Nashville floods may lead to Knoxville tourism growth

9:56 PM, May 7, 2010   |    comments
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Knoxville sees possible tourism growth with Nashville not able to host several conventions and events.

The cleanup in Nashville may bring a shift of tourism and conventions to other parts of Tennessee, including Knoxville.

The more than $14-billion Tennessee tourism industry was hit hard with the numerous businesses temporarily closing in Middle Tennessee.  Nashville's Opryland Hotel is reportedly closing for several months as a result of the floods.

Now, the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation says the overall focus is to keep visitors in the area.

"Our goal is to keep these events in the state of Tennessee," said Kim Paul-Bumpas from the corporation. "Obviously our goal as the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation has been to pick Knoxville versus Chattanooga or Memphis."

Meanwhile, the hotels locally are doing their part to get people coming to East Tennessee if they can't go to Nashville.

Holly Knowling from the Downtown Knoxville Holiday Inn said they've "been working with, I believe, the Nashville CVB." 

"(The CVB) has sent several leads, several groups that are trying to move right now." 

The Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation is working on some of the conventions coming to Knoxville in place of Nashville.  Paul-Bumpas will be announcing who will be coming next week.

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