Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett visited Grundy County on Thursday, November 19, as part of a listening tour he is taking to all 95 counties in the state.
Triplett met with local government, business and community leaders for breakfast at the Grundy County Heritage Center in Tracy City, Tenn., to learn more about tourism development projects in the county.
“It is a pleasure to spend some time in Southeast Tennessee,” Commissioner Triplett said. “This area has so much to offer to our guests as they travel through our great state. It’s destinations like these that create those authentic experiences that can only be ‘Made in Tennessee.’”
“We are so grateful that Commissioner Triplett took the time to visit Grundy County and meet with our mayors and community leaders,” Mayor Brady said. “Tourism is an important tool for economic development in Grundy County. Our county is a tourism gem, offering hiking and waterfalls within South Cumberland State Park, biking trails, restaurants, shopping, and cultural heritage explorations. This is just a small portion of what Grundy County has to offer its visitors and tourism.”
In August 2015, Commissioner Triplett joined Governor Bill Haslam in announcing record-breaking economic impact figures for tourism in Tennessee. Tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures in 2014 reached $17.7 billion in 2014, supporting 152,900 tourism jobs in the state, and generating $1.5 billion in state and local sales tax revenue. For the first time, Tennessee had more than 100 million person stays, moving the state into the Top 10 states in the United States for domestic travel.
To learn more about travel adventures in Southeast Tennessee, visit www.SoutheastTennessee.com.