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The Grand in Pigeon Forge tops ‘dirtiest’ hotel list

The Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge has earned the No. 1 ranking no hotel ever wants.

The Grand tops TripAdvisor’s list of the dirtiest hotels in America. The rankings are based on reviews posted on the travel website.

“The southern belle hotel failed to charm TripAdvisor travelers; 87 percent of those who reviewed it recommended against staying there. The unpopular property elicited such hotel review titles as “Worst Hotel Stay of My Life,” “Stay Anywhere Else But Here,” and “Absolutely Horrible!”, TripAdvisor says in a press release.

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Sinking ship draws a crowd

Since it opened in April, the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge has attracted more than 135,000 visitors.

That’s pretty decent, considering that consumers supposedly have pulled back on spending in recent weeks. The Commerce Department reported Friday that retail spending in May posted the biggest decline in eight months.

Consumers may be hanging on to their cash, but the new Pigeon Forge attraction hasn’t suffered. That’s a good thing for the regional economy.

The museum “is a half-scale, permanent, three-deck recreation of the Titanic,” according to a press release.

Interesting phrasing by the release writer. I’m glad the owners built a “permanent” museum, instead of a temporary one.