Nashville works to keep conventions after floods

Nashville tourism officials are working to keep conventions in town in the aftermath of widespread flooding in early May that swamped the massive Gaylord Opryland Resort.

The Associated Press
An Industrial Park is flooded on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday. The water is reported to be still rising.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville tourism officials are working to keep conventions in town in the aftermath of widespread flooding in early May that swamped the massive Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Two hundred meetings in Nashville had been scheduled over the next five months at the resort, the cornerstone of the city's convention business.

The resort, with 2,881 rooms, will be closed at least three months.

Displaced groups are being courted with attractive incentives and sweet discounts by other cities and rival hotel chains.

According to The Tennessean newspaper, 100 groups that had initially indicated they were interested in staying in Nashville have instead booked in other cities or canceled. Memphis and Knoxville have landed at least one convention each.

Information from: The Tennessean


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 95201519 - local8now.com/a?a=95201519
Gray Television, Inc.