Bristol brings in big bucks to East Tennessee tourism
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It's race weekend in Bristol for the Food City 300 and the Irwin Tools Night Race, but you can hear the engines all the way to our area. 8-22-14
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00:00 What's race weekend and Bristol for the food city 300
00:02 any Irwin tools night race thank you can hear those engines.
00:06 Revving up all the way tonight and yes you can the
00:09 big races in thunder valley will cause a jolt in business
00:13 and tourism especially in Morse town. Steve you Tara has more
00:17 NASCAR's affects right here in east Tennessee. Rotary engine -- here
00:26 on the world's fastest half month. Economic engine -- -- in
00:31 Moorestown and visiting. We've we've had a lot of people coming
00:34 in. Last night and and today we've got several more coming
00:38 in this evening. And the best western almost two hours from
00:41 Bristol Motor Speedway police also hosts plenty NASCAR -- Already all
00:46 their rooms are nearly booked this weekend. It's something that we
00:49 prepare for for a while so. And it just -- --
00:53 cover them and -- take care of human needs of our
00:56 guests. It's not just hotels restaurants. Shopping. Gas there are a
01:02 lot of back errors race weekend in the tri cities dries
01:05 up tourism dollars here. -- -- chamber of commerce says tourism
01:10 brings in. Nearly eighty million dollars annually so -- comes from
01:15 the races so bad one of them benefit. Having a good
01:19 relationship with your neighbors. Because tourism promotion is really a partnership
01:24 in Los for the chamber says defects from BMS who reach
01:28 all the way to not. -- here watch cars here this
01:32 weekend. People are surprised that. That it reaches as far as
01:36 it goes and and and in fact it even reaches further
01:39 than here I think so that's just the nature of what
01:41 it is Moorestown Stevie -- ten needs. And the chamber reports
01:46 several more sound hotels are booked all this weekend and of
01:49 course it's from the ranks.
(WBIR-Morristown) While "the World's Fastest Half Mile" is a few hours from Knoxville, East Tennessee is seeing the effects of this weekend's races when it comes to tourism.
"It's been busy. We had a lot of people come in last night, several coming in this evening," said Landree Brotherton with the Morristown Best Western Plus. Many of those occupants are visitors to Bristol, who found their hotel rooms more than a hour away.
It's something we prepare for," he added. "So we have extra staffing to cover and take care of any of the needs of our guests."
Hotels will not be the only businesses busy in Hamblen County, which sits on Interstate 81, leading to the Tri Cities.
"Restaurants, shopping, gas -- there are a lot of factors," said Anne Ross with the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce. "That's one of the benefits when you have a good relationship with your neighbors because tourism promotion is really a partnership."
The county chamber said tourism brings in $80 million, some of that total comes solely from the races' draw.
"People are surprised it reaches as far as it does, and it reaches further, I think," said Brotherton. "That's the nature of the business."