August - 2017

2016 Rutherford County Tourism Impact

Tourism in Rutherford County continues to grow at an impressive rate. According to figures released by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the U.S. Travel Association, Rutherford County saw an increase of 4.9% in tourist spending from 2015 to 2016.
The county’s tourism-related spending in 2016 increased from $316.45 to $331.89 million, placing it in the top 10 counties across the state for travel-related expenditures. 
“This increase is proof that we’re doing what we said we would. Tourism continues to be a significant economic driver that benefits everyone in the community,” said Destination Rutherford Chairman Bill Jones.
Money that tourists spend in the county at restaurants, hotels, retail stores and on entertainment directly impacts our community—without the money generated by tourism, every household in the county would pay more in state and local taxes, every single year.  


Rutherford County in the News

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Arts and Culture Means Big Business

Rutherford County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $31.2 million in annual economic activity. The sector supports 1,054 full-time equivalent jobs, generating $18.3 million in household income for local residents, and delivering $3.4 million in local and state government revenue, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) economic impact study.  


Destination Rutherford Investor
Peter Demos

Smart planning and a greater understanding of economic impact is what drove Peter Demos, co-owner and managing partner of Demos' Restaurant and Peter D’s, in search of an opportunity to get involved in the county’s continued growth.
“It’s initiatives like Destination Rutherford that have contributed to the success of the hospitality industry and our restaurants,” said Demos.
According to the most recent tourism figures, Rutherford County shows a record-breaking impact of $331.89 million proving the significances of local tourism and the hospitality industry.
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