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Nashville, TN Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 169
Total Sleeping Rooms 26,694
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 2,888
Committable Meeting Rooms* 123
Convention Center Space 2,162,386 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 353,143 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 353,143 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $170
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $295
*Maximum for a single hotel

Nashville, TN Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Nashville meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planning in Nashville. Visitors flock to Nashville to experience its laid-back atmosphere, celebrate its deep musical roots and simply enjoy the city's graceful setting comprised of Southern mansions, stately gardens and historic music and performance locations scattered amongst gleaming skyscrapers. Situated within 600 miles of 50 percent of the U.S. population, visitors will find traveling to this Southern City convenient and painless. Nashville's glowing reputation as an entertainment and business destination attracts more than 14 million visitors each year to a number of Nashville event venues.

Nashville is home to two award-winning convention centers, including The Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, the largest non-gaming convention center in the United States, and the Nashville Convention Center, which is located in the heart of Music City's downtown. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center offers more than 600,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space, as well as nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls, an impressive spa, pools and on-site shopping and dining. The Nashville Convention Center, a modern, gleaming facility, offers 180,000 square feet of exhibit space and countless amenities, including an in-house catering service that creates themed carts and cafes tailored to event needs.

Nashville is home to several prominent facilities that have become city landmarks and icons, which lend an authentic and one-of-a-kind air to any meeting or event. Attendees are sure to enjoy a meeting at the historic Grand Ole Opry House, capable of seating over 4,000 guests. The 300-foot-long, four-deck General Jackson Showboat offers private dining and entertainment along with unbeatable views of downtown Nashville and the Cumberland River. For authentic Southern cuisine, B.B. King's Blues Club and Restaurant is ready to serve up comfort food and live music for 30 to 800 guests in its two-level, 25,000-square-foot location.

Nashville is often regarded as the Athens of the South, thanks to its 22 four-year undergraduate and post-graduate schools, four community colleges and 11 vocational-technical schools, including Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, Belmont University and Tennessee State University. Notable businesses headquartered in Nashville include Gibson Guitar Corporation/Baldwin Pianos, Bridgestone/Firestone Americas, Caterpillar Financial and CAN Insurance.

About Nashville, TN / Additional Info

As the capital city of Tennessee, Nashville enjoys a reputation as both an entertainment mecca and a center of economic and industrial growth. First settled on December 25, 1779, Nashville was originally known as Nashborough, named after Revolutionary War hero General Francis Nash, and later became Nashville in 1789. During the Civil War, Nashville was the first city to succumb to the Union troops. Late 19th century Nashville was a prosperous city, firmly establishing itself as shipping and trading port on the Cumberland River. Many of the opulent, classical-style buildings that line the city streets today were built during this time of elegance.

Today, Nashville's economy continues to thrive, with a population reaching about 1.5 million people in 2006. The majority of Nashville residents are white, African American and Latino, with a smaller percentage of American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander residents. Located on the Cumberland River in the north-central region of Tennessee, Nashville encompasses 526 square miles.

Known as Music City, Nashville is home to the legendary Grand Ole Opry broadcast. Still staged live every week, the Opry is America's longest-running radio show, having been on the air for more than 80 years. Though it's often noted for its role in the development of country and bluegrass, Nashville has become a hub for all musical genres. Notable artists such as Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Jimmy Buffett have all written, recorded and produced music in this illustrious city.

Music makes up an integral part of the city's culture and attractions. Nearly 80 record labels, 130 music publishers and 180 recording studios have made Nashville home. Explore artifacts, photographs and original recordings from country music's past at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. See the outfits and instruments of country greats such as Roy Acuff and Patsy Cline, along with Marty Robbins' restored office, at the Grand Ole Opry Museum. Stroll star-studded Music City Walk of Fame, recognizing big name inductees such as Reba McEntire, Wynonna Judd and Hank Williams, on your way to one of the cities many "honky tonk" bars and nightspots, each marked by a Nashville Live Music Venue sign. Or, grab a bite to eat at any of Nashville's authentic barbecue spots.

Despite being known as the city that "music calls home," the sounds of country and bluegrass have not drowned out Nashville's rich and colorful past. Many other key fixtures in Nashville are closely knit together by history. Visit the Hermitage, once home to former President Andrew Jackson and the most authentic presidential home in the United States, or tour the region's history from prehistoric Indian cultures to the early 1900s at the Tennessee State Museum. Ascend the grand staircase of the Belmont Mansion, regarded as one of the most elaborate homes of antebellum Tennessee. Or, experience a civilization from across the seas at the Parthenon, located in Nashville's Centennial Park and the world's only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon.

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