Gatlinburg tourism sees $19 million decrease since wildfire

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Gatlinburg officials said tourism business incomes decreased by $19 million since the devastating November wildfire.

The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau told Local 8 News that restaurants, hotels, and stores still need business, citing records that reveal a 36.5 percent decrease in the month of December's tourism revenue.

The total gross income in business for December 2015 was $51,952,882. The numbers dipped the month after the November wildfire at $32,992,914.

According to reports, the hotel and motel business suffered the most with $16 million in December 2015 and $7.8 million in December 2016.

The 16-story Park Vista hotel was closed until December 21 while recovering from fire damage.

Gatlinburg Total Income Report:

Total:

December 2015: $51,952,882
December 2016: $32,995,914

Amusement:

December 2015: $4,913,601
December 2016: $3,738,274

Hotel/Motel:

December 2015: $16,024,782
December 2016: $7,827,359

Restaurants:

December 2015: $11,587,011
December 2016: $7,852,930

Others:

December 2015: $19,427,487
December 2016: $13,577,350