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FEB 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact INSIDER'S GUIDE By T. Wayne Waters (Portions of article composed from on-site experiences) Knoxville, Tennessee In November 2011, National Geographic Society launched its first GeoTourism MapGuide for the South, a project designed to promote the East Ten- nessee River Valley between Knoxville and Chat- tanooga. More than 40 Knoxville attractions are featured on the online MapGuide, which includes a section called "Featured Places Recommended by Locals" and an interactive map to view the entire re- gion. Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation was one of a number of area organizations involved in the collaborative National Geographic project. In December 2011, the votes cast by you, dear ConventionSouth readers, honored Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation (KTSC) with a Readers' Choice Award for its "high standard of pro- fessionalism and quality service." Knoxville tourism folks might have liked to just keep the calendar set at 2011 with these honors. But time marches ever onward and in fact, KTSC repre- sentatives are as excited about the promise of 2012 as they were the accomplishments of 2011. One new endeavor mentioned with obvious ex- citement by Jennifer Morris, KTSC director of sales, is the recently confirmed summer 2012 opening of Tupelo Honey Café on Market Square. "It's not only a new dining option in Knoxville, it's almost an at- traction in itself because it has such an enthusiastic following. New enjoyable, authentic experiences like that are the extra little touches that showcase a city and make it that much more special." While the new developments are exciting, Morris said that what makes Knoxville stand out overall is the multifaceted nature of its attributes. "It's not just a music scene, or just a riverside scene," she said. "We're not a city pegged for just one thing. We have the music, we have the riverside, but we also have the culture, the art scene, an eclectic university scene, the Southern traditions, and we're sitting at the base of the Smoky Mountains." ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Worlds Fair Park celebrates Knoxville's past when the city hosted the fair 20 years ago, as well as its future, as 2012 is set to be an exciting year for the destination. www.con v entionsouth.com F EBRUA RY 2012 ConventionSouth 35 KTSC

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