Meeting Planner Testimonials
“I have been in the meeting planning business since 1980, producing meetings that range in size from 10 to 2,000 attendees, in five-star resorts, airport hotels and everything in between. Working with the local CVB has always made my job a great deal easier, and this has been exceptionally true with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. In fact, the Nashville CVB was largely responsible for us deciding to stage our 2011 and 2012 conferences in Nashville. I particularly like how the CVB staff are so effective in delivering a team approach for us – the city, the hotel, the off-site venue – all working together to help make our event planning and execution flawless. The professionalism of both the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Nashville Renaissance made me look great and certainly made my job much easier. Their attention to detail is fantastic, and their professional and warm attitudes and genuine concern is most refreshing.”
Bob Whittemore, Manager, Marketing Communications
April 2012, Nashville Convention Center/Renaissance Hotel
“We just completed our 2012 Annual Convention & Trade Show and broke all attendance records with more than 8,200 attendees in Nashville! The Convention & Visitors Bureau was awesome to work with and was always very responsive to our every need. Being in Music City gives the CVB the unique opportunity to plug in to the local country music talent, and they were able to provide us with great promotional materials, both print and voice, helping to create the excitement and build our attendance for this convention. Nashville is a great convention city and one that will remain in our rotation of cities for many years to come!”
Debbie Kaylor, Executive Director, Convention & Meetings
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
January 2012, Gaylord Opryland® Resort & Convention Center
“Nashville has been a great destination for the HOSA National Leadership Conference. Our attendance records are broken every time we return to Nashville, which speaks to how our group feels about Nashville as a destination. We will be returning there in 2013 and 2016, and look forward to successful events with the help of the Nashville CVB and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.”
Jeff Koeninger, Director of Membership Services
HOSA-Future Health Professionals
June 1999, 2005, 2009
Future Bookings: June 2013 and June 2016
Gaylord Opryland® Resort & Convention Center
“The Nashville CVB provided resources that assisted in the preplanning of our national meeting. The CVB informed the local businesses about our event, which provided our attendees with a welcome feeling.”
Dawn Amaskane, Senior Manager, Meetings & Conventions
American Dental Hygienists’ Association
June 2011, Nashville Convention Center/Renaissance Hotel
“We want to thank the entire Nashville CVB team for your help in making the 2011 Women’s Half Marathon Nashville event a huge success! It has been such a pleasure working with you, and we look forward to continuing the relationship for many years to come. Thank you again for everything! The CVB’s support is key in the growth of the event!”
Dawna Stone, President
Women’s Running Magazine
Women’s Half Marathon
September 2011, Renaissance Hotel
“I had to write to let you know of the great job your staff did for the USEA. The material to go into our members’ packets along with the wonderful service that you provide was above and beyond – it was like talking with a good friend. However, what really made our convention different from past years was arriving at the airport and seeing the convention sign that read: Nashville Welcomes the USEA with our logo. That was SPECIAL. I was tickled pink.
Thank you all for a wonderful job. My group had an amazing time in Music City, and Nashville made us feel very welcome. Thanks again for all you do.”
Jennifer Hardwick, Director of Member Services
& Meeting/Event Planner
United States Eventing Association
December 2011, Sheraton Music City Hotel
“We were looking for a destination to host 2,000-plus of our group leaders, and it was really important that we find a place that our ladies would be able to enjoy during their downtime. The Nashville CVB did all the legwork and gave us two great, affordable options. They walked through the whole process with us and, in the end, the event was a huge success. Gaylord Opryland was the perfect place for our group, and we would love to return to Nashville again in the future!”
Amanda Garcia, Partnership Manager
Thomas Nelson Live Events
Women of Faith
February 2011, Gaylord Opryland® Resort & Convention Center
“The National Black Child Development Institute hosted our 41st Annual Conference in Nashville. With more than 1,200 attendees, it was truly a priceless event! The success of the program was largely a result of the wonderful partnership with the Renaissance Hotel and Nashville Convention Center and the entire Nashville CVB team! We thank the CVB for your attention to detail and untiring focus … resulting in a flawless event for our attendees. We appreciate your commitment and support and for going above and beyond by attending a conference session. Thank you for letting us take full advantage of your wonderful city.”
Dr. Felicia DeHaney, President and CEO
National Black Child Development Institute – NBCDI
October 2011, Nashville Convention Center/Renaissance Hotel
“To sum it up, we picked Nashville because:
Past experience (2007) had excellent results in corporate and engineering attendance, and our evaluations of this conference were excellent.
Amount of hotel inventory is now perfect for our group, adequate and abundant for growth, but contained enough to keep our constituents in block.
The new convention center expansion timing was perfect for us. We could not have come back without extra space and more hotels.
Service from convention center was outstanding in 2007, and we expect the same in 2015.
Past service from all hotels was excellent. The addition of Omni as a new host hotel will provide a new and modern twist to our team of friendly partners.
Surrounding areas are fun and safe, with many things to do. This will only get better as downtown Nashville grows.”
Jeanne Elipani, CMP, Manager of Meeting Services
Society of Women Engineers
Music City Center, Omni Nashville Hotel