NASHVILLE, TN—Nashville’s popularity with international visitors as a tourism destination is gaining ground faster than anywhere in the U.S.
According to TripAdvisor study results announced in late October, Nashville gained the greatest popularity of all U.S. cities over the past year, in terms of attracting international travelers. The evaluation of major U.S. tourism cities found that the Music City had a 38 percent year-over-year increase in interest.
“People all over the world are hearing about Nashville and looking at making a visit to Music City,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “Our hospitality community has worked extremely hard for many years to expand our reach beyond the United States, and having a TV show named for and set in our city has broadcast Nashville’s name far and wide.”
He further cited the city’s attractions, such as Ryman Auditorium, The Hermitage, the Nashville Zoo and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, for helping get the word out.
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp estimates that 5 to 7 percent of Nashville’s overnight visitors are from outside the U.S., while a Global Cities Travel report by Oxford Economics found that Nashville had a 10 percent increase in international visitation from 2013 to 2014.
Nashville was also just named a Top Ten city in Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2016 awards, and was the only U.S. city to make the list.