Recently released figures show Rutherford County hotels generated a $6 million increase in revenue on total rooms sold in 2013 compared to 2012 figures.
According to a Smith Travel Research annual report, the county experienced an increase in all categories across the board, including hotel occupancy, revenue per available room, average daily rate, room revenue and rooms sold. The increase in each category was well above the national average as well as the average for the state of Tennessee, the report said. Over the past two years, the number of rooms sold has increased 16.2 percent.
STR does not disclose total revenue figures.
“These increased numbers mean that more people are traveling to Rutherford County and staying in our local hotels, while visiting local attractions, shopping in our retail outlets and dining in our restaurants,” Barbara Wolke (pictured), interim vice president of the Rutherford County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a release. “With the additional hotel supply in Murfreesboro and Smyrna (four hotels were added between 2008 and 2010), overall tourism and demand has increased to help fill these additional rooms. We hope to continue this upward trend.”
The leaders of Middle Tennessee State University and Alabama A&M University on Friday signed an agreement to collaborate more closely on research into aerospace, agriscience and engineering projects. MTSU will provide A&M students with access to programs in engineering management, computational science and aerospace, while MTSU students will get access to A&M's engineering programs.
Officials said the three-year agreement builds upon two successful collaborations between the two universities: Both are partners in a consortium for a federal Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site as well as a three-year National Science Foundation-funded Partnership for Innovation in Technology grant.
Ingram Content Group Inc. announced Tuesday that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has selected the La Vergne-based company's MyiLibrary e-content platform for the distribution of e-books to libraries worldwide.
HMH plans to add thousands of titles to the e-book platform, with offerings to encompass both frontlist and popular backlist titles. These will include popular content by Lois Lowry (including titles from The Giver series) and Philip K. Dick, and classics by, for example, George Orwell and Virginia Woolf. In addition, a number of cookbooks, such as the Better Homes & Gardens series and titles by Mark Bittman, will be included.
“We're pleased to add Houghton Mifflin Harcourt content to the title selection available through our MyiLibrary platform,” Dan Sheehan (pictured), vice president and general manager of Ingram Content Group Library Services. “With the addition of these new titles, we continue to enhance our platform to help both public and academic libraries develop relevant digital programs for their patrons and to assist publishers in expanding the reach of e-books to libraries around the world.”
Blue-chip retailers Bed Bath & Beyond and Gap are relocating their Murfreesboro stores into the Avenue shopping center adjacent to Interstate 24. Also moving into the 811,000-square-foot Avenue in the coming months are Gap Kids and Soma Intimates, a concept under the Chico's Brands umbrella.
Nissan's Smyrna manufacturing complex has cranked out its 10 millionth vehicle, a Rogue crossover. The Rutherford County plant that opened its doors in 1983 now employs more than 7,000 and has an annual payroll of more than $275 million. The company's Altima, Frontier and Sentra models have combined for about 7.5 million of the vehicles that have rolled off its lines.
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