• Hospitality Becomes Nashville's Second Largest Industry

    POSTED September 11, 2018

According to an official Tennessee state report on the Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties, Nashville is the leading city for tourism with $6.5 billion intake from visitor expenses. This total represents an 8.5 percent increase from 2016 tourism, which was $6 billion.

Cvent ranked Nashville as number seven out of 50 meeting destination cities in the U.S. in 2017. Nashville greeted Cvent’s ranking with the development of nine new hotels last year and seven new properties this year so far. The city also retains a seven year streak of hotel room sales growth and has been ranked for six years as a top global destination.

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp has propelled growth of the hospitality industry by hosting major events on and around holidays such as the fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. These events have effectively brought in enough tourist traffic to sell out hotel rooms across Nashville and promoted substantial visitor spending city-wide.

The NCVC has increased tourist traffic by hosting events like the NFL Draft and is a host candidate for the 2026 soccer World Cup. Nashville regards hospitality as its second largest industry, after healthcare.

Introducing the “International Society of Hotel Associations”


Four Corners hospitality and TAO Group debuted the fifth iteration of the TAO nightlife concept in Chicago this month. Located in an 1892 building that was originally home to the Chicago Historical Society in River North, the two-level restaurant and nightclub dubbed TAO Chicago occupies 34,000 square feet of space and can accommodate groups of up to 1,800 guests.


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The 2018 Best of Northwest Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards will be held:
Wednesday, October 17
6-8:30 p.m.
King Street Ballroom & Perch
255 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104