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For the meeting planner seeking a destination that will deliver "Wow, I had no idea" experiences, Knoxville offers a surprisingly real, truly accessible, and unexpectedly sophisticated mix of culture, adventure, and cuisine rooted in history and genuine Southern hospitality. First time visitors are amazed by all Knoxville has to offer, and meeting planners are consistently impressed with the city’s ability to host conventions and events.
Often described as a hidden gem, Knoxville is a secret you can't wait to share. A place where everything comes together. It's America, concentrated in one breathtakingly beautiful spot.
Getting here is easy. Knoxville is located at the intersection of I-75, I-40, and I-81 – within a day's drive of nearly half the US population. Staying here is tempting. Knoxville boasts a vibrant downtown with a variety of unique shopping, dining options, attractions, and museums in and around downtown’s Historic Market Square.
Whatever type of conference or convention you're planning, Knoxville is the city for you. The city provides the accessibility you need, the venues you want, and the overall package you've been hoping to find. Many of the finest meeting facilities are located within the city's vibrant downtown.
See for yourself. Come for a visit. We look forward to helping you plan your next conference or meeting in Knoxville.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Located in a humid subtropical climate zone, Knoxville is shielded from extreme cold in the winter and the stifling heat in the summer by the Great Smokies to the southeast and the Cumberland Mountains to the northwest. A slightly higher elevation than areas to the west and south also tempers summer highs. Average temperatures remain in the upper 80s during the summer and drop as low as the mid-20s in the winter. Most of the 50 annual inches of precipitation falls during the spring and fall months, with March averaging as the wettest month. Mild winters result in approximately less than 10 inches of snowfall.
The best time to visit Knoxville is in the spring or autumn, with autumn carrying the additional benefit of fall foliage. Temperatures remain in the 60s and 70s in the months of April, May, October and the beginning of November, providing pleasant walking weather for sightseeing.
Knoxville Convention Center an SMG Managed Facility
The 500,000 square foot Knoxville Convention Center is located in the newly renovated World's Fair Park, offering beautiful views of downtown Knoxville. Opened in July 2002, it houses the largest ballroom in East Tennessee at 27,000 square feet. A 461-seat Lecture Hall, 3 boardrooms and state-of-the-art catering facilities are available to accommodate a wide range of meetings. An underground truck drive with 9 bays facilitates painless exhibit set-up and break-down. Plasma monitors are placed in key locations throughout the building and can be used to direct attendees to various event spaces. The Convention Center also provides 250,000 square feet of flexible space and 120,000 square feet of exhibit space. Downtown is easily accessible by a short trolley ride. Driving is also convenient as parking is free in all city-owned garages (including Locust Street Garage) every day after 6:00 pm and on the weekends.
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
Approximate taxi fare: $33 USD
Located 12 miles South of Knoxville in Alcoa, Tennessee, McGhee Tyson Airport is the primary airport serving the Knoxville metro area. With 4,000-plus seats available, Tysons has 120 departures and arrivals each day. Eight airlines fly through McGhee Tyson Airport, providing service to 18 non-stop destinations in the eastern United States. A $70-million renovation was completed in the fall of 2000, incorporating two new concourses and a 115-foot indoor mountain stream.
Airline carriers serving the McGhee Tyson Airport
A taxi costs roughly $33 from McGhee Tyson's airport to downtown Tennessee. There are a number of taxi services that operate within the city which can be booked by phone. Once in town, the free trolley service described below is the best way to navigate the city.
Knoxville is reachable by car, Greyhound bus and boat via the Tennessee River. There is no Amtrak train service in Northeast Tennessee. The Knoxville Area Transit, or KAT, provides bus service in Knox County and the city of Knoxville with stops on hourly intervals.
For downtown transportation, try the Knoxville Trolley Lines which runs several free lines to area destinations like the University of Tennessee, McClung Museum, James White's Fort, Blount Mansion, Volunteer Landing on the Tennessee River waterfront, Historic Old City, the Knoxville Convention Center and World's Fair Park. On Friday and Saturday nights during the University of Tennessee spring and fall terms a "Late Line" route is in operation. A number of greenways throughout the city also provide walker and biker-friendly transportation pathways.
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