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County tourism impact sees increase from 2007

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As a result of spending by visitors, the report noted Wilson County’s tourism industry stimulated the economy by generating 880 jobs, a 2.53 percent increase from the previous year’s report, and generating $5.7 million in travel-related state tax receipts and $2.8 million in travel-related local tax receipts, both with increases from the previous year.

The job increase as a result of tourism brought about a payroll of $18.6 million, a 7.17 percent increase from 2006, the report said.“Tourism means more than dollars and cents to local residents. Visitors pay taxes (sales, lodging, meals, etc.) and contribute to the local economy,” said Ricky Rodriguez, director of the Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The taxes generated by visitors represent ‘tax relief’ for local residents. In other words, visitors to our community pay taxes so that local residents don’t have to.”

The full report was released at the State Governor’s Conference of Tourism held recently in Gatlinburg.

For more information, call the WCCVB at 453-9655.

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