SEP 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 48 E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O TN M O U N T A I N V I E W Featuring some of the loftiest peaks in the eastern United States, east Tennessee is full of great scenery and vibrant cities like Gatlinburg. BY D. FRAN MORLEY A Wide Range of Meeting Settings From the Smoky Mountains in the east to the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee to the shores of the mighty Mississippi in the west, cities and towns in Tennessee offer planners unique venues and attractions, along with hotels and amenities to meet the needs of any function, large or small. Chattanooga Set to open this fall, the new Westin Chat- tanooga is the latest addition to Chattanoo- ga's bustling downtown, according to Brian Murphy, vice president of sales for the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The 259-room hotel has 12 meeting spaces, including a 6,274-square-foot ball- room. In total, the hotel offers 15,000 total square feet of indoor event space with outdoor function areas, including terraces with city and mountain views. Hospitality suites on the three top floors have space for small meet- ings. Several new hotels or hotels with major renovations are now open or opening soon downtown or in the city's hip Southside Dis- trict, Murphy said. "New hotels include the upscale Edwin Hotel, with 90 rooms and two event rooms, located at the south end of the Walnut Street Bridge; the 102-room Moxy Hotel [Marriott's new millennial-focused brand]; and the 114-room Hilton Tru. The his- toric Read House is completing a $20 million renovation, including the 242 guest rooms, ballroom, restaurant and lobby." Coming in summer 2018, are a new SpringHill Suites by Marriott in nearby Ooltewah and an 88-room Hampton Inn in East Ridge, near a new Bass Pro Shops and part of a 50-acre development with retail and restaurants. Big things are happening at the city's iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo complex with the recent opening of Songbirds Guitar Museum and several other venues, as well as reno- Tennessee

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