NCVC Forms Music City Corporate Convention Council
Business Partners Tapped to Promote Tourism and Convention Business
Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) today announced the formation of the Music City Corporate Convention Council, an eight-member group made up of community and business leaders working to engage the local community to bring convention business to Nashville. Marty Dickens, chair of the Convention Center Authority, and Bob Patterson, NCVC board member and partner at Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, will co-chair the council.
“Hospitality is a critical economic driver for our city, with $38 million in visitor taxes bringing in much needed revenue, jobs and development for Nashville,” said Bob Patterson, co-chair of the council. “Investing in the hospitality industry is a payoff for everyone. Our mission is to recruit local leaders to be part of that success.”
The corporate initiative is part of the NCVC’s long-term strategic plan, which serves as a roadmap to elevate Nashville to a top-tier destination. Key elements of the plan include engaging members of the business community to be advocates and sales ambassadors for the city and increasing understanding of the value of tourism dollars to the local economy.
“When it comes to the music industry, hospitality or the business community, we’re all part of the same fabric – working to make Nashville the best city in the country with a high quality of life. It’s only natural that we would come together to do business locally on a more strategic level,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC. “Locals have many professional connections to national and regional organizations. If they open the door, we can do the heavy lifting.”
Music City Corporate Convention Council Steering Committee:
Marty Dickens, chair of Convention Center Authority, Co-Chair
Bob Patterson, Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, Co-Chair
David Anderson, HCA
George Anderson, Anderson Benson Insurance
Margaret Dolan, Ingram Industries
Bert Mathews, The Mathews Company
Ron Samuels, Avenue Bank
Mike Shmerling, XMi Holdings Inc.
Each year Nashville welcomes over 11.5 million visitors who spend more than $4.25 billion, making the hospitality industry the city’s second largest behind healthcare. Taxes on visitors have one of the quickest returns on investment, collected monthly and going directly into Metro’s overall budget to provide critical city services. Visitor taxes save each Davidson County household $1,076 in taxes each year.
The council will meet quarterly and will seek non-tax support through membership and sponsorship dollars. For more information about participating in the council’s efforts, contact Caroline Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org@visitmusiccity.com.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.