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2014 was a billion-dollar year in Pigeon Forge
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2014 was a big year in Pigeon Forge!

For the first time ever, city officials say it's tourism-related businesses generated more than $1-billion dollars in revenue last year.

That's not bad for a town of just 6,000 people.

Leon Downey, the city's tourism director, attributes the success to low gas prices, good weather and lots of new attractions in the city.

"The city's never static it's ever changing, there's always new product offering for our guests to experience," said Downey.

A big part of that billion is hotels - December of 2014 brought a 21% increase in revenue compared to the year before.

One of the biggest openings of 2014 was Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville hotel.

Amusements made up more than $163 million of the record-breaking year.

"We have the new Fire Chaser ride out at Dollywood, the alpine coaster on Wears Valley Road, there's lots of new retail and restaurant development on the Island," said Downey.

There are several big projects in the works aimed at boosting tourism even more.

"The biggest thing would be Dollywood's DreamMore Resort hotel at Dollywood, it's the biggest thing on the radar that I'm aware of right now, but also in 2016 we'll be unveiling the Cal Ripken baseball experience"

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