(NASHVILLE, TN), January 19, 2012 — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) and Representative Richard Montgomery (R-Sevierville) said today’s announcement regarding the partnership of Dollywood Theme Park and Gaylord Entertainment to build a water and snow park in Nashville is good news for tourism in Tennessee. Overbey and Montgomery joined Parton, Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer for the announcement from the two great names in entertainment on Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
“This is great news for tourism in Tennessee,” said Senator Overbey. “What is good for tourism in Tennessee, is good for all parts of the state. If visitors come to Nashville, they will find their way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and to Dollywood.”
The $50 million water and snow park will be located in the 114-acre family entertainment zone which is adjacent to Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The Dollywood-Gaylord joint venture is expected to create 450 jobs and attract 500,000 visitors in its first year.
“This is a perfect example of two major tourism businesses coming together with the support of the Governor and making jobs happen,” said Rep. Montgomery. “It is exciting to know this is the first step in many more expansions as they have done at Dollywood over the years. Any time you bring people into Tennessee, they will come to see the beautiful Smoky Mountains.”