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Chamber happy with tourism numbers
A 6.5 percent increase in tourism was seen in DeKalb County in 2014, and the state's direct domestic and international travel expenditures from tourism reached an all-time high of $17.7 billion in 2014, up 6.3 percent. The latest Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee report reveals that travel-related expenditures for DeKalb County topped $41 million last year, and that tourism created 270 jobs in DeKalb County with over $7 million in payroll, $5.37 million in local tax receipts, and $2.29 million in state tax receipts. Executive Director of the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce Suzanne Williams said she is excited by the news.