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Bus Convention Could Bring Boost to Nashville Tourism - Erika Kurre

Taking cars off the roads and bringing more business to Music City.

Right now, Nashville is host to one of the biggest events in the transportation industry.

This 5-day convention Could bring an economic boost for Nashville lasting for the next five years.

Travel by bus is second only to airline transportation and that gap is closing.
    
This week, 35,000 tourism and transportation operators are seeing firsthand why this should be their destination of choice.

Coming to this American Bus Association convention is somewhat of a gamble for business owners and city representatives from across the country.

Cheryl Offerman is here promoting products and tourism in Minnesota, hoping this trip will pay off.

She's among hundreds of other vendors trying to capture the attention and interest of travel and tour industry professionals.

But it's the host city, Nashville this year, that's expecting to cash in most.

Terry Clements says about 15-percent of Nashville's visitors come in on group tours.
    
That's more than 11-million visitors a year.
    
And that's not counting travelers who come here on carriers like Megabus or Greyhound.

Bus transportation is second only behind airline travel now.

And the American Bus Association estimates that each bus coming to Nashville brings about 11,000 dollars of business with it.

And as Nashville continues to fight the growing pains of population, there are other benefits the city is hoping to see from this.

Clements says it'll be a few years before the city can gauge the results of this week's convention.
    
The event lasts through Wednesday.