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