Predators Make Safety Everyone’s Business

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Recent events at Sevier County Lodging establishments have focused attention on  the need for individuals and businesses to be aware, alert, and prepared for unlawful intruders and criminal predators.

Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association will hold a Security Workshop at Springhill Suites in Pigeon Forge on November 4, 2014 from 8:30am to 10:30am.  Area Law Enforcement will advise on robbery deterrence measures, site security, survival techniques, importance of providing a good description of assailant, and what to do if you or your business is victimized.

Also, Bill Mish, Vision Hospitality, will speak on Human Traficking: a 32 million dollar industry based on slavery and exploitation that significantly impacts the hospitality industry and is increasing in Tennessee.

This workshop is FREE to PFHA members and is $5.00 for non-members and is open to all Sevier County businesses.  Please register today for this important workshop at and be prepared to meet these issues with awareness and action.

Thank you Springhill Suites for hosting this workshop!

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Student and Youth Travel, The Next Generation



The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism invites Group Sales Managers from

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville to:

Working with Student & Youth Groups

Presented by Bud Geissler

Owner, Metro Tours; former SYTA President; and Director, Group Travel Odyssey

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 9 a.m.

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

(In the North Conference Room)

Bud will present everything you need to know about student and youth travel. He’ll give you tips on how to reach this market, how to prepare for their arrival, how to take care of them once they are here, and ways you can make their experience a memory of a lifetime.

“… Travel is a key part of a complete education, and we are committed to providingstudent and youth travelers with safe, rich, and rewarding travel experiences.”  Student &Youth Travel Association (SYTA)

Our Smoky Mountain Destination is a perfect destination for Students &Youth to have a rewarding travel experience!

Please RSVP TODAY to:


(Please park in the lot at 2986 Teaster Lane)

SMTDC Presents: Fall KidsFest in Murphreesboro

Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council co-op opportunity!!
The SMTDC/Smoky Mountain Winterfest is once again the presetting sponsor of the Fall Kids Fest at The Avenue in Murfreesboro and there are opportunities for area businesses and/or mascots to participate in this fun and festive event.
For more information, please contact Mary Hope Maples with the SMTDC or 865-850-1919.
Flyer and registration PDFs below

User Generated Content is Transformative

HEADLINE: Dailybreak Media Survey: How User Generated Content Transforms Brand Engagement;
For Brands Seeking Loyal Followers, Sharing of UGC Is Essential to Attracting Millennials and Baby Boomers Alike
DATELINE: BOSTON, MA; Sep 15, 2014

Dailybreak Media, the social engagement platform designed to drive brand participation and consumer action at scale, today released the second batch of findings from its “Dailybreak Brand Engagement Survey,” an analysis soliciting consumer feedback on the ways they engage with brands. Survey results showed that consumers are eager to share brand experiences with friends through user-generated content (UGC), driving the popularity of campaigns that incorporate photo-sharing and other shared content.

The “Dailybreak Brand Engagement Survey” polled consumers across age groups, including millennials, GenX’ers, baby boomers and those over the age of 68. By asking respondents how frequently they share photos or video online, as well as polling them on which types of sources they find most credible, Dailybreak gained critical insights into which groups regularly share UGC and the valuable role friends’ social media posts play in shaping their opinions.
The most significant results stemmed from how frequently every major age group posted photos and video online:

 --  Almost 70% of respondents to the Dailybreak Brand Engagement Survey
     said they share pictures or video online "once in a while," and nearly
     11% do so "all the time";
 --  Although Generation X members (age 35-48) are the heaviest sharers, a
     majority of those across all generations post pictures or video "once
     in a while" or "all the time" with similar frequency -- including
     those over the age of 68;
 --  The survey also revealed that Facebook leads daily social media usage
     across all generations. Fifty-three percent use Facebook at least once
     daily, far more than any other social network;
 --  59% of respondents judged their friends' social posts to be moderately
     or very credible (50% moderately, 9% very);
 --  Generationally, Gen-X'ers are the heaviest daily users of all social
     media except Snapchat, which is predominantly used by millennials.

“Today’s advertising campaigns are likely to fail if they’re static, standalone executions that don’t drive consumers to engage with the brand beyond a cursory glance,” said John Federman, chairman and CEO of Dailybreak Media. “Through the implementation of gamified campaigns, whereby brands introduced a mechanism encouraging users to share content, we see that today’s consumers want deeper engagement with the brands they love. With the right platform in place, content sharing is seamless, credibility is established and viral distribution is practically guaranteed.”


About Dailybreak Media 

Dailybreak is a social engagement platform designed to drive brand participation and consumer action at scale through digital, promotional campaigns. For brand marketers, Dailybreak offers a turnkey, pay-for-engagement solution providing all game/contest creative, legal and a network of more than 25 million consumers. Dailybreak’s engaging, highly targeted content is delivered at zero risk for some of the world’s leading brands including Cat’s Pride, Denny’s, Halls and Chevrolet. For more information, visit

 For more information, contact: Jeff Lavery SVM Public Relations for Dailybreak MediaEmail Contact (401) 490-9700 


SOURCE: Dailybreak Media

Pigeon Forge High School DECA Club

Fall Project 2014 Autumn Decorations

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PFHS FFA and DECA know how busy you are.

Decorating for the fall may be the last item on your to
do list. How would you like to get rid of the stress by
purchasing one of the following packages? We have
compiled a variety of packages with various price
points. Choose the package that best fits your budget
and let us take one item off your to do list! We will
provide you with the most fresh, school and locally
grown materials needed for your fall displays.
All sales will provide FFA and DECA members
the opportunity to participate in competitive events on various levels.

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Heartland Travel Showcase

Pigeon Forge has been awarded the bid to host Heartland Travel Showcase for             March 2 – 5, 2017!! Marketplace will be held at the LeConte Center and this is something we have been working on for several months! A big thank you goes out to Music Road Hospitality for working with the meeting planner from Heartland. Both Music Road Inn & Music Road Hotel will be the host hotels for this conference!!! We anticipate additional overflow to another hotel if needed.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism will be attending Heartland 2015 in Chicago, please plan to attend.  Also, plan on budgeting and attending in 2016 where Pigeon Forge will be a major sponsor!