tourism en Another Record Year for Tennessee Tourism? <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; A new report from the U.S. Department&nbsp; of Commerce is likely good news for the Tennessee economy. Spending by international travelers visiting the U.S. jumped by 11 percent in the first half of the year.</p><p>The federal report says international visitors poured more than $82 billion into the U.S. economy through the end of June, putting the tourism industry on track for another record year. Commerce says international visitors could spend nearly $170 billion in the U.S. by year’s end.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:54:02 +0000 Mike Osborne 14817 at Elvis Week One of Tennessee's Biggest Tourist Draws <p>MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) &mdash; Tens of thousands of Elvis Presley fans are expected to pay respects to the rock &#39;n&#39; roll icon during a candlelight vigil at Graceland tonight marking the 35th anniversary of his death.</p><p>The vigil is just one of many Elvis Week activities, the annual celebration of Presley&#39;s life and career. Jonathan Lyons of the Memphis Visitor&rsquo;s Bureau says Elvis week accounts for the biggest slice of the $3 billion tourists spend in Shelby County annually.</p><p>Lyons says this year&rsquo;s highlight is a concert that features a virtual Elvis.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:49:20 +0000 Mike Osborne 14545 at Elvis Week One of Tennessee's Biggest Tourist Draws Tennessee a Popular Destination for International Tourists <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; The Commerce Department released an upbeat Spring 2012 Travel and Tourism Forecast Tuesday morning. The report is good news for Tennessee&rsquo;s economy.</p><p>The federal study predicts a four to five percent increase in the number of foreign travelers visiting the U.S. over the next five years. &nbsp;State Tourism says international travelers are already contributing about $14 billion to Tennessee&#39;s economy each year.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:21:56 +0000 Mike Osborne 10147 at