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Tennessee beefs up tourism budget

The Tennessee Tourism Committee is looking at ways to grow the state into a Top 10 tourist destination.

The Commission last week issued a report recommending that the state develop a market plan that focuses on key markets, like Faith Travel; encourage longer stays; and put together a series of music-oriented festivals and events.

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam has added $8 million to the state's tourism budget, bringing the total budget to $13.5 million.

The tourism industry had an impact of more than $16 billion and employed more than 146,000 people, and tourists generated more than $1 billion in state and local taxes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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  • Tenn. schools a problem

    The governor can plow all the money he wants into tourism, but nothing will change until he changes the time that public schools begin. Tennessee has the country's earliest start dates. Nashville started Aug. 1 this year. Memphis started Aug. 5. See how covered this:

    By , Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Tenn. schools continued

    This is in addition to the post below: When schools start that early, families can't travel and tourism dies.

    By , Thursday, September 26, 2013

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