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Nashville Music city extends a warm welcome [ON LOCATION] LAUREL HERMAN C reativity and authentic meeting venues continue to expand and delight in Nashville, a city infused with music, and the recent host of the IBTM Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. "Nashville's brand is music, all kinds of music, and its food scene is exploding as well," says Mike Owen, president of Event Genuity, an event management company that specializes in helping groups experience the true essence of Nashville. "We can offer amazing experiences. From Honky Tonk row where musicians perform for just tips to venues like the Ryman Auditorium, where performers such as Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw have performed-it's all part of the city's 150 live music venues." Our IBTM group was given an authentic Nashville experience via an evening event at Tequila Cowboy, located in the heart of Honky Tonk row. Live music bellowed from the 1st-floor music stage and the 2nd floor space was dedicated to our group, with free flowing food and drink such as barbeque chicken, pulled pork, tacos plus shrimp and grits...all while we attempted to ride the mechanical bull, explored a VIP moonshine tasting room and other distractions. The venue hosts groups from 30 to 1,800. There is also a growing list of new hotels in the works plus properties with refreshes and an array of venues with storied musical history for planners to book. 78 | prevuemeetings.com MEETING PROPERTIES Gaylord Opryland Resort is a destination onto itself. With 2,882 rooms and 700,000-sf of convention and meeting space the resort sprawls over 9 acres "under air." The large dome lets natural light filter in; lush landscaped gardens and waterways meander between accommodation buildings, meeting space and dining options. IBTM was just one of a number of conferences being held here simultaneously. The hotel layout and size allowed for these multiple conferences without congestion while maintaining high levels of service. We loved their spacious Garden Conservatory rooms, which were well-appointed and fresh with good internet service for the business traveler. All 483 of these rooms were renovated in 2015, and the 795-room Cascade section will also be completed in the same sleek and stylish look this November. Beginning in January 2017, the Delta rooms will also be updated in the same style. The property also recently renovated the Delta, Governor's and Presidential ballrooms as well as the roughly 18,300-sf Tennessee. Randy Miller, director of sales and marketing, says Gaylord is all about meetings. "We have 50,000 room nights a year and high volume, high service is what we are about. This service focus helps us to achieve our 46 percent repeat business throughout the Gaylord brand." http://www.prevuemeetings.com

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