Meeting planners and families alike turn to East Tennessee for leisure and business travel. Tourism is a top contributor to the state’s economy, and the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region is the leader. Home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Gatlinburg, and hundreds of tourist destinations throughout the region, this business sector has much to offer new businesses.
Advantages include a workforce that tops 57,000, bolstered by bachelor’s degrees from the University of Tennessee in restaurant and food service management and/or hotel and tourism management, and three community colleges offering associate’s degrees in hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts.
Pro-business environment - Favorable business tax climate consistently in the top 1/3 of U.S. states
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