PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pigeon Forge ( Tennessee) tourism officials are reinforcing that the city's many attractions, theatres, restaurants and lodging properties are operating as usual after recent wildfires in the area. The announcement comes after Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner encouraged visitation to the area as a show of support.
"If you really want to do something for Gatlinburg, come back and visit us," Werner said in a Nov. 30 press conference. "Many of our city's 6,000 residents, as well as those of our friends and family in Gatlinburg, are dependent on the tourism industry for jobs to care for themselves and their families," said Leon Downey, Pigeon Forge executive director of tourism. "As our communities move forward, our industry has an obligation to our residents and employees to encourage visitation to the area and sustain our businesses." Pigeon Forge is located next door to Great Smoky Mountains National Park where wildfires ignited Monday night, Nov. 28. Pigeon Forge businesses were not damaged during this week's fires, and businesses are operating as usual. The city's Winterfest festival continues, including several Christmas shows at various theaters. Dollywood theme park reopens on Friday, Dec. 2. Restaurants and lodging properties are operating on normal schedules.