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SEP 2017

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 51 T E N N E S S E E feet of indoor event space plus an event lawn and pavilion (for more information, see Breakout Spotlight on page 52.); the River Terrace Resort & Convention Center, with more than 21,000 square feet of event space; The Greystone Lodge on the River, with 241 guest rooms and banquet space for up to 120; the Gatlinburg Courtyard, with 130 guest rooms and four event rooms; and the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, with 118 guest rooms and event space for up to 120. The 130-room Black Bear Inn & Suites has meeting space for up to 250, including top-floor suites. Other event locations include Ober Gatlin- burg, with dinner seating for up to 250, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, which has lodging, dining and meeting spaces for groups of up to 175. (For more information, see Breakout Spotlight on page 55.) Pigeon Forge "Pigeon Forge offers something for every- one, with more than 80 attractions for guests to choose from in a family-friendly envi- ronment," said Joy McNealy, senior sales manager for the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. The popular vacation destination also is just a stone's throw from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the country's most-visited national park. "Pigeon Forge is very accessible," McNealy said. "We're located less than a day's drive for two-thirds of the nation's population east of the Mississippi River." Hotels and resorts with event space in the city include Holiday Inn & Convention Center, with a maximum banquet capacity of 600; Clarion Inn Dollywood Area, with a the- ater-seating capacity of 60; Courtyard Pigeon Forge, with 137 guest rooms and 4,000 square feet of function space; and Hilton Garden Inn, with 112 guest rooms and 2,000 square feet of function space with a 36-seat theater. Black Fox Lodge has 178 guest rooms and suites and a 5,000-square-foot event space. Dol- lywood's DreamMore Resort has 300 guest rooms and 6,000 square feet of indoor event space, plus additional outdoor venues. Recently opened, Summit Tower at Cascades Waterpark offers 14,000 square feet of meeting space along with 98 suites and a 30,000- square-foot water park; Margaritaville ► Gatlinburg is home to the largest grouping of inde- pendent artisans in North America. Dave Esslinger, director of sales for the Gatlinburg CVB, said this gives event planners a unique opportunity to in- corporate historic mountain culture in their events. "There is art around ev- ery corner in Gatlinburg so it isn't hard to find inspiration and creativity, making this the perfect location for a retreat, business meeting or other special event," he said. An eight-mile loop, accessible by car or trolley, has been designated a Tennessee Her- itage Arts & Crafts Trail and includes more than 100 shops with arts of all types, such as straw brooms, pottery, dulcimers, jewelry, water colors, photography, framable art and more, along with lodging, restaurants, cafés and candy shops." Planners who want to kick it up a notch and immerse their attendees in the mountain arts experience can plan an event at the city's famed Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, located in the heart of downtown. Established in 1912, Arrowmont is an internationally rec- ognized visual art education center that offers lodging, dining and event spaces, including gallery, studio, library and auditorium spaces for up to 175 guests. Arrowmont offers lodg- ing in a variety of buildings, ranging from one to 11 sleeping rooms, some with kitchens and common rooms. The school has regularly scheduled workshops along with special lectures and events. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Gatlinburg CVB Contact: www.meetings.gatlinburg.com Pigeon Forge's Margaritaville Island Inn Caitlin Gouge, The Island in Pigeon Forge Totems at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

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