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Nashville down $2 billion in tourism spending due to COVID-19

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Davidson County has lost about $2.1 billion in visitor spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic through July 11.

That’s according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

Per Order 9, bars and restaurants must close at 10 p.m. Tourists say they didn’t know about that until they got here.

“On a whim, we said, ‘Let’s go to Nashville!’” tourist Nicholas Smith said. “We search the Internet; we had no idea that it was like this.”

Party buses that allow the consumption of alcohol are also forced to be off the roads these days.

Those were also on Smith’s tour list.

“That’s why we came here, but apparently that’s not what supposed to be going on.”

Here are the latest stats from the NCVC:

“The NCVC is aware of 1,169 meeting/convention cancellations representing 908,722 room nights and 580,273 attendees.

These meetings were expected to generate $450.41 million in direct spending, $36.46 million in state taxes, and $38.89 million in local taxes.

Sixteen citywide conventions cancelled their 2020 program in Nashville, and 10 of them have already re-booked for future dates, or are in the process of re-booking now.

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The NCVC is aware of 1,197 travel trade groups with 37,905 attendees that have cancelled trips through the end of 2020, which were expected to generate at least $17.68 million in direct spending.”

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