Sneak peak at summer tourism

Sevier County is looking for a big tourism season this year, after a big two week spring break period.

Spring Break was a big week for Sevier County. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevier County is looking for a big tourism season this year, after a big two week spring break period.

Businesses in Sevier County say they are making plans for a busy summer, after nearly 100% occupancy the past few weeks.

On Thursday, tourism leaders will get a better idea of how the summer could be when Dr. Steve Morse, economist from the University of Tennessee, will address the industry on how 2013 will be.

“Dr. Morse will show how tourism in Sevier County grew faster than competing vacation destinations like Branson, Myrtle Beach, and Panama City over recent years. He will also give us his projections for 2013,” said Sevier County Lodging Alliance President, Ken Maples. “We are all eager to hear how Sever County preformed as a whole in 2012 and we are certainly interested to hear what’s in store for the remainder of 2013.”

“Tourism is the cornerstone of our economy in Sevier County, and all of us in the hospitality industry are excited about the future of our economy, Maples said. “We are working more cooperatively on a local and state level to grow tourism and when we work together we are much more successful when competing with other tourism destinations.”

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