MAR 2012

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Home Planning Directory Planner Resources SPECI AL ADVER T I SI NG & I NF O RMAT I O N SECT I O N Meeting Site Showcase Enjoy Great Meetings In Knoxville! Knoxville offers a wonderfully diverse mix of big-city amenities and attractions delivered with small-town charm and hospitality. Located in the geographical center of the east- ern United States and situated at the cross- roads of three major interstates (I-75, I-40 and I-81), Knoxville is within a day's drive for more than half the nation's population. Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport, the pre- mier air facility serving East Tennessee, is located only 12 miles south of downtown Knoxville and provides eight airlines with 20 non-stop destinations and more than 140 arrivals and departures each day. The Knoxville Convention Center is the cornerstone of the city's meeting venues. The 500,000-square-foot convention center is located in the heart of downtown Knoxville and features a 120,000-square-foot exhibit hall that accommodates up to 600 booths, 10,400 general session participants or 5,000 banquet participants. It also houses East Tennessee's largest divisible ballroom, a 27,000-square-foot space that fits up to 1,700 people for a formal banquet or 2,600 for a general session, as well as a 461-seat lecture hall. ■ Teresa Hall, Director of Sales & Marketing Administration, Knoxville Tourism & Sports Commission Teresa, a native Knoxvillian, has worked in the hospitality indus- try for over 40 years, most recently as Direc- tor of Sales & Marketing Administration with the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation. (865) 342-9118 or (800) 727-8045 36 ConventionSouth MARCH 2012 www.con v DESTINATION SHOWCASE

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