Aug 28, 2018
Tourism Impact Numbers Top $351 Million

Tourist Spending in Rutherford County Tops $351 Million

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn.—August 28, 2018--Tourism in Rutherford County continues to grow at an impressive rate.  According to the latest figures released by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the U.S. Travel Association, Rutherford County saw an increase of 5.9% in tourist spending from 2016 to 2017. 

Tourism-related spending in Rutherford County in 2017 increased from $331.89 to $351.45 million, placing Rutherford County in the top 10 counties across the state for travel-related expenditures. The numbers reflect the highest increase Rutherford County has seen since 2013.

“We are thrilled that the economic impact of Rutherford County’s tourism spending continues to accelerate,” said Destination Rutherford Chairman Bill Jones. “Destination Rutherford remains committed to growing this type of revenue and supporting the CVB in its expansive marketing efforts.”

Money that tourists spend in Rutherford County at restaurants, hotels, retail stores, entertainment venues and on transportation directly impacts our community—without the money generated by tourism, every household in Rutherford County would pay more in state and local taxes, every single year.

"We are very proud of the growth across Rutherford County,” said Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau Chair Travis Emore. “It’s no surprise that tourists continue to spend their time and money in our community. These numbers validate the efforts of our CVB team in marketing Rutherford County as a tourism destination.”

About the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Operating under the umbrella of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau serves as the primary marketing force for the county. The CVB strives to promote the area as a destination for group tours, meetings /conferences, sporting events, and leisure travelers. For more information, visit the CVB’s website at

About Destination Rutherford

Since its inception in 2002, Destination Rutherford has been the leader in economic development in Rutherford County, and continues to focus on increased tourism, new business attraction, retention and expansion, and developing critical workforce development programs. 


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