Tennessee Boasts Exciting Annual Music Events

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Living up to the state slogan, “America at its Best,” Tennessee is home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland , Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Great Smoky Mountains. Musical performances throughout Tennessee are also a huge attraction for locals and visitors.

Eastern Tennessee Reopens for Business After Devastating Wildfires

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Last week, wildfires tore through eastern Tennessee, affecting several resort towns near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The post Eastern Tennessee Reopens for Business After Devastating Wildfires appeared first on Smart Meetings.

New & Renovated: In the Heart of the City

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Fairlane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee Since it opened earlier this year, Fairlane Hotel has been inviting guests to experience the modern vibrancy Nashville has to offer.

The Mysterious Barkley Marathons and Other Bizarre Events

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Trends & Event Ideas sporting events running ultra runners ultra marathons Barkley marathons Tennessee running runners ultra marathon sport eventsGrowing in popularity, with mysterious planning and organisation, the Barkley ultramarathon race defies event planning logic.

Train Stations Blend History and Art to Make Unique Events Venues

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Pulling into St. Louis Union Station at the dawn of the 20th century, passengers were not just arriving at another stop on the rails.

10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

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The Peabody Hotel — Memphis, Tennessee. The Hermitage Hotel — Nashville, Tennessee. pete beach tennessee the american club the broadmoor the don cesar the hermitage hotel the omni homestead resort the peabody the royal hawaiian virginia wisconsin

Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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Tennessee: Mud Pie. Bring your ap-PIE-tite to meetings today! It’s March 14 (3/14), which means it’s Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant 3.14.

Loews Goes Local

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Or: In Nashville, guests can brighten their stay at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel with Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream liqueur. Gone are the days of “one size fits all” hotels.

Historic Meeting Grounds

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Destinations adelphi american atlanta california course dominican doubletree downtown golf hilton historic holston house meeting nashville national new opening remodeled republic revamp sarasota space springs tennessee tortuga

Top 5 Foliage Destinations

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Gatlinburg, Tennessee). Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The time to plan for fall events has arrived! After all, the brisk season is only about a month away. So while our minds might be currently occupied by sunshine, pools and tan lines, organizing next season’s festivities will keep meeting and event planners ahead of the game.

Is Your Head in the Cloud?

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He has published articles in Meetings and Conventions, Convene, Meeting Mentor magazine, Connect magazine, Plan-It Tennessee, The Meeting Professional, Meetings Focus and Successful Meetings magazines and as a guest columnist for The Tennessean and Nashville Business Journal.

25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

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” Four Tennessee attractions made the list, including the No.1 Memphis, Tennessee, lays claim to the other three ranked attractions: Beale Street, a historic downtown district; the National Civil Rights Museum – Lorraine Motel; and, of course, Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

New CVB President Barry E. White Sings Chattanooga’s Praises

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White couldn’t get enough of Tennessee— Chattanooga , specifically. White was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, so it’s befitting that he returned to his home state last year to become president and CEO of the Chattanooga CVB after serving leading the Augusta (Georgia) CVB for 23 years. From an internal standpoint, we’re also looking at increased opportunities for visitors to engage with the Tennessee River.

Las Vegas No. 1 Among Most Fun Cities

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17 Knoxville, Tennessee, home to the University of Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s no surprise that the most fun cities in the United States, according to a new report released by WalletHub, are also key meeting destinations. Las Vegas ranked No.

2018 40 Under 40: Richard J. Kenney

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My hospitality experience came back after receiving my master’s degree and working for the University of Tennessee, where I was able to experience summer camps and conferences. Richard J. Kenney, 32, works in Miami as associate director of housing operations and facilities at the University of Miami. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, Kenney discusses his passion for the events industry. Connect with Kenney on Twitter and Instagram.

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There’s a World of New Reasons to Meet in Chattanooga

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Walking through many parts of Chattanooga , Tennessee, is like visiting a completely different city from just a few years ago. Chattanooga’s newest hotel, The Edwin, combines views and modern luxury in a prime location overlooking the Tennessee River and the Bluff View Art District.

Take A Bite Out of Shark Week At Aquatic Meeting Venues

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A post shared by Tennessee Aquarium (@tennesseeaquarium) on Jul 6, 2015 at 12:34pm PDT. Tennessee Aquarium—Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3-D Theater has three buildings for meeting professionals to choose from.

TC Restaurant Group

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TC Restaurant Group has made a name for itself in Nashville, Tennessee — and beyond — with its country-cool namesakes and restaurant-entertainment venue hybrids like Tequila Cowboy, Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, Crazy Town, and FGL House.

Will Airline Pilot Shortage Cripple Second-Tier Markets?

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American Airlines, for instance, announced in April that it had formed American Airlines Cadet Academy to train new pilots, with schools in Phoenix; Pompano Beach, Florida; and Millington, Tennessee. Everyone loves to complain about air travel today. Cramped cabins. Added fees for everything.

A Better Way to Serve Premium Wine to Your Event Attendees

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The company’s Electric Sky Wine Pinot Grigio, Rosé, and California Red Blend were the exclusive wines sold at Governors Ball music festival in New York, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, and Mamby on the Beach in Chicago earlier this summer.

A Better Way to Serve Premium Wine to Your Event Attendees

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The company’s Electric Sky Wine Pinot Grigio, Rosé, and California Red Blend were the exclusive wines sold at Governors Ball music festival in New York, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, and Mamby on the Beach in Chicago earlier this summer.

