Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2010

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AREA GUIDES TENNESSEE MEET SURROUNDED BY SOUTHERN CHARM AND HOSPITALITY BY RUFUS MCKINNEY Meeting in Tennessee makes sense. The state has natural beauty, southern hospitality, serene weather, and great convention facilities.They’re also with- in a day’s drive of 65 percent of the United States population. What’s more, Tennessee has many new and exciting venues to offer today’s meet- ing planner.With three distinct regions across the state, and so much diversity in each of them,Tennessee sets the per- fect stage for all of your meeting plan- ning needs. You can choose a destina- tion or venue that will give your con- ference or meeting just the perfect set- ting. Here we’ll profile two of the top options. CHATTANOOGA Centrally located in the Southeast, bordering Georgia and Alabama, Chattanooga is within two hours of Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham. Chattanooga boasts one of the nation’s top 10 green convention centers, 9,000 guest rooms in the metro area, an airport that offers non-stop and Chattanooga Convention Center Photo Credit: Chattanooga Area CVB Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2010: 71

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