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Pigeon Forge Named ‘Rising Destination for Meetings’ by Trade Magazine

February 22, 2014 MICE No Comments Email Email

Pigeon Forge is one of five cities across the Southeast that editors ofConventionSouth Magazine have named “Rising Destinations for Meetings” for 2014.

The others are Nashville; Fairfax, Va., in suburban Washington, D.C.; Spartanburg, S.C.; and Owensboro, Ky.

Editors cited the impact of the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge as the primary reason for choosing Pigeon Forge. The $45 million special event center opened last October and already has hosted multiple events, some with attendances of more than 10,000 people.

Other factors the editors mentioned were the emerging entertainment and dining opportunities at the Island in Pigeon Forge and the continuing expansion at Dollywood.

Various factors favored the four other cities on the list. Nashville has opened the Music City Center, which has 1.2 million square feet of event space; Owensboro has a new convention center; Spartanburg’s primary convention hotel has had a multi-million dollar renovation; and Fairfax has new Metrorail service linking it to Washington and growth in the Tysons Corner area.

Shown on the left: LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

Late last year, ConventionSouth Magazine gave the LeConte Event Center an award as a “2014 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site.”

“The LeConte Event Center and all the other development in Pigeon Forge make us a great destination for many types of events and gatherings. Event planners who never considered us before are knocking on our door,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

ConventionSouth is a trade magazine that has covered the meetings industry in the South for more than 30 years.

Information about all aspects of visiting Pigeon Forge is at or by calling 800-251-9100.

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