JAN 2017

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J A N U A R Y 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 31 Sponsored Content Drive-in Destinations Alcoa/Blount County: "Land Here," Where Business Meets Adventure Kim Mitchell, Director of Tourism, Blount Partnership Kim Mitchell serves as Director of Tourism for the Blount Partnership. She helps planners find venues tailored to their events' needs. Smoky Mountain Tourism Development (865) 273-1213 Mountain Magic lcoa, Tenn., provides the perfect departure from the everyday meet- ing location for your convention or business retreat. Located in Blount County, a gateway to the Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States, it lends itself to many ad- ditional activities for your guests and provides an incredible backdrop for your event. Customized & Convenient Whether you're planning a five-star spectacle or a simple meeting of the minds, our diverse array of resorts, hotels and meeting centers offer an uplifting setting for any gathering. Best of all: Knoxville's airport resides in Blount County, just a few steps from many of our conference spaces. The Knoxville Airport Hilton is connected to the airport and has a large convention space for mid-size groups. Just coming off a huge multi-million-dollar remodel, the Hilton is a prized gem with con- venience and hospitality like no other. Superior Service Southern hospitality is what we do and we can meet your guests' every need with precise attention to every detail and a warm sincere smile. With so many options in our community, down time for your guests can be filled with visits to the national park, strolls through the historic downtown Main Street district, biking, running or walking and hiking the nearby greenways. "Land Here" and we will make your event extraordinary. For more information about hosting an event in the foothills of the Smokies, contact Kim Mitchell, kmitchell@blountpartnership. com, 865-273-1213 or visit www.smoky n A

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