Bringing In Fall Tourists

By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief
By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief

Pigeon Forge, Sevier County (WVLT) - Although gas prices are inching closer to the two-dollar mark in some places, they are still high enough to cut into some of your budgets.

So how will that impact the fall tourism business in the Smokies?

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb brings you a look at new ideas to get you to come back.

With gas prices still high, tourist destinations like Dollywood continue to capitalize on keeping tourist coming by.

"When gas prices are high, folks tend to stay a little closer to home," says Dollywood's Pete Owens.

New ideas are always a top priority which is why they've come up with their first ever Bluegrass and BBQ, to give a reason to get tourist to the area in the fall.

"Will be another draw for folks to either make their first trip to the Smokies of the year or make their third or fourth trip to come back one additional time," Owens says.

The City of Pigeon Forge is also doing a little decorating to bring in fall tourists.

"We've planned with the businesses to have wonderful decorations so they'll be putting them out now. Some of them are already out," says Kay Powell, from Pigeon Forge Tourism.

At The Incredible Christmas Place, they know the importance of new ideas especially when you're trying to sell Christmas on the fourth of July.

"Probably half of our customers are repeat customers so we try to do something new and different every year," says Carolyn Fairbank Biggs, CFO of The Incredible Christmas Place.

The familiar train was taken away to make room for something new, but now it's back better than ever by popular demand.

"We had so many customers coming saying they missed that train in our mezzanine and we put it back this year and it's gotten rave reviews," says Biggs.


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