(AP) – How do you know when a place is “truly worth it” to visit?
The answer depends on how many times you go there, according to a new book by a Tennessee tourism expert.
“Gatlins” is the term for a cluster of hotels, casinos and other attractions that surround Gatlinberg, Tenn., a city of 1.3 million people.
The book, The Gatlinville Experience, is based on hundreds of interviews with visitors, locals and others in the area.
It also includes a guide to the attractions and the surrounding area.
The guide was developed by John D. Dower, a former Tennessee tourism official.
The author, who has a Ph.
D. in travel marketing, was born in Tennessee but now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
He says he got the idea for the book after he visited Gatlinboggan in April and May 2016.
He has been working on a book about Tennessee since late 2016, and was excited to work with author and former Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Mike Mottola, who was also a former governor.
Mott, who lives in Nashville, was the former governor who signed a bill in June 2016 that allowed tourists to stay at the state-owned airport without paying for hotel rooms.
In August, he also signed a law that allowed visitors to stay in hotels and motels for 90 days at a time, a change that allowed them to spend the day in the country or in other designated areas.
“I was like, ‘What the heck?'”
Dower said of his first visit to Gatlinbriggan.
“There were so many things going on.
I wanted to know if I was getting it right.”
“Gatenbogga” and other hotels Dower has seen in Tennessee are among the most popular destinations for tourists in the region.
It’s where visitors can dine on lobster rolls, enjoy a meal at a barbecue and try a ride in a golf cart, among other things.
The hotel chains are also known for their “Gats” and “GAT” signs that advertise the types of attractions and other events that are available.
Dowers book suggests that people should “just do the research,” go to their hotel rooms and then “walk around” to find out what to do and how to get there.
“You can’t just say, ‘I’ll walk around.’
You have to do the work to find what you’re looking for,” Dower says.
“And then you can’t let it happen if you don’t do the hard work to make sure that you’re actually getting the best bang for your buck.”
It’s a philosophy that has helped visitors in Tennessee make a lot of money from tourism.
The state’s tourism industry grew $8.7 billion in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which ended in March, according the Tennessee Bureau of Economic and Community Development.
In Tennessee, tourism accounts for nearly 10% of total economic activity, according TOCD data.
But that’s not enough to make up for the low cost of living in Tennessee.
Tourism accounts for less than 3% of overall state income, according an analysis by the state Tourism Development Agency.
That means tourism is not a big part of the state’s economy, Dower points out.
“We’re still not doing as well as we could be,” he said.
“But the big thing is, we’re making it happen.”
A few months after his first trip to Gatlins, Dowers was invited to a reception in the city where he was born.
He said he didn’t know anyone at the reception, but when he asked about his experience, he was told he had “won a lot.”
The next day, he checked into the hotel and was greeted by Mott.
“This is the person that gave me the idea to write this book,” Dowers said.
The two men were also in town to attend a state tourism conference and met with a couple from Gatlinburgh.
The couple said they had a great time and told him about their experiences at Gatlincoggan.
The first night was the first night they were staying in a hotel.
Dares book says they had the option to stay the night at the hotel, but they decided to stay for the night and took the opportunity to do a photo op with the couple, who they called “Moms.”
After a short stay, they were invited back to Gatlers hotel room.
After staying at the city’s hotel for the next two nights, Dares said the couple “wanted to go back to their hotels room and go see if there was any room for them.”
The couple was happy to have been there for the weekend.
“They were pretty nice,” Dares says of the couple.
The next night, Dows book says he and Mott met the couple and they were happy to see them again