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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tourism impact on Cocke County
The 2017 Governor’s Conference on Hospitality & Tourism was held in Gatlinburg last week. Gov. Bill Haslam praised the industry for its continuous record-breaking numbers and unwavering Tennessee hospitality to the more than 110 million visitors to the state last year. “Exceeding $19.3 billion in annual economic impact, collecting $1.7 billion in sales tax revenue and providing jobs for 176,500 Tennesseans is good news for everyone in the state,” Gov. Haslam said. “The hard work of the tourism and hospitality industry continues to produce record results and dedication to boost Tennessee’s economy.” Cocke County Partnership Tourism Director Linda Lewanski attended the conference, and says tourism brings lots of dollars into the community. She says tourist visits to the Cocke County in 2016 are up by about two percent, ranking the county 32 in the number of visits statewide. "Direct tourism expenditures totaled $47.2 million in economic impact, and without that revenue, the average Cocke County household would pay an additional $338 in taxes annually." Tourists spend $129,000 daily in Cocke County, meaning $27,000 in payroll and $5,800 in local taxes. The county provides part-time or seasonal tourism jobs to more than 100 people. Lewanski also attended a day long event leading to a Gold Hospitality certification.


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