SEP 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 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 space in the South Main Historic Arts District of downtown Memphis. Also new for down- town, the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education has opened with reception, meet- ing and performance spaces, including a recep- tion hall, classrooms and 361-seat theater. The Memphis Cook Convention Center, located on the city's vintage Main Street Trol- ley line and within walking distance to Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum and attractions on the Mississippi River, can host groups of up to 7,000 for banquets and up to 10,000 for meetings in more than 350,000 total square feet of function space. The center is connected by covered walkway to the 600- room Sheraton Memphis Downtown and works with a committable room block in the down- town of 1,300 rooms. The center includes the 2,100-seat Cannon Center. On the campus of the University of Mem- phis, the FedEx Institute of Technology has 22 meeting rooms, a 190-seat tiered amphitheater and an 85-seat theater. Additional Memphis Meeting And Event Space: • FedEx Forum: part of the Beale Street Entertainment District; banquet maximum 700; six meeting rooms • Agricenter International: eight meeting rooms; 2,000-seat banquet maximum; 800- seat amphitheater and five meeting rooms • Center for Southern Folklore: meeting or reception capacity of 150 • Fogelman Executive Conference Center & Hotel: 133 guest rooms; 30,500 square feet of function space with 21 meeting rooms • The Peabody Memphis: 464 guest rooms; 20 meeting rooms in 8,000 square feet of event space • Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel and Conference Center: 256 guest rooms; 35,000 square feet of meeting space • DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis: 280 guest rooms; 9,000 square feet of event space • Big Cypress Lodge: located in the Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid; 103 guest rooms; meeting space for up to 176; reception space for 800 • Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown: 230 guest rooms; meeting maximum of 244 people • Holiday Inn Downtown: can host up to 275 The Great Smoky Mountains provide both a backdrop and an incentive for events in Gatlinburg, said Marci Claude, public rela- tions manager for Gatlinburg CVB, noting that the city is easily accessible to two- thirds of the U.S. population east of the Mississippi. Along with the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the city offers many events and at- tractions. "Special events are a hallmark of Gatlinburg," Claude said. "Arts and crafts fairs, a wine festival, foodie street events, award-winning parades: Gatlinburg has something going on ideal for groups." TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards named Gatlinburg the #1 Destination on the Rise in the U.S. and #4 in the world. Located in the center of town, within walking distance to attractions, hotels and restaurants, the Gatlinburg Convention Center can host events for up to 6,000. The center's Great Hall can accommodate up to 350 booths for trade shows. The W.L. Mills Conference Center, adjoining the convention center, adds a 17,000-square- foot ballroom and additional function space. Gatlinburg has a number of new and ren- ovated hotels. The 300-room Park Vista, a DoubleTree by Hilton, completed a comprehensive room renovation in March 2016. The hotel has 25,000 square feet of event space. Zoder's Inn & Suites, which offers 90 guest rooms, completed a meet- ing space upgrade and added an outdoor pavilion facility to host up to 80 guests. Two hotels are set to open in spring 2017, both one block from the Gatlinburg Con- vention Center: the 114-room Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail and the 98-room Fairfield Inn and Suites. Additional Gatlinburg Meeting And Event Space: • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies: reception space for up to 2,000 • Ober Gatlinburg: banquet capacity of up to 250 • The Greystone Lodge On The River, Gatlinburg: 241 guest rooms; banquet space for up to 120 • Courtyard Gatlinburg: 130 guest rooms; 2,500 square feet of event space; directly across from Convention Center • Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg: 118 guest rooms; 1,200 square feet of meet- ing space • Clarion Inn & Suites: 130 guest rooms; the area's only rooftop meeting space with penthouse suites ranging from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet each n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Gatlinburg Contact: Gatlinburg at night Gatlinburg CVB

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