Research & Hospitality Stats

See research and statistics for the Nashville tourism & hospitality industry.

Explore the results of research done for the Nashville hospitality industry.

Research Details
Visitor Markets

Top Feeder Cities

  1. Chicago
  2. Atlanta
  3. New York City
  4. Memphis
  5. Dallas
  6. Houston
  7. Birmingham
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Boston
  10. Washington DC
  11. Knoxville
  12. Philadelphia
  13. St. Louis
  14. Detroit
  15. Louisville
  16. Charlotte
  17. Tampa
  18. Kansas City
  19. Lexington
  20. Austin

Top Feeder States

  1. Illinois
  2. Florida
  3. Tennessee
  4. Ohio
  5. Texas
  6. Georgia
  7. New York
  8. North Carolina
  9. California
  10. Alabama
Visitor Intercept Survey

Research Highlights from Visitor Intercept Surveys

  2001 2007-08 2011-12 2015
Avg. Size of Party 3.9 3.5 3.0 2.6
Avg. Length of Stay (# of nights) 3.7 3.5 3.8 3.7
Avg. Spending per Party $608 $1,593* $1,103 $1,475
Avg. Spending per Person per Room Night $42.13 $130.04* $96.73 $153.35
Avg. Age of Visitor n/a 50.3 46.5 46.1
Avg. Income of Visitor n/a $91.6K $81.8K $92.1K
Nashville Met Expectations 99% 94%** 96% 96%
Likely to Return to Nashville 72% 92% 92% 94%
"Music City" Lives Up to its Name n/a n/a 89% 92%
No. of Live Music Venues Visited n/a n/a 3.2 3.3
Sources of Info for Trip (internet) 15% 54% 52% 50%
Accommodations in Nashville
Hotel/Motel
Family/Friends
Home Rental
Other

72%
20%
n/a
8%

84%
11%
n/a
5%

84%
12%
n/a
4%

88%
6%
4%
2%
Number of Visits to Nashville (past 5 years)
First Visit
Repeat Visit

58%
42%

51%
49%

61%
39%

52%
48%
Primary Form of Transportation
Personal Vehicle
Commercial Airline
Rental Vehicle
Tour Bus
Other

49%
36%
n/a
n/a
15%

50%
36%
5%
5%
4%

45%
41%
5%
5%
4%

43%
39%
10%
4%
4%
Purpose of Visit
See Sights/Attractions/Events
Attend Conference/Business Meeting
Visit Family/Friends
Other

n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

50%
26%
19%
5%

48%
35%
14%
3%

38%
45%
10%
7%

*Included Airfare in the spending averages. Airfare is not included in the following years.
**Only asked in first round of 2007-08 Intercept Survey.

Hotel & Convention Performance
  2013* 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of Visitors 12.2 million 13.1 million 13.5 million 13.9 million 14.5 million 15.2 million
Hotel Occupancy Rate 69% 73% 74% 75% 75% 75%
Hotel Occupancy Tax (6% local) $40,204,492 $49,882,792 $57,028,095 $64,709,362 $72,550,745 $81,353,821
Direct Visitor Spending $5.0 billion $5.4 billion $5.7 billion $6.0 billion $6.5 billion TBA
Airline Passengers 10,351,709 11,039,634 11,673,633 12,980,106 14,125,449 15,996,194
Meetings/Conventions Held 537 616 643 693 898 1,048
Meetings/Convention Room Nights 663,622 860,188 863,263 801,509 862,523 979,917
Hotel Rooms Sold 6,354,899 6,824,306 7,067,951 7,307,989 7,545,872 7,988,922

*Music City Center opened in May 2013

Market Stats
  • 15.2 million visitors in 2018 (+4.8% over 2017)
  • 5-7% of overnight visitors are international
  • Number of hotel rooms:
    • Nashville MSA: 45,410 (2018 occ: 73.3%)
    • Davidson County: 31,500 (2018 occ: 74.5%)
  • Segmentation: 38% group blocks, 37% leisure, 22% business, 3% other
  • In the past 5 years, Nashville demand (hotel rooms sold) has grown faster than any other top 30 US city.
  • 133 new restaurants/bars/cafes opened in 2018, compared to 113 in 2017 and 90 in 2016.
Economic Impact (2017)
  2017 % change from 2016
Direct Visitor Spend $6.50 billion 8.5%
Jobs 68,320 5.0%
Worker/income paychecks $1.65 billion 9.3%
State & local taxes $495 million 7.0%
Access
  • Nashville Int’l Airport (BNA) is one of the fastest growing airports in North America. It served almost 16 million passengers in 2018 on 14 airlines with 460 total daily flights to 70+ nonstop destinations.
  • One of only six cities where 3 interstates connect; over 40% of the US population lives within 600 miles of Nashville
Hotel Development Pipeline
  Rooms in Pipeline
In Construction 4,567
Final Planning 3,331
Planning 2,754
Prospect 3,036
TOTAL 13,688

 

  New Hotel Properties New Hotel Rooms
2016 5 830
2017 9 1,219
2018 15 2,304
2019 (f) 21 3,110
2020 (f) 7 1,722
Number of Visitors (millions)
Number of Visitors

Source: NCVC, STR, Visitor Profile data

Direct Visitor Spending (billions)
Direct Visitor Spending

Source: US Travel Assn

Visitor Profile (2015)
  • Average party size: 2.6 people
  • Average length of stay: 3.7 nights
  • Average spending per person per day: $153
  • 94% are likely to return to Nashville
Accolades
  • Forbes “10 Best Bang-for-the-Buck Vacation Destinations” includes Nashville.
  • Nashville ranked #7 on Cvent’s list of “Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States”
  • National Geographic Traveller U.K.’s “The Cool List 2018” includes Nashville, the only US destination to make the list
  • Top of Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “Best Places to Go in 2018”
  • Thrillist’s “Best Places for a Big Trip in 2018” listed Nashville.

Information updated April 2019