Local tourism and hospitality leaders will have some good news to share at todays Economic Summit: travel spending grew more in the Tri-Cities – 6.3 percent – than in any of Tennessees nine regions in 2008.

The director of Johnson Citys Convention and Visitors Bureau, Brenda Whitson, said the metro areas performance relative to the state, which saw just 1.7 percent growth, shows that tourism is a worthwhile focus group area for the annual summit, which takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Millennium Centre.

Were all very excited about the numbers, Whitson said Tuesday. It does make you feel good that Northeast Tennessee has outperformed some of the major metros in the state.

To read the full story please click here.

(Image courtesy of the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau.)