Historically, Hamilton County has been the fifth largest county for tourism expenditures in the state. Numbers released Thursday, by the Travel Industry of America show that Hamilton County is now the fourth largest in the state, with an $893.3 million economic impact. That is a 10.3 percent increase over 2010. This money is spent by tourists at our hotels, attractions and restaurants and funds 8,500 full-time jobs in the tourism industry.
“This is incredibly exciting to see that visitors spent nearly one billion dollars throughout our county. Tourism has helped us through the downswing in the economy and is still thriving today,” said Bob Doak, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I believe we have been able to succeed and excel because we offer a quality experience, we know how to show true Southern hospitality, we’re affordable and easily accessible and we have outstanding attractions and amenities. I feel privileged to work with so many dedicated leaders in the hospitality industry that work hard every day to promote Chattanooga.”
Tourist Expenditures ($ Millions) for Hamilton County: