Congrats to BNA, but are there any business links specifically between Nashville and southern England? Entertainment is big on both ends, but Nashville's brand is very specific.
The Memphis tourism board touched on this. The UK is in the top five of international travelers visiting Memphis. Last year, that number was over 2 million. They stated that they average a 3 night stay. They mention this in the context of what they call the Music triangle. A combination of Nashville/Memphis/New Orleans make that up with the Delta/Blues in between MEM and NO.
Johnny Cash is iconic to younger musicians and their fans. Arkansas State and the Cash family have done a superb job is restoring Cash's childhood home at Dyess Colony across the river Northeast Arkansas. It doesn't just give a glimpse of the rural life that produced Cash but of the town itself, which was a product of FDR's WPA. I suspect they'll push for a National Historical Site designation in a few years.
You combine the Music angle with the rise of river cruising and you have some drivers of some non business O&D not just from this side of the pond. Nashville gets some of that river cruising but not nearly as much as Memphis and New Orleans. But, it could play an even larger role as that industry continues to grow. Viking will really grow the international aspect of it once they figure a fix around the shipbuilding issue.
I still think Norwegian takes a A321LR and services StL, Mem(seasonal)and Nashville with it. All cities being a less than daily service. New Orleans will require a 787 or a Boeing MOM. We'll have to see real world ranges proved out before hand, though.
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