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JUL 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 32 Sponsored Content Small Markets ...BIG ON MEETINGS! little work. A little play. Sometimes that simple balance can be hard to accomplish. But in Sevierville, it's easy to coordinate a convention that feels like a real vacation for your attendees – because it can be. Plan your next convention in Sevierville, Tennessee and let your attendees enjoy all the Smoky Mountains have to offer. Choose Unexpected Venues Set the tone for fun when you choose unexpected venues in Sevierville. From opening night receptions in a distillery (Sevier Distilling Company is known for producing Yenoh a rare honey-based spirit) to team building dodgeball trampoline competitions at Sevier Air, there's no limit to out-of-the-box options for your convention. Of course, traditional meeting space is also plentiful. The Sevierville Convention Center offers 150,000 flexible square feet of space flanked by two championship golf courses and a world-class water park resort. Smaller venues such as Five Oaks Conference Center and River Plantation Conference Center also offer exceptional spaces and are centrally located in the center of restaurants, shopping, and attractions. Travel With The Family Let them work. Let them play. Encourage attendees to bring the whole family and let them explore Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains. From family fun attractions like Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, NASCAR SpeedPark, and Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park, Sevierville offers plenty to keep even the littlest kids happy. Wilderness at the Smokies Water Park Resort is connected to the Sevierville Convention Center and offers year-round fun at one indoor and two outdoor water parks as well as mini golf, a dry play area called Adventure Forest, and crafting classes for kids. Once the workday is done, families can reconnect for dinner and explore town together. Restaurants like Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, located on a working apple orchard, serve up traditional southern food with lots of love. Add A Little Romance Arrive for work, stay for fun. Bring your love and plan a long weekend to wrap up your work week in Sevierville. Plan a few days of R&R hiking to beautiful vistas in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and touring the wineries and distilleries that dot our famed Parkway. Enjoy a couple's massage at award-winning spas and plan romantic dinners at out-of-the-way eateries. Connect With Friends Hang out a little longer with your travel family in Sevierville. Spend a few days before or after the expo reconnecting with industry friends and exploring the Smokies. Sevierville is famous for its outlet shopping and at Tanger Outlets Sevierville you'll find more than 100 high-end, name brand stores filled with great deals. Then be adventurous and head for the great outdoors. More than 14 zipline excursions are found in and around Sevierville. Daredevils can also ride to the top of Bluff Mountain on an ATV, step foot on the world-famous Appalachian Trail (and hike a mile or two of it), and even plan a day of low-impact paintball – how fun! To learn more about all the fun your convention attendees can have in Sevierville, request a free Sevierville Vacation Guide now. ■ Sevierville, TN: A Vacation Destination That Really Works A Tony Funderburg, Director of Sales & Advertising A 20 year tour and travel industry veteran, Tony Funderburg is an avid foodie, golfer and hiker. He and his wife, Kay, spend weekends traveling to cheer on their youngest daughter's AAU basketball games and enjoy exploring the cultural scene in the small markets that allows them to visit. Sevierville CVB (865) 868-4964 tfunderburg@scoc.org www.VisitSevierville.com

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