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!



Local Stars of the Industry Luncheon!

J H at Stars podiumThe Sevier County Hospitality Alliance (SCHA) – 2014 Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (11:30am – 1:00pm) at the Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge The SCHA Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon provides an opportunity to recognize many hospitality industry members that have demonstrated outstanding contributions of leadership, service, professionalism and community/civic affairs in the Sevier County Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Please make plans to attend this important luncheon and RSVP to Jackie Leatherwood atjslglodge@aol.com, Ken Maples at KenLMaples@aol.com or Christie Connatser at christie.connatser@hilton.com The cost to attend (which includes a lunch buffet) is $20 per person.

Tourism Talks September 9, 2014

You are invited to Tourism Talks!  Learn from the best!

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Special Guest Speaker: Scott Alexander, Program Manager
“Digital Advertising Tips to Maximize Your ROI”

The PFDOT invites you to attend a Digital Advertising presentation focused on helping you maximize your in-house digital advertising efforts. Scott Alexander will deliver a presentation on digital advertising best practices used by some of the country’s largest travel brands. Tips will include market intelligence and strategic planning, creative testing, tracking and analysis. The focus is to share information to help city businesses maximize digital advertising dollars in an increasingly complex and competitive landscape.

Tuesday, September 9    8:30 am at LeConte Center, North Conference Room

Please park in the lot at 2986 Teaster Lane




Under Construction!

The Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association website is under construction and in development.  The RFP process has been completed and the committee will soon announce a vendor and establish a project completion timeline.  Until then, this site will be maintained and updated by administrative personnel.

Winterfest Planning Meeting held at LeConte Center

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The Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council & Sevier County Hospitality Alliance 

In preparation for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Winterfest hosted a workshop to help re-generate the excitement of Winterfest- the most successful countywide event every!

Please join in making this 25th Anniversary of Winterfest the best yet!

Workshop Included:

v  Winterfest economic impact in Sevier County over 24 years

v  Insight and advice on the purchase of lighting and displays

v  Return on Investment (ROI) for your business and community

v  Tips on how to create a multi-year lighting and display plan

v  How to grow your revenue on a budget with curb appeal/light displays

v  Energy efficiency guidelines on lighting and displays

v  Hands-on décor ideas and display suggestions

        Winterfest Workshop Vendor Information

GP Designs, Inc. - contact person: David Loer; email: davidgp@eiwifi.com; phone: (765) 651-4545; web site: www.gpdesigns.biz
Long Displays/Country Christmas & Collectibles - contact person: Ronnie Myers; email: LongDisplay@aol.com; phone: (865) 933-1010; web site: www.longdisplay.com
Shadrack Christmas Wonderland - contact person: Mikki Glover; email: mnoel44@yahoo.com; phone: (423) 652-0120; web site:www.shadrackchristmas.com
Universal Concepts - contact person: Greg Fulwood; email: gregfulwood@comcast.net; phone: 1-800-522-0718; web site:www.christmasdecorandmore.com