U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Tennessee
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 08-20-2015, 10:03 AM
 
5,419 posts, read 8,212,996 times
Reputation: 4518

Advertisements

I wonder how they determine from the hotel/motel tax if it is business or tourism.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-20-2015, 08:39 PM
 
6,385 posts, read 10,372,755 times
Reputation: 6533
I looked through the numbers and decided to make a list separated by grand division. The results are interesting!

I decided just to round to the nearest million rather than deal with more complex calculations (which made this a lot faster).

Total spending
Middle - $7,468,000,000 (43%)
East - $5,883,000,000 (34%)
West - $3,835,000,000 (22%)


Average per county (remarkably even!)
West (21) - $183,000,000
Middle (41) - $182,000,000
East (33) - $178,000,000

Median county
East - $44,000,000
West - $25,000,000
Middle - $22,000,000


Top 5 per division
East:
1) Sevier - $1,872,000,000 (32% of division total)
2) Knox - $988,000,000
3) Hamilton - $983,000,000
4) Sullivan - $341,000,000
5) Blount - $331,000,000
Top 5 total: $4,515,000,000 (77% of division total)
Top 5 average: $903,000,000
Top 5 median: $983,000,000

Middle:
1) Davidson - $5,427,000,000 (73% of division total)
2) Williamson - $407,000,000
3) Rutherford - $307,000,000
4) Montgomery - $202,000,000
5) Wilson - $139,000,000
Top 5 total: $6,482,000,000 (87% of division total)
Top 5 average: $1,296,000,000
Top 5 median: $307,000,000

West:
1) Shelby - $3,159,000,000 (82% of division total)
2) Madison - $191,000,000
3) Dyer - $56,000,000
4) Henry - $56,000,000
5) Obion - $53,000,000
Top 5 total: $3,835,000,000 (92% of division total)
Top 5 average: $703,000,000
Top 5 median: $56,000,000


Middle Counties:
East (23 counties):
Total: $1,346,000,000
Average: $59,000,000
Median: $40,000,000

Middle (31 counties):
Total: $968,000,000
Average: $31,000,000
Median: $22,000,000

West (11 counties):
Total: $272,000,000
Average: $25,000,000
Median: $25,000,000


Bottom 5 counties:
East:
29) Meigs - $7,000,000
30) Union - $6,000,000
31) Morgan - $5,000,000
32) Bledsoe - $3,000,000
33) Hancock - $1,000,000

Middle:
37) Lewis - $6,000,000
38) Trousdale - $4,000,000
39) Cannon - $4,000,000
40) Jackson - $2,000,000
41) Moore - $2,000,000

West:
17) McNairy - $11,000,000
18) Chester - $10,000,000
19) Lake - $10,000,000
20) Crockett - $9,000,000
21) Fayette - $8,000,000


Counties with $1 billion+
East - 1
Middle - 1
West - 1

Counties with $500 million+
East - 3
Middle - 1
West - 1

Counties with $100 million+
East - 9
Middle - 8
West - 2

Counties with $50 million+
East - 15
Middle - 10
West - 5






-Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee obviously each have a giant
-Middle Tennessee has a decent group after that, then drops off into oblivion
-East Tennessee spreads the wealth and seems to have more rural counties engaged
-West Tennessee, despite dropping off quickly, had a much more evenly distributed lower end
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-21-2015, 08:40 AM
 
11,608 posts, read 31,789,211 times
Reputation: 8203
Quote:
Originally Posted by nashvols View Post
Digging through the numbers, there are a lot of interesting observations. Some rural counties with state parks scored pretty well vs. their size, while others were disappointingly low.

The most interesting one to me is Moore County @ 94. Maybe they just don't have enough hotel revenue, and I know the Jack Daniel's tours are free....but there is a lot of traffic -- even international traffic -- to that county. You would think that the amount of touristy stuff you see in the square in Lynchburg, all the bikers, and all of the Jack Daniel's stuff would propel them at least close to the top half. But no. 94th. That's hard to believe.
Yeah there's obviously going to be some gray areas since people will stay in a hotel in one area but visit a tourist spot in another area. In the case of Lynchburg, I bet a lot of visitors there stay in hotels in Tullahoma which would boost Coffee County's numbers but not do much for Moore County. Or tourists go to Lynchburg for a day as they're visiting Chattanooga or Nashville, but since they're not staying in hotels in Lynchburg they're not counted. I guess.

In the case of suburban counties, are there really that many tourists in Wilson County, or are they just staying at Wilson County's cheaper hotels while visiting Nashville?

At any rate, I think it's fun to play with the numbers and see the patterns that are evolving. Clearly, the Nashville area is seeing throngs of tourists, and the Smoky Mountains area continues to be a magnet for visitors. I'm sure the Memphis numbers would be much larger if its Mississippi suburbs were included (Tunica casinos).
__________________


IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

---
its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-21-2015, 09:18 AM
 
6,385 posts, read 10,372,755 times
Reputation: 6533
In re: suburban counties, I think it's a mixed bag. I doubt too many people visit Wilson or Sumner counties specifically. Rutherford and Williamson have Civil War battlefields, but also large hotels with conference centers.

Blount isn't too surprising since it has a portion of the Smokies as well as the Knoxville airport.

Anderson is higher than I would have guessed. ORNL? It has to be more than that, right?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-21-2015, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
39,090 posts, read 37,733,259 times
Reputation: 73758
Quote:
Originally Posted by creeksitter View Post
I wonder how they determine from the hotel/motel tax if it is business or tourism.
Some don't distinguish. Business and leisure are usually grouped together.

I know that in 2013 the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau hired a firm to do some research to better understand the visitor make-up in Williamson County. It broke down to something like corporate travel = 24%, conventions/meetings = 48%, leisure = 28%.

Williamson gets a lot of travel youth sports teams who stay in hotels, and Franklin is the #1 side trip for Nashville visitors.

Brentwood and Franklin both are seeing a lot of spillover hotel bookings from Nashville visitors who want a safe place to stay but don't want to pay the high prices found in downtown.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-27-2015, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
33,949 posts, read 32,397,399 times
Reputation: 49901
Quote:
Originally Posted by nashvols View Post
Digging through the numbers, there are a lot of interesting observations. Some rural counties with state parks scored pretty well vs. their size, while others were disappointingly low.
Not everyone views high tourism as a positive.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-31-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
3,022 posts, read 8,271,459 times
Reputation: 1792
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wmsn4Life View Post
The last report I saw had Tennessee just outside the top ten states in tourism revenue, behind CA, FL, NV, TX, NY, VA, SC, AZ, GA and HI.
Ahh...ok, so #11...that's good though if true--rising up for sure.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-31-2015, 02:03 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
2,298 posts, read 1,671,848 times
Reputation: 2227
We went to Tennessee twice this year both to Gatlinburg. Last year went to Nashville and loved it! We love TN, my husband has always wanted to move there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Tennessee
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top