Visitors' exec. says struggling to get conventions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The man responsible for booking Nashville's $585 million Music City Center says he's losing possible conventions because of a shortage of luxury hotels.

Butch Spyridon is president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He told The Tennessean newspaper the city is losing business because it can't piece together a 2,000- to 3,000-room block.

He described the lost convention groups as "higher-end" organizations that are "willing to pay a little more."

Spyridon is hoping Nashville lands a 400- to 500-room full-service hotel to complement the city's new 800-room Omni Hotel coming online. He says the city should also consider tax incentives to spur construction of another hotel.

The Music City Center is scheduled to open in May.


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