Strong tourism in Johnson City impacts locals’ wallets


THE JOHNSON CITY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU SAYS STRONG TOURISM IN THE FALL SEASON HAS LEFT A LARGE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. NEWS CHANNEL 11’S KRISTEN GALLANT SPOKE TO SOME PEOPLE WHO SAY LOCAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS ARE HELPING TO BRING THESE VISITORS IN. JUST IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS THE JOHNSON CITY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU SAYS THERE WERE OVER 75 HUNDRED VISITORS TO THE AREA. WHILE TOURIST ARE EMPTYING OUT THEIR POCKETBOOKS AND SPENDING THEIR MONEY DOWNTOWN THIS IS HELPING WASHINGTON COUNTY RESIDENTS SAVE MONEY IN THEIR OWN POCKETBOOK. “OUR TOURISM NUMBERS FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER WERE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS FOR VISITOR SPENDING. THAT DIDN’T INCLUDE ANY OF THE STAPLES THAT ARE HERE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.” THE JOHNSON CITY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU REPORTED — LAST YEAR — ALMOST 300 MILLION DOLLARS WERE GENERATED IN DIRECT TOURISM IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. AS A RESULT– RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY PAID $424.68 LESS IN LOCAL AND STATE TAXES. “AS EACH COMMUNITY GROWS ITS ASSETS IT ONLY HELPS THE OTHER COMMUNITIES. SO WE’VE SEE THAT CHANGE COME ABOUT, OPPORTUNITY IN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US WHEN WE ARE MARKETING TO VISITORS.” WHEN MARKETING TO VISITORS THE JOHNSON CITY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU FOCUSES ON MILLENNIAL’S AND YOUNG FAMILIES COMING INTO THE AREA WHO ENJOY THINGS LIKE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. “AS OUTDOOR ACTIVITY GROWS WITHIN THE REGION I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SEE WE’RE GOING TO BECOME A HUB FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION.” OTHER FESTIVALS AND EVENTS LIKE THE HOG RALLY AND THE BANDS OF AMERICA REGIONAL COMPETITION HELPING TO BRING IN MILLIONS TO THE AREA FOR THE SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER MONTHS. DAVID HAMPTON JUST MOVED TO JOHNSON CITY “I’M A TENNESSEE NATIVE BUT I’M FROM THE OTHER END OF THE STATE AND WE WANTED TO COME SOMEWHERE WHERE WHERE THERE WAS A LOT OF GROWTH. ” HAMPTON SAYING THE MANY THINGS TO DO DOWNTOWN WAS A BIG APPEAL IN HIS MOVING DECISION. “JOHNSON CITY HAS A LOT TO OFFER BECAUSE IT HAS THE FEEL OF A SMALL TOWN AND A SMALL CITY BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT HAS A LOT OF THE SAME FEATURES YOU FIND IN LARGER METRO AREAS USUALLY.” THE JOHNSON CITY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU SAYS THEY WORK TO RECRUIT THESE TYPES OF EVENTS,…FESTIVA LS AND TOURNAMENTS SO MORE VISITORS WILL COME TO THE AREA. THEY THEN MARKET TO THOSE VISITORS MAINLY THROUGH SOCIAL AND ONLINE MEDIA.. BLAKE? DON’T FRET WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY FLY TO BRISTOL,

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