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Dollywood, tourism bring huge economic value to Tennessee | WJHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — It’s no secret that Dollywood plays a big role in tourism in Tennessee.

“One of the things that we always talk about is that what’s good for Dollywood is really good for the entire state of Tennessee,” Dollywood public relations manager Ellen Liston said.

In fact, the Tennessee Aviation System Plan—a branch of the TDOT—released a case study last year saying Dollywood brings in $1.8 billion each year.

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“Although we are about 20th in population base in Sevier County, we are third in the number of tax dollars that are delivered back to the State Capitol,” Liston said. “That helps fund things throughout the state.” 

It isn’t just Dollywood—Bonnaroo, CMA Fest, and the CMA Awards combine to pump over $100 million into the economy as well.

“What’s great in Tennessee is that we get to collect a tax in that…

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