CHAT­TANOOGA ECO­NOMIC-IMPACT STUDY HIGH­LIGHTS

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Climb­ing in Chat­tanooga brought in over 16,565 non­res­i­dent vis­its in the 2015/16 climb­ing sea­son, in­clud­ing 8,698 unique vis­i­tors (10,185, if in­clud­ing Hamil­ton County res­i­dents).

Seventy per­cent of climbers sur­veyed were vis­i­tors, and 30 per­cent were lo­cals. Me­dian vis­i­tor age was 26 (mean = 28), most hav­ing com­pleted some col­lege (42 per­cent) or hav­ing a col­lege de­gree (29 per­cent).

The most pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for vis­i­tors was down­town restau­rants and stores (28.8 per­cent).

While camp­ing was the most com­mon form of lodg­ing (48 per­cent), climb­ing vis­i­tors gen­er­ated a to­tal of 2,709 paid ho­tel/hos­tel room nights in the 2015/16 sea­son.

Av­er­age per-trip ex­pen­di­ture was $178 per per­son (vis­i­tors only). The av­er­age vis­i­tor spent the most money on food ($55.35), with food ex­pen­di­tures reach­ing $2,286,936.17.

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