Hospitality Industry to Present Inaugural E.W. “Bud” Wendell Award During Annual Celebration
The hospitality industry will honor the work of former president and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment E.W. “Bud” Wendell by presenting the first-ever major hospitality industry award which will be named in his honor. The award, to be given at the industry’s annual celebration on May 7, will recognize an individual outside of the hospitality industry who has contributed above and beyond to the overall success of tourism and convention business in Nashville. As manager of the Grand Ole Opry and later CEO of Gaylord Entertainment, Wendell is credited with brand evolution of the Ryman and the Opry, the broad reach of Nashville’s music community, the revitalization of downtown, and the growth of the tourism and meeting industry. The NCVC will present the first recipient at the third annual National Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Celebration on May 7 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. The event will also include a special address from guest speaker Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA, live music from singer/songwriter Holly Williams, and special recognition of this year’s Music City Hitmakers. For more information or to register to attend, visit

Music City Center Announces LEED® Green Building Certification
The Music City Center has been awarded LEED® Gold certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green buildings. LEED certification identifies Music City Center as a showcase example of sustainable design and demonstrates leadership in transforming the building industry. Features key to the Music City Center’s LEED Gold certification include a green roof, a rainwater harvest system, and extensive LED lighting with specialized controls. The Music City Center has hosted 250+ events with over 300,000 attendees since opening in May 2013.

Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers Join Star-Studded Lineup at Nashville’s Wild West Comedy Festival
Chelsea Handler and Seth Meyers have been added to the lineup for the Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville. The two comics join the likes of Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Demetri Martin, Ralphie May, Dennis Miller, Aisha Tyler, Vince Vaughn, and others as they perform at various venues in Nashville May 15-18. More information and tickets are available at and

Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum Expansion Complete
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated a major milestone as it unveiled its 210,000-square-foot expansion, more than doubling the size of its iconic home in downtown Nashville. The final phase of the museum’s expansion—10,000 square feet of new gallery space—joined recently opened additions including the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, a new home for the legendary and thriving letterpress operation Hatch Show Print, and the Event Hall.

Strike Out Cancer with City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game
Each year, during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, City of Hope puts on a softball game with your favorite stars to help strike out cancer! This year's celebrity lineup includes Tyler Hubbard from Florida Georgia Line, Alison Sweeney, Lauren Alaina, and more. 100% of event profits benefit City of Hope's cancer research and treatment programs. The City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. So June 7, take a swing at cancer and join them in some great fun at the Celebrity Softball Game!

Spring Break Playlist
Here in Music City we like to play, whether it's playing music or just getting out and playing around town. So, we've merged the two into a brand new Spring Break Playlist of Nashville artists to listen to while putting together a play list of what to do on a visit to Music City. Please share with guests, co-workers, friends, and family.

Meetings Mean Business Launches Mobile App for Industry
The Meetings Mean Business campaign, a national communications and advocacy platform that showcases the substantial value of meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows, and exhibitions, officially launched an industry-wide mobile app. The app, available in both the Apples iTunes Store and the Android Google Play Store, serve as the on-the-go resource for industry leaders along with meetings and travel professionals. Features include quick access to collateral materials, data points, editorial content, the latest industry new,s and other important information. The app will also serve an additional entry point and engagement tool for industry professionals looking to get involved with the campaign.

Music City Hitmakers
Music City Hitmakers
The Music City Hitmakers program recognizes the extraordinary customer service of Nashville's front-line hospitality employees. Visitors are encouraged to nominate the individual that made their stay unforgettable. Think a member of your staff deserves recognition? Make sure you've got Music City Hitmakers materials so they can be nominated.

Brand Champion
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Located on the first floor of the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum pays homage to the musicians and session players across all genres who played with some of history’s most notable artists. These musicians had nicknames like The A-Team, The Memphis Boys, The Swampers, The Funk Brothers, and The Wrecking Crew and some actually became hit bands themselves, such as Toto and The M.G’s. Their famous recordings come to life at the museum where guests can see instruments on display, such as Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, Hal Blaine’s drum set, the bass guitar used to record “Born To Run” by Bruce Springsteen, or the studio drum set played on all of the STAX hits. For furthering the Music City brand, we name the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum as this month’s brand champion!

Industry Indicators
Tax Collections
February tax collections were $3,240,053, an increase of 20.81% over February 2013. Tax collections fiscal-year-to-date are $26,568,190, an increase of 18.01% over year-to-date in 2013.

March 2014 hotel data for Davidson County

  • Demand (rooms sold) increased 13.0% over March 2013
  • Occupancy increased 7.1% over the previous year
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR) increased 16.7% over the previous year
  • Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) increased 25.1% over the previous year
  • Hotel Revenue increased 31.9% over the previous year
  • Supply increased 5.4% over the previous year

Among the Top 25 Markets, Nashville had the second largest increases in rooms sold, ADR, revPAR, and hotel revenue. Nashville was in the top 5 for occupancy growth.

Anderson Benson Insurance & Risk Management
Anderson Benson Insurance & Risk Management is an independent insurance agency and each of the agency’s principals have over 20 years of in-depth insurance industry experience. Anderson Benson brings together a group of professionals whose experience, knowledge, and skill sets are complimentary to the direct benefit of its clients, insurance carriers, and employees. The principals have strong connections to the Nashville business community and deep roots in the Middle Tennessee area. However, their business relationships and insurance industry ties reach well beyond the borders of Tennessee. The agency’s founding premise is to provide exceptional levels of service to highly targeted business and personal lines clients in contrast to the commodity transaction model that some agencies and brokers subscribe to today. Anderson Benson intends to meet the needs of those business and personal lines clients by understanding the exposure to risk clients face, providing expert consultation, and consistently delivering a high level of personal service.

Start DateEnd DateOrganizationAttendanceLocation
04/26/201405/02/2014AstraZeneca525Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
04/26/201404/29/2014Technology Assurance Group250Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
04/27/201404/30/2014Biscuit & Cracker Mfrs Assn300Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
04/27/201404/30/2014QCS Purchasing350Omni Nashville Hotel
04/27/201404/30/2014Soc for Human Resource Management1000Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

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Nashville's National Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Celebration Lunch
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May 7
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Tourism Connection
May 8
NCVC Office

Nashville Backstage:
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May 20
NCVC Office

All Access Training
May 29
NCVC Office

Nashville Backstage
June 24
NCVC Office

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And the Bead Goes On...
Bon Appetit (Z-Media)
Broadway Limousine
Chelsea Bistro
Community Hospitality
Destination Analysts
Elite Multimedia
Fairfield Inn & Suites The Gulch
H. Audrey
Hampton Inn & Suites Franklin
Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Horton Group
Hyatt Place Franklin
Ilex...for Flowers
Lightning 100 / Live on the Green
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Lynchburg Cake and Candy Co
Music City Concierge Association
Olive & Sinclair
Project 615
Sprocket Rocket Party Bike
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