SEP 2015

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 44 T E N N E S S E E Knoxville, with more than 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 600 restaurants, is a "highly accessible destination situated by the water and mountains, and surrounded by miles of urban wilderness," said Jennifer Morris, senior director of sales and services for Visit Knoxville. "The city provides a wealth of cultural, historical, recreational, shopping, dining and entertainment options in a safe, walkable footprint." Morris noted that a new covered walkway connects the Knoxville Convention Center to the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park. "Additionally, the pedestrian bridge connecting the convention center to additional properties is under renovation, and is adding up- grades and new aesthetic features." The Knoxville Convention Center is located down- town on the historic grounds of World's Fair Park and houses approximately 500,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. World's Fair Park has two large festival lawns and an 800-seat amphitheater that adds to the variety of space around the conven- tion center. Knoxville's newest full-service hotel is Embassy Suites Knoxville West, with 9,000 square feet of event space. Knoxville Meeting Space • University of Tennessee Conference Center: 20 meeting rooms each accommodating between 10 to 300 attendees • Knoxville Expo Center: more than 120,000 square feet of exhibit space with a 7,200-square-foot ban- quet facility that can host up to 500 people for a dinner or up to 1,000 for a reception • Southern Depot: historic event space for up to 200 people • The Square Room: contemporary theater space for up to 450 people • The International: concert and event venue for up to 1,200 people • Crowne Plaza Knoxville Downtown: 15,000 square feet of meeting space • Hilton Knoxville: 14,000 square feet of event space • Holiday Inn World's Fair Park: 22 meeting rooms in 13,000 square feet of event space • Marriott Knoxville: 20,000 square feet of event space B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : KNOXVILLE Visit Knoxville Contact: World's Fair Park

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