(WBIR, Maryville) - This week marks National Tourism Week, and Monday Blount County celebrated by holding its 2nd Annual Blount County Tourism Day Breakfast.
It was held at the Smithview Pavilion in Maryville. Several elected officials and Tennessee Department of Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker were in attendance.
Officials with Blount Partnership say they have seen an uptick in tourism. They're also launching several apps to help tourists find hiking, biking and walking trails, as well as anything else they might be interested in.
Commissioner Whitaker says Blount County is a great example of why people love to come visit Tennessee, and she says overall tourism is up.
"What we are hearing from the people here in East Tennessee, particularly in Blount County, Knox County and Sevier County, is that their tourism numbers are up," said Commissioner Whitaker. "They're seeing a lot of people that are interested in coming here. Tennessee is getting on a lot of people's radar, and not just from our contiguous states, but actually some of the long haul markets. And that's good news for everybody because when people are from farther away, they stay longer and spend more."
The commissioner says the state is doing a lot of tourism advertising around country in hopes of getting Tennessee on more people's vacation radar.