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SEP 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 52 T E N N E S S E E Island Inn opened in August 2017 at The Island in Pigeon Forge (a 23-acre entertain- ment destination), with 104 suites and beach- styled amenities; and Home2 Suites by Hilton opened in spring 2017, with 107 suites and eco-conscious amenities, according to the city's tourism department. The largest meeting and event facility in Pigeon Forge is the LeConte Center, a 232,000-square-foot multipurpose event center with 112,500 square feet of clear-span exhibit space and a main hall seating capacity of 12,000 people. According to the tourism office, the center is centrally located with access to the Little Pigeon River Riverwalk, the Old Mill Historic District, and The Island entertainment area. (For more information, see Breakout Spot- light on page 54.) Sevierville Downtown Sevierville has a growing arts scene that's sure to appeal to event attendees, said Amanda Marr, director of marketing and communications for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. "We have three new galleries and ongoing arts events, a quilt shop, two boutiques, restaurants and more, popping up all over downtown, which is now a Tennessee Main Street community," she said. "Visitors can see the Dolly Parton statue (Sevierville is her hometown) and enjoy a self-guided history walking tour with a map available at downtown businesses." Marr has several ideas for planners looking for group entertainment ideas. "Downtown restaurants will work with you to plan a dinner and street party; you can schedule an arts class with a local artist; have fun with a low-impact paintball tournament at Tennes- see Mountain Paintball; or spend an evening doing some exhilarating team-building at area zip lines and rope courses, such as Adventure- works or Adventure Park at Five Oaks." Opened in late summer 2017, Sevier Dis- tilling Company offers group tastings and behind-the-scenes tours. Tennessee Legend Distillery opened a new retail store in spring 2017. Marr noted that the Lodge at Five Oaks (formerly Fairfield Inn Five Oaks) has com- pleted a rebranding and total renovation to feature a rustic "life on the farm" look with Directly adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg's The Park Vista, a Double- Tree by Hilton hotel, offers planners the only hotel in Sevier County with 300 guest rooms and 25,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space under one roof, said Sharon Rinehart, the hotel's director of sales. "We also have breathtaking guest room balcony views of the park and the city, and a back lawn and pavil- ion for outdoor receptions, parties or dinners that also has amazing views." The hotel is set in a quiet location near the park and away from much of the high-traffic areas but guests can take ad- vantage of the City of Gatlinburg's trolley "that literally picks up and drops off at our front door," Rinehart said. With several "big projects" in the plan- ning stage to be announced soon, Rinehart said The Park Vista offers planners a Convention Services and Catering Team that manages every detail. "Plus," she said, "we have an Executive Chef who is always finding new and unique menu plans and can customize menus especially for your event." n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Park Vista Hotel Contact: www.parkvista.com Covered bridge in Sevier County Pavilion at Park Vista Hotel

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