Tourism leaders storm the capital

Group from Sevier County in Nashville for TnHA Day on the Hill. (Source: Lundy Thomas)

Group from Sevier County in Nashville for TnHA Day on the Hill. (Source: Lundy Thomas)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tourism leaders from across the state converged on Nashville Wednesday to encourage state lawmakers to approve changes that will impact the industry.

A group of business leaders from Sevier County took a bus to Nashville. A main topic of the group is to get the legislature to approve $8 million dollars in tourism advertising.

"We need to make sure our legislators know how important it is that Tennessee has the marketing dollars available it needs to remain competitive and gain market share as a tourism destination," said Ken Maples, with the Sevier County Lodging Alliance.

Currently, tourism is Tennessee's second largest industry and employs more than 179,400 Tennesseans.

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