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Chattanooga, TN Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 77
Total Sleeping Rooms 7,218
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 363
Committable Meeting Rooms* 31
Convention Center Space 185,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 19,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $100
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $147
*Maximum for a single hotel

Chattanooga, TN Meeting Planning Overview

Scenic Chattanooga offers a rugged natural beauty, modern amenities and Southern charm, all from a convenient central location in the Southeast. Located at the crossroads of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, Chattanooga is just two hours away from major metropolitans such as Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Birmingham. Situated where three major interstate highways (I-24, I-75, and I-59) meet, the city is an easy destination for guests traveling by car. At the same time, the first-class Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport offers direct or one stop service to most destinations.

Throughout its revitalized downtown and waterfront district, Chattanooga offers a wealth of first-class attractions that can easily serve as the backdrop to a memorable event. Make a splash by renting out private space at the renowned Tennessee Aquarium, which offers facilities for groups as large as 700 people. Sip cocktails among the works of American artists such as Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol at the Hunter Museum of American Art, which offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. Or, invite guests to experience a piece of Southern history at the Gordon-Lee Mansion, the only building that was used during and survived the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863.

Certainly the headliner for meetings and conventions in the city is the modern Chattanooga Convention Center, which offers over 100,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space, 21 meeting rooms and a 19,000-square-foot ballroom. Best of all, planners can take advantage of this versatile facility with a clear conscience, as the center is involved in an ever-growing process of being green. In addition to a comprehensive recycling program, the Chattanooga Convention Center's day lighting efforts allow natural light to fill its spaces. This both creates a more productive atmosphere and reduces the need for artificial lighting.

The convention center's green initiatives are just a few of the many ways Chattanooga has made environmental sustainability a priority. The city has established 25 miles of walking paths that preserve the area's natural beauty and allow for alternative transportation routes. Chattanooga also offers a free electric shuttle service to provide eco-friendly transportation to major downtown attractions.

Chattanooga's economy is built upon manufacturing and service industries. The city is home to the headquarters of such companies as BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Amazon, Volkswagen, Access America Transport, and The Chattanooga Bakery – the one and only manufacturer of the iconic MoonPie. Chattanooga is also home to a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Tennessee Temple University and the University of Tennessee's College of Medicine. Also there are notable well-renowned private schools including Baylor, GPS and McCallie.

Chattanooga is the first city in the Western Hemisphere to offer 10-gigabit-per-second fiber internet service to all residents and businesses. At hundreds of times the speed of the national average, the Gig opens the door to unimagined ways of learning, playing and conducting business. A prime example of this technology is now being utilized at the Chattanooga Airport. Live footage is streaming from cameras inside the Tennessee Aquarium's alligator habitat using EPB Fiber Optics' Internet connectivity powered by Nokia technology. This is the first municipal demonstration of ultra-high definition live video in the country. This is one more example of how Chattanooga continues to lead, be innovative, look forward, and stay ahead.

Chattanooga's downtown assets have assisted the expansion of the city into a formidable city centered technology hub. Harnessing the Gig's potential to draw innovative high-technology companies, the Innovation District was born and continues to attract and retain an assortment of startup businesses, 21st-century firms and technology oriented entrepreneurs such as Coyote Logistics and the Lamp Post Group.

About Chattanooga, TN / Additional Info

Rugged natural beauty, family-friendly attractions and a captivating heritage make Chattanooga an ideal destination for a scenic vacation retreat. The 4th largest city in Tennessee, Chattanooga is situated on the banks of the Tennessee River and at the transition between the southwestern Valley and Ridge Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau. This glorious natural landscape is complemented by a vibrant downtown district, full of fun attractions, world-class restaurants and a thriving arts scene.

Chattanooga offers an incredible combination of breathtaking scenic beauty, revitalized riverfront; 13-mile paved Riverwalk scattered with attractions, parks, restaurants and riverboats; and a thriving arts scene, shopping and many annual events that provide plenty of year-round fun. Downtown is just the springboard for things to do in Chattanooga. The Chattanooga downtown attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping venues and convention center are conveniently connected by a FREE, electric shuttle.

For an outdoor adventure further outside the city, visitors can indulge in a number of recreational activities around Chattanooga. Plan a kayaking expedition or mountain biking trip. Visitors can also challenge themselves on a white water rafting trip. For a more leisurely experience outside, Chattanooga, which was named "One of the world's coolest places to run and walk" by Runner's World magazine, boasts a number of scenic trails. Chattanooga proudly claims Outside magazine’s prestigious 2015 Best Town Ever award. With more than 50 trailheads within 30 minutes of downtown, the hiking scene in Chattanooga is easily among the best in the Southeast, if not the entire country. From the slopes of Lookout Mountain to the steep crests of Signal Mountain and the Tennessee River Gorge, the Scenic City is blessed with a diverse and notable network of hiking trails.

Once the sun sets below the mountains, Chattanooga continues to shine with its thrilling dining and entertainment scene. Chattanooga has diverse restaurants and local watering holes that will tempt you with delectable delights of every food origin - from BBQ to Mexican street food to an old-fashioned hamburger to fried chicken to many more. Over the past couple of years, the number of Chattanooga restaurants have grown tremendously. There are a variety of fine-dining establishments including Alleia, St. John’s, and TerraMae and many more. But don’t forget the tried-and-true favorites like Big River Grille, Easy Bistro, Root Kitchen and Wine Bar, Boathouse, Taco Mamacita, 212 Market and Public House.

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