‘Plein Air in the Smokies’ Art Event and Gala in Maryville Will Benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Twenty nationally acclaimed artists are coming to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) to paint “en plein air,” an outdoor painting practice and style, throughout various park sceneries.

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Largest Treehouse Resort in the World Is Coming to the Smoky Mountains

The largest treehouse resort in the world is coming soon to the Smoky Mountain area of East Tennessee. The Sanctuary Treehouse Resort will be the world’s largest resort of its kind, situated on 40 acres in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, according to the resort’s owners.

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Tennessee Tourism Spending Dropped by More than 30 Percent in 2020

Tourism spending in Tennessee dropped in 2020 for the first time in 10 years, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

Tennessee tourism spending fell 31.6%, less than the 42% decline nationally.

Within that decline was a 78.7% drop in spending from international visitors during a year that was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, according to a report compiled by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

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