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Study shows record growth in DeKalb County tourism
DeKalb County ranked second in percentage increase and third overall in travel-related expenditures with the help of tourism attractions such as the Fiddler's Jamboree.
Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time record high of $19.3 billion in 2016, up 4.7 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. Out of the 95 Tennessee counties, DeKalb County had the second-highest percentage increase.The Governor’s announcement showed visitors spending a total of $44.99 million in DeKalb County, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to the previous year, generating a total of $2.69 million in state and $6.04 million in local tax revenues, increases of 7.2 percent and 6.0 percent respectively.