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EAST TENNESSEE East Tennessee contains many of the loftiest peaks in the eastern United States. The highest is Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Moun- tains National Park. Knoxville The largest city in east Tennessee, Knoxville has nearly 9,000 hotel rooms, 2,000 of which are within walking distance of the Knoxville Convention Center. Located on the site of the 1982 World's Fair, the convention center has 500,000 square feet of event space, including an 800-seat amphitheater, plus two large festi- val lawns. The center is LEED Silver certified and features a permanent art collection valued at more than $1 million. Visit Knoxville will partner with the convention center in fall 2016 to offer conference attendees complimentary Wi-Fi in all meeting rooms, ballrooms and concourse areas. Additionally, a new 165-room boutique Hyatt will open in 2017 in the historic 1920's-era Farragut Hotel building, with 2,700 square feet of event space. To get close to nature, visitors can expe- rience the city's Urban Wilderness, where team-building opportunities abound. Just five minutes from downtown, the 1,000-acre park includes 50 miles of multi-use trails, Civil War sites and other attractions, including a tree- based zipline at Ijams Nature Center. Additional Knoxville Meeting And Event Space: • Crowne Plaza Knoxville Downtown: 197 guest rooms; 15,000 square feet of meeting space • Hilton Knoxville: 320 guest rooms; 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: 378 guest rooms; 20,000 square feet of function space • Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville: 129 guest rooms; five meeting rooms; banquet seating for up to 122 • Knoxville Civic Auditorium and • Coliseum: multi-use facility for up to 6,400 people; 2,500-seat auditorium • Women's Basketball Hall of Fame: meeting, reception and dinner venues with seating for up to 200; full-facility rental can accommodate up to 600 • Chilhowee Park: 4,500-seat amphitheater; two-story exhibit hall • University of Tennessee Conference Center: 20 meeting rooms for up to 300 attendees Pigeon Forge "Pigeon Forge consistently introduces some- thing new every year, and that's a real treat for planners and their guests," said Joy Mc- Nealy, senior sales manager for Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. "Pigeon Forge is an accommodating meeting location that also offers plenty of opportunities for convention attendees to explore and experience a great destination." Two new hotels opened in 2016, according to McNealy: Courtyard, opening this fall, has 137 guest rooms and 4,000 square feet of event space; the 112-room Hilton Garden Inn has 2,000 square feet of function space plus a 35- seat theater. Coming in late 2016 is The Black Fox Lodge, with 178 guest rooms and suites and a 5,000-square-foot event space. Planned to open in 2018, the $10 million summit at Country Cascades will have 98 suites and a 30,000-square-foot outdoor water park. Pigeon Forge's LeConte Center is a S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 49 T E N N E S S E E The historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville Pigeon Forge-Lumberjack Adventure acrobats. Courtesy Pigeon Forge Dept of Tourism RiverStone Resort & Spa in Pigeon Forge Visit Knoxville