Usa, (PressExposure) September 23, 2008 -- High fuel prices nation wide has caused huge ripples in the tourist industry all over the united states. However in Pigeon forge Tennessee no serious impact was felt, Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals may have been saved from the Rod Run which was going on at the time. over 500 people attended This months rally that took place on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. A good majority took shelter for the night in many of the various Pigeon Forge Cabins (www.logcabin.net), while most booked rooms in the Hotels in Pigeon Forge.
The price of a gallon of Unleaded gasoline climbed sharply to $5.00 per gallon, higher in some stations. The reason for the hike in prices was blamed on a shortage of fuel caused by Panic Buying. Most people in East Tennessee were angered to hear that they were being blamed for the highest prices in the nation, Some even drive hybrid cars, make sure their tires are in good condition and fully inflated. The real reason for the high price of gasoline was Pilot and Weigles lack of ability to manage fuel shipments to east Tennessee.
The actual wholesale price per gallon is still unknown and the prices varied so much between $4.75 in Pigeon Forge, TN and up to $5.15 in Hesikell, TN. There were many questions as to how this would impact the following few months, Sevier County Electric even sent out notices that Power would be cut off if electric bills were paid late. Local business clearly stated there was no excuse for late payments even though most people that week spent their paychecks on gasoline to get back to work for the next week.
In Pigeon Forge people did not mind the high prices too much, The Parkway was lined up with classic cars end to end with people of all Ages, some being a little too roughly, maybe having one too many beers. The local police department worked hard to keep things under control while feeling the pinch of the gas prices their selves as Sevier County was unsure how many cars to keep on the road. Most of the total Police Force was on foot keeping a watchful eye and upholding the laws of the Smoky Mountains.
The latest report from the Hotels and Tourist Industry shows very little change in the revenue generated in September from previous Years, A good sign to local businesses in the Smoky Mountains including Gatlinburg that depends on people world wide month after month to stay in business. Between Weddings, Mini Golf and Custom Airbrush T-Shirts ( [http://www.smokymtncustoms.com] )it is clear that Tourist still flock to East Tennessee regardless of the price of gas, or what is going on in the Banking Sector.