published Friday, September 21st, 2012

Hamilton County outpaces Knox County in tourism for 1st time

Aerial of downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee River, the Bluff View district, Market St Bridge, and Walnut St Bridge
Aerial of downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee River, the Bluff View district, Market St Bridge, and Walnut St Bridge
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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For the first time ever, Hamilton County has moved ahead of Knox County in tourism spending to push into fourth place statewide, according to local officials.

Hamilton historically is the fifth largest county for tourism in the state, according to the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

New numbers by the Travel Industry of America show that Hamilton is now fourth in the state, with an $893.3 million economic impact, the Visitors Bureau said in a news release. That’s up 10.3 percent over 2010, according to the CVB.

“This is incredibly exciting to see that visitors spent nearly $1 billion dollars throughout our county,” said Bob Doak, the CVB’s chief executive in a statement.

Davidson County remains No. 1, according to the CVB.

See Saturday’s Times Free Press for full story.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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