SEP 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 50 T E N N E S S E E • Courtyard Chattanooga at Hamilton Place: 109 guest rooms; meeting space for up to 40 people (For more information, see Breakout Spot- light on this page.) Gatlinburg The City of Gatlinburg has been garnering high praise lately, according to Dave Es- slinger, director of sales for the Gatlinburg CVB. "This spring, Gatlinburg was listed by MSN as the state of Tennessee's prettiest town, and Forbes magazine listed it as one of its top prettiest towns in America. Also, Rip- ley's Aquarium of the Smokies [which offers dinner event space for between 20 and 600 guests] was named Best U.S. Aquarium for 2017 by USA Today readers." The city has seen a number of major hotel renovations and new openings. A 114-room Hampton Inn opened in June, and a 98-room Fairfield Inn and Suites opens September 2017. Both are one block from the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Margaritaville Resort in the Smokies is set to open in spring 2018, just a 10-minute walk from the convention center, with 174 guest rooms and signature Margari- taville food and amenities. Hotels that have recently completed renova- tions include Glenstone Lodge, which offers more than 12,000 square feet of function space, and the Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center, with 7,000 square feet of event space. Located in the center of town, the Gat- linburg Convention Center can host events for up to 6,000. The center's Great Hall can accommodate up to 350 booths; the adjoin- ing W.L. Mills Conference Center features a 17,000-square-foot ballroom and additional function space. The Rowdy Bear Coaster at Rowdy Bear Mountain is a new gravity-operated coaster that winds along a mile-long track down the mountainside with riders controlling their own speed, from a leisurely amble up to 30 miles per hour. Also new are attractions at Ana- keesta Mountain that begin with a 12-minute chairlift or enclosed gondola ride to the top where guests can shop and dine, ride zip lines or explore a treetop canopy walk. Hotels with major meeting space in Gat- linburg include the 300-room Park Vista, a DoubleTree by Hilton, with 25,000 square The only city to twice be named Best Town Ever by Outside magazine online, Chatta- nooga continues to up the ante on fun, both indoors and out. New for 2017, Songbirds Guitar Muse- um is part of the $20 million renovation at the city's iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo complex. Showcasing a collection of more than 400 timeless guitars in the permanent exhibit, along with rotating exhibits, the museum offers a unique venue for concerts, receptions, parties or other events. Adding to Chattanooga's free, all-electric shuttle service with routes throughout down- town and across the river to the trendy North Shore, the city has a new Hop On/Off Trolley Tour that takes visitors on a 75-minute tour with stops at 12 points of interest. Sculpture Fields, a new 33-acre sculpture park in the Southside District, features 30 large-scale sculptures, walking paths, green spaces and more. A visitors' center, class- rooms and amphitheater are planned for Phases 2 and 3 at the park. One of the World's 10 Best City Running Trails (CNN Travel), the Tennessee Riv- erpark added a three-mile expansion that extends along the river to the base of Lookout Mountain. Unlike the original trail, which passes through wetlands and woods, the expansion highlights the city's industrial and cultural heritage. Located 1,200 feet below ground on Look- out Mountain, Ruby Falls is in the midst of a $20 million expansion and upgrade to include a new observation and viewing area, new entrance, expanded retail and new parking. Ruby Falls is America's deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall. Other new attractions in the city include Southeastern Adventure Tours, a Tennessee River outfitter; Escape Mission Chattanooga, great for team-building; and Chattanooga Cycleboats, 14-passenger party boats on the Tennessee River. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Chattanooga CVB Contact: Chattanooga CVB Gatlinburg Mills Auditorium Songbirds Guitar Museum

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