During the nearly 20 years that I have lived in the Sevier County, TN area, our annual visitor count has nearly doubled to approximately 11,000,000 visitors each year. It is truly amazing the economic vitality that our Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville areas have built. To give you an idea just how powerful our community’s tourist economy is, check out the following table that I have researched and compiled:
The expected super cities of Orlando, New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Las Vegas are near the top and that really isn’t a surprise. The fact that our own Sevier County area is ranked #11 among all American communities is quite remarkable indeed. What is even more impressive is that Sevier County has delivered this impressive result without scheduled airline service, a seaport, or passenger train service. Another interesting fact is that our community’s population consists of less than 100,000 residents. Compare that to the millions of people who live in the top metropolises and our visitor county is even more noteworthy. Although some visitors do fly into the Knoxville area and then use ground transportation to arrive in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville, the vast majority of our guests drove all the way here. That well explains the traffic that our Smoky Mountain community is sometimes prone to.
With 11,000,000 annual visitors to our area, we do truly have a tiger by the tail. If you want to participate in this amazing success, why not purchase a vacation rental property here? All of these tourists have to stay somewhere and we will be happy to let you participate in this opportunity!!!