FEB 2015

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 44 I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E T O ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA T ENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Nashville is on fire right now when it comes to hosting meetings and events. Along with a new convention center, a new Omni hotel and expanded Country music museum, the city is on schedule to open several additional hotels in the next two years. All of this development is pouring in groups to the South's premier Country music city. Along with the bustling city of Nashville, the adjacent counties of Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson can provide viable options for either an outside base when Nashville hotel space is scarce or too pricey, or a self-contained meeting destination that makes a Music City visit within easy range—all three are located within about a 30- to 40-minute drive of downtown Nashville. n Central Tennessee The newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located adjacent to Nashville's new convention center and at- tached to the new Omni Nashville. Country Music Hall of Fame Located in downtown Nashville and adjacent to the city's new Music City Center and Omni Nashville Hotel, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (pictured above) recently completed its state-of-the-art expansion with the opening of an additional 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The ambitious 210,000-square-foot expan- sion more than doubles the size of the mu- seum and augments the institution's ability to focus on its core mission to preserve, inter- pret and teach the history of country music and related vernacular music rooted in Southern culture, explained Kyle Young, Museum Director. "This expansion is a major milestone," Young siad. "It also embodies the exciting momentum shaping Nashville today, espe- cially downtown." The new spaces include a 10,000-square- foot event hall, the 800-seat CMA Theater, a terrace with skyline views, a private dining room and more. At the recently opened Omni Nashville Hotel, you'll find 800 luxury guest rooms and more than 80,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The upscale property is connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and adjacent to The Music City Convention Center. n Downtown Nashville Is Upscale Country Music n Nashville n Rutherford County n Williamson County n Wilson County

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