Tourism pumped $1 billion into Chattanooga economy in 2015

City and state see record high tourist spending in 2015

Economic impact of travel in Tennessee

* $18.4 billion - Travel expenditures last year, up 3.7 percent from the previous year* $3.6 billion - Payroll from tourism in 2015, up 6.1 percent from the previous year* $1.6 billion - State and local taxes paid last year from tourism, up 7 percent from previous year* 157,400 - Employment in tourism last year, up 2.9 percent from the previous yearSource: U.S. Travel Association estimates prepared by D.K. Shifflet & Associates.

Lured by scenic attractions, sporting events and business conventions, visitors to Hamilton County pumped more than $1 billion into Chattanooga's economy last year for the first time.

Tourists boosted their spending in Chattanooga last year by nearly 3.4 percent, helping to propel Tennessee's overall tourism industry to a record high of $17.8