtrack to America: Made in Tennessee encourages outdoor recreation by providing detailed guides for outdoor experiences such as rock climbing, cycling, hiking, and more to encourage the enjoyment of Tennessee’s beautiful natural resources. Additionally, Play Tennessee seeks to lead the country in sports tourism through a membership-based organization of sports industry partners from across the state working together to attract, retain and grow sporting events within the state.[5] TDTD also works in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health in establishing walking trails at welcome centers across the state.[6]

The Environment plays a critical role in tourism, especially for Tennessee whose natural beauty attracts numerous tourists both international and domestic. The I-40 Haywood County Welcome is located on the West Tennessee solar farm. Built to be energy efficient, the Visitor Center hosts an exhibit to educate guests on the benefits of renewable energy and solar power.[7] Furthermore, TDTD has teamed up with Keep TN Beautiful to help eliminate and minimize litter at Visitor Centers as a way to keep tourism in Tennessee sustainable. 


Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties

The Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee


[1] SelectUSA. “Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Spotlight – The Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry in the United States”. Accessed January 31, 2018.

[2] Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Annual Report FY 2017” Page 17. Accessed January 31, 2018. Https://

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid. 97.

[6] Ibid. 10.

[7] Ibid



Christian Black