SEP 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² S E P T E M B E R 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 60 Additional Lodging and Event Venues in Nashville Area • Vanderbilt University Office of Conferences: 1,500-seat arena, meeting capacity of 1,100 • Lipscomb University: various spaces on cam- pus with banquet seating for up to 1,000; arena seating for up to 5,000; 300-seat theater • One Century Place Conference Center: 20,000 square feet of meeting space with 16 rooms; meeting capacity of 200 • Scarritt Bennett Center: 112 guest rooms; 25 meeting rooms; 20,000 total square feet • Frist Center for the Visual Arts: 9,500 square feet with three event rooms; banquet capacity of up to 500; 270-seat theater • DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown: 341 gues- trooms; 14 meeting rooms in 21,000 total square feet of event space • Embassy Suites by Hilton at Vanderbilt: 208 suites; five meeting rooms for up to 150 • Embassy Suites South Cool Springs: 250 suites; meeting capacity of 1,100 • Holiday Inn Nashville Airport/Opryland: 383 rooms; 7,500 square feet of meeting space • Holiday Inn Vanderbilt: 297 rooms; can ac- commodate up to 416 people for meetings and up to 250 for banquets • Hutton Hotel: 257 guest rooms; meeting ca- pacity of 500 • Loews Vanderbilt Hotel: 340 guest rooms; meeting capacity of 1,000 • Nashville Airport Marriott: 392 rooms; 27,000 square feet of meeting space • The Mill at Lebanon (Lebanon): 60,000 total square feet; meeting capacity of 1,500; near commuter rail station Rutherford County Business is booming in Middle Tennessee and Murfreesboro in Rutherford County is leading the way. According to Paul Latture, president of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, the county is a magnet for businesses large and small, and for the thousands of people mov- ing to the area. "Last year alone we had about 2,300 new jobs for Rutherford County," he said. "Everything about Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is racing to keep up with the growth and nothing is slowing down. There are just more than 300,000 people living there now and that is expected to nearly double in the next 10 to 15 years." In addition to Murfreesboro (home to Mid- dle Tennessee State University), Rutherford County includes cities of Smyrna, La Vergne and Eagleville. According to the Rutherford County CVB, the area offers planners more than 4,200 area hotel rooms and 110,000 square feet of meeting space in more than 100 venues, including a new conference center at Fountains at Gateway, a mixed-use development. The Foun- tains Conference Center, set to debut this fall, will have 6,700 square feet of meeting and event space, and 1,900-square-feet of covered outdoor terrace space. Also new for Rutherford County, a Home2 Suites and Tru by Hilton will open this fall in Smyrna with 78 rooms on the Tru side and 89 on the Home2 side, according to the CVB. The new RT Lodge in Maryville, situated in a secluded spot adjacent to Maryville College in downtown, is a prime location for corporate retreats, weddings and other events. The hotel and restaurant are owned by Ruby Tuesday, which has its corporate headquarters in Maryville. "We thought there was a great oppor- tunity to provide a downtown Maryville option for hotel accommodations that provided quick access to the airport and the surrounding business community for those needing a home base," said Gary Doyle, RT Lodge's general manager. The lodge is a prized local destination for special events and corporate retreats, Doyle said. "Our location gives the feeling of being at a remote, natural and elegantly rustic hotel and restaurant, while being only 30 minutes from downtown Knoxville and 10 minutes from the airport." Event space at the lodge includes a conference room that seats up to 50, the Morning Room, which can accommodate up to 30 people, and a 14-seat board room. An outdoor event tent can host up to 300 for receptions or theater-style presentations. The lodge seeks to leave no details un- attended, from the aesthetics and lighting to meals, accommodations and friendly, helpful interactions with a hospitality-driv- en service and culinary team, Doyle said: "If every need is anticipated and provided in a way that is above expectations, then hopefully our guests will leave here feeling better than when they arrived." Q B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Smoky Mountain Tourism Contact: T E N N E S S E E Maryville RT Lodge in Maryville

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