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.”
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.
Uncle Bud’s has opened a restaurant in Cool Springs, marking the company’s sixth location.
The company that operates the down home eateries also has locations in Nolensville, Smyrna, Franklin, Donelson and Murfreesboro. Located at 401B Cool Springs Blvd. near Aspen Grove, the newest Uncle Bud's offers both a traditional menu — including catfish, southern fried chicken and hushpuppies — along with lighter options such as lemon pepper mahi and grilled or boiled shrimp.
“We’re really excited to bring Uncle Bud’s to Cool Springs,” Craig Dever, co-owner of Uncle Bud’s, said in a release. “The team has worked really hard to come up with a menu that is affordable and offers enough choices to accommodate the whole family. We’re famous for our catfish, the more health-conscious tend to love our grilled chicken and fish options, and we can’t keep the kids away from the free ice cream with purchase of a kid’s meal.”
The new location seats 96, offers an outdoor patio (pictured here) and features a “whimsical décor,” according to the release.