Dedicated to Enhancing the Economic, Legislative,
& Social Interests of its Members

Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association is a non-profit membership organization for hotel/motels, restaurants, venues, attractions, and services and suppliers to the hospitality and tourism industries in the greater Knoxville area. Our purpose is to enhance the economic, legislative, and social interests of our membership. GKHA provides its members with up-to-date resources, networking opportunities, and community involvement opportunities to help them serve the greater Knoxville region and continue to grow their organizations.


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GKHA speaks as one voice for the hospitality and tourism industries. Together we can combine our experience and knowledge to better serve our businesses and our community.

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Did you know?

• For every dollar the state of Tennessee spends on advertising tourism, it realizes an $18 return on investment.
• Tourism generates nearly 18 billion dollars a year in tourist expenditures in Tennessee.
• Revenue associated with tourism in Tennessee sustains more than 240,000 jobs and creates nearly 6 billion dollars in worker income.
• Tennessee households save more than $550 annually in taxes thanks to tourism in Tennessee.

The Facts: Careers in Hospitality & Tourism

One of the most rewarding career decisions is to start a journey in hospitality and tourism with job choices including lodging, restaurants, attractions – front line, back of the house and operations – along with an opportunity for advancement.

A career in the travel industry is not a first job, but the first step toward the American dream of a stable, prosperous and rewarding life with a competitive salary for employees and their families.

Travel jobs are accessible, often providing the first foothold on the career ladder, the flexibility to pursue education or raise a family and opportunities to reenter the workforce.

For many, the travel industry is a ticket to the American dream often leading to rewarding careers and financial success.

Nearly 40% of workers who began their career in travel reached an annual career salary in excess of $100,000.

The travel industry also offers a statistically better career starting point for Americans with less education. Workers with a high school degree or less, whose first jobs were in travel, reached an average career salary of $69,500 – 5% greater than the average salary attained by workers who started off in other industries.

The leisure and hospitality sector, which is heavily dependent on travel, is one of the largest small business employers in the United States.

The hospitality industry allows you to develop yourself – professionally and as a person. Not only do you improve on the professional skills you already possess; but, with time and commitment, you learn others skills due to the variety of colleagues, clients and situations that will put you to the test.

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