Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett recently announced Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time high of $18.4 billion in 2015, up 3.7 percent over the previous year, as reported by the US Travel Association.

Sounds like business is good, right? Shelby County alone exceeded $1 billion in travel expenditures. But, it’s important to understand travel trends to understand the deeper story.

For 2016, our numbers have been strong through June with citywide occupancy up 2% and citywide attraction attendance up as well. National trends are showing a softening in the last half of the year, but we do not anticipate a dramatic down turn.

This article from Travel Weekly spells it out quite nicely.

Fall, now officially here, has already brought us strong events like the Southern Heritage Classic and the completion of Heart of the Park at Shelby Farms. Then in just a few short weeks, Big River Crossing and Guest House at Graceland will open, giving our hotels, attractions and restaurants a nice leap into the sports season. September and October tend to be good for meetings and conventions as well. In my opinion, business is good and getting better all the time.

And there’s more…

I’m also looking forward to the renovations to our convention center. Trust me, we are working diligently to bring more conferences and meetings to all parts of the city.

My point is… while numbers may ebb and flow, there’s alway something on the horizon to bolster the number of visitors enjoying our restaurants, music venues, attractions and more!