Housing bureau in Forge up for approval

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

An agreement between the city and the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association to create a housing bureau aimed at helping visitors find lodging is on the agenda for the City Commission.

The bureau has been discussed for some time, but moved to the front burner in 2012 when the city landed the National Quartet Convention starting in 2014. That event attracted as many as 40,000 when it was held in Louisville, Ky.

Under the bureau, hotels and cabin rental firms could list their properties and any deals they’re offering. The idea is to keep visitors staying in Pigeon Forge. Event organizers could use the bureau to help their guests book rooms and facilities.

The city would own the software used to maintain the bureau, while the hospitality association would manage it.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Other agenda items:

  • Bids to buy envelopes for the travel planner
  • Bids to buy trolley brochures and route maps
  • Applying for a $52,000 federal grant for the fire department to buy wellness and fitness equipment and a fire simulator
  • Bids for traffic signal maintenance
  • Bids for Winterfest LED replacement bulbs
  • Bids for two motorcycles for the police department
  • Purchase of a rigging plan for LeConte Center