5 Seasonal Hotel Cocktails You Can Make at Home

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1 fresh squeezed lime The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee: Candy Cane Martini The Peabody Hotel 1½ oz. Incorporating a signature drink in an event automatically adds a level of sophistication. During the holidays, a festive libation could be considered a must-have.

Using storytelling to create successful fundraisers

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Gretchen Gallagher was working for a large animal rescue organization in Florida as the director of philanthropy when they raided an unethical breeder on a farm in Tennessee and saved more than 400 animals.

California Travel Ban Provokes Scorn and Cancellations

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Tennessee’s state Senate passed a resolution mocking California and calling for the state to pass a reciprocal ban. ” The original California measure, which was put into effect as a law this past January, included Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Southside Social

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Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Southside Social operates as a bowling alley, bar, game spot, eatery and event venue, all rolled into one. A fun, memorable experience is pretty much guaranteed after a visit to Southside Social. Founded in 2015, Southside Social boasts 10 bowling lanes, three bars, lounge seating complete with flat-screen TVs, an indoor gaming area with everything from pool tables to shuffleboard, and an outdoor courtyard with bocce ball, fire pits and more.

California Bans State-Funded Travel to Four States with Anti-LGBT Laws

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The other states listed in California’s ban are Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. In April, Tennessee passed a law enabling counselors and therapists to decline to serve LGBT individuals if it violates their beliefs. Pier 39 in San Francisco.

The Cost of Conscience

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17, the Tennessee Senate had passed legislation that would allow counselors and therapists to refuse to treat a patient if doing so would “conflict with a sincerely held religious belief.” It belonged to Nashville, Tennessee, until it belonged to another host destination.

Eight Brilliant Meeting Sites Along Solar Eclipse Path

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The eclipse will pass over portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, but research what specific locations will get to enjoy totality, some of which are very remote and uninhabited.

20 Powerful Product Launch Event Ideas

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Launch Tennessee is on a mission to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the Union. Give your products the launch they deserve. Discover product launch event examples from leading brands like Google, Moz, and Magento and more. New product on the way?

McConnell Hospitality Group

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In 2006, Culinary Institute of America graduate Jason McConnell decided to create his own restaurant concept in Franklin, Tennessee, right outside of Nashville. Since then, the McConnell Hospitality Group has grown to include three full-service restaurants, a catering company, as well as a private events venue. To help make their event management process better, the McConnell Hospitality Group turned to Gather to: . Streamline internal & external communication.

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Wyndham to Add 46 US Properties

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The agreement ramps up Wyndham’s visibility near Nashville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Kansas; Jefferson City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Buffalo, New York. “As Wyndham Hotel Group continues to solidify its standing as a big dog on the U.S. midscale and economy hotel landscape.

U.S. Music Cities for Your Event

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Nashville, Tennessee. Music has a powerful connection to human emotion. That makes picking the right tunes a make-it-or-break-it aspect of any event. A successful playlist requires asking the right questions long before you crank up the volume. Who are you trying to please?

4 Smart Moves at Dream Hotel Group, Castlerock Asset Management and More

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Hugh Templeman Castlerock Asset Management appointed Hugh Templeman general manager of The Westin Nashville in Tennessee. Abid Butt Dream Hotel Group appointed Abid Butt CEO for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

5 Most Popular Travel Emojis

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Nashville, Tennessee: guitar. Whether hitting the road for meetings or pleasure, many travelers share their adventures and whereabouts on social media and through text messages within 24 hours of arriving.

10 All-Inclusive Resorts for Inspiring Incentives

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Blackberry Farm (Tennessee, U.S.). Blackberry Farm nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee is an ideal escape for those seeking genuine seclusion. All-inclusive resorts are the epitome of luxury —relaxation free of constant payment.

#VegasStrong Rings Globally

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— Nashville Tennessee (@visitmusiccity) October 2, 2017. Following the massacre that took place in Las Vegas on the evening of October 1, the hashtag #VegasStrong has been circulating as a demonstration of worldwide support.

Wasserman brings the NFL to life with a Piccadilly Circus takeover

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The NFL London Games series will feature three match-ups: Seattle Seahawks vs Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur (October 14, 6pm), Tennessee Titans vs Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley (October 21, 2.30pm), and Philadelphia Eagles vs Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley (October 28, 1.30pm).

California Bans State Travel to Four More States; Texas Responds

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The law originally included Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. California has just announced an addition to its ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with LGBTQ discriminating laws.

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10 Friendliest Cities for Your Next Meeting

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Nashville, Tennessee. There’s a lot to be said for readers’ surveys about travel even if those surveys aren’t specifically about the meetings and events industry. In one of its latest reports, Conde Nast Traveler has identified its top 10 friendliest cities.

Top Historic Hotels Feature Memorable Meeting Venues

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The Peabody Memphis , Tennessee. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs. There’s definitely a meetings and events correlation among the top 10 historic hotels in the 2016 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

Cvent Ranks Top 100 U.S. Meeting Hotels for 2017

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This year, another Nashville, Tennessee, property has taken its place. Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennesse. Cvent has unveiled its annual list of the top hotels for meetings and events in the United States.

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#LaterParty in Nashville: ACCE Annual Convention

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EventBank just finished up four awesome days in the country music capital of the world: Nashville, Tennessee. The 2017 ACCE Annual Convention. This past week, EventBank hosted their #L aterParty during the 2017 ACCE Annual Convention. This was a great opportunity for our CEO Eric L.

Hilton Announces 14th Brand, Tapestry Collection

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– Nashville, Tennessee. Hilton Worldwide launched its Tapestry Collection brand last week, but meeting planners will have to stay tuned to find out about meeting potential at the properties.