Visitors to Smokies increase in April

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Visitors to Smokies increase in April

Postby Todd » Sun May 24, 2009 2:29 am

Visitors to Smokies increase in April
May 23, 2009

Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are running nearly 6 percent ahead of last year following a sharp increase in April.

Figures released Friday by the National Park Service show the country's most-visited national park had a nearly 23 percent increase in April over a year ago. That comes after a 6 percent dip in March.

Smokies spokesman Bob Miller said there is no way to predict if this is a one-month blip or a trend. But he said, "It's great to see an up month after a slightly down year in 2008."

The park straddling the Tennessee-North Carolina border had around 9 million visitors last year. It's about 104,000 visitors ahead of that pace through April this year.
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