Westgate Resorts to reopen Saturday after round-the-clock work

(Courtesy: 
Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa)
(Courtesy: Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WKRN) – After working around the clock since last weeks’ devastating and deadly wildfire, Westgate Resorts says it’s first phase of reopening is this Saturday.

After the fire, 652 units and 70 of the 90 buildings were completely destroyed.

However, 352 units and many of the amenities were unaffected, including the 60,000 sq. ft. Wild Bear Falls Indoor Water Park, Marketplace, fitness center, swimming pool and original check-in building.

The resort is now accepting Smoky Mountain owner reservations by calling 1-800-413-0923.

(Courtsey: Gov. Bill Haslam via WATE)
(Courtsey: Gov. Bill Haslam via WATE)

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Westgate officials say reconstruction of the damaged units is already underway, and the CEO says “the property will be rebuilt to an even better standard than before.”

“We appreciate the continued support of our team members, vendors, local authorities and community as we face all the challenges of the rebuilding process. Spirits are very high and everyone is pitching in to make sure we reopen the resort as quickly as possible and get everyone back to work again,” noted David Siegel, president and CEO.

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At least 20 Westgate team members lost homes in the wildfire, along with the hundreds of other homes lost in the local community.

Westgate has embarked on a nationwide fundraising campaign to assist any individuals who lost homes in the community resulting from the wildfire. For more information, visit WestgateResortsFoundation.org.

Westgate also plans to host a Grand Opening Celebration at Smoky Mountain Opry Theater on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. to celebrate Westgate team members and first responders whose courageous actions saved many lives during the wildfire.

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