East Tennessee tourism industry recovering faster than other parts of state, data shows

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The tourism industry is one of the most deeply-impacted parts of our economy due to COVID-19, but it looks like East Tennessee is bouncing back quicker than other parts of the state.

When everything shut down in earlier this year, travel ground to a halt while everyone stayed home.

Knox County saw hotel occupancy rates sink to 22.6 percent in April with only 4.4 percent in downtown, which is the lowest that Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpass said she’d ever seen in her 25 years of working in tourism.

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