SEP 2018

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ²ConventionSouth ² 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 feet of meeting space. The Great Hall can accom- modate up to 6,000 people in theater-style seating or 350 exhibitor booths, and the Tennessee Ballroom can seat up to 1,220 people for dinners. The adjacent W.L. Mills Conference Center includes an auditorium, boardrooms, ballroom and breakout rooms. Unique off-site venues include Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, which can host groups of up to 1,200 people for parties or dinners, and the historic Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts that offers lodging, dining and meeting spaces for groups of up to 175. Gatlinburg has more than 14,000 sleeping rooms in downtown or mountaintop locations, ranging from full-service hotels to condomini- ums, chalets and cabins. Hotels with major meeting space include the 300-room Park Vista, a Doubletree by Hilton, with 25,000 square feet of indoor event space plus event lawn and pavilion (See Breakout Spotlight page 52 for more information); River Terrace Resort and Con- vention Center, with more than 21,000 square feet of event space; and Glenstone Lodge, with 12,000 total square feet of event space. Edgewa- ter Hotel at the Aquarium and Conference Center has 7,000 square feet of event space; 130-room Blackbear Inn and Suites can accommodate up to 250 for meetings; Clarion Inn and Suites provides 131 guest rooms and 3,500 square feet of func- tion space; and Greystone Lodge on the River has 241 guest rooms and banquet space for up to 120. Brookside Resort has 165 guest rooms and event space for up to 200 people; Hilton Garden Inn Downtown offers 118 guest rooms and event space for up to 120; and Reagan Resorts Inn has 58 guest rooms and a meeting capacity of 75. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 50 for more information.) Pigeon Forge Pigeon Forge offers planners more than 145,000 square feet of function space at more than 20 ven- ues, plus a five-mile parkway lined with dozens of attractions and more than 200 shops, according to the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. New attractions include Pigeon Forge Snow, offering real snow and indoor tubing year-round in a 35,000-square-foot climate-controlled facility; Crave Golf Club, a $7 million, 36-hole golf destination with indoor, hillside and rooftop courses; and the world's largest replica of the RMS Titanic built from 56,000 LEGO bricks and on display at the Titanic Museum Attraction. New and reprised entertainment options are Lum- berjack Feud, in which guests can watch a show and then participate in safe-for-novices versions of logging events; and Celebration!, a high-fly- ing, circus-themed dinner show at Dollywood theme park, which offers planners a number of theaters and other indoor and outdoor spaces, with seating for between 200 and 1,750 guests. New hotels now open or set to open soon in Pigeon Forge are a 102-unit Tru by Hilton and a 108-room Fairfield Inn & Suites. Opened in 2017, Summit Tower at Country Cascades Waterpark Resort has 98 suites and 14,000 square feet of meeting space. With 232,000 total square feet, a 100,500- square-foot column-free exhibit hall and 17 breakout rooms, LeConte Event Center is the ►

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