Music City Center Bookings Exceed 800,000 Room Nights
As of Dec. 31, 2012, the pre-opening sales effort for the Music City Center now has the total room nights booked for the facility at 829,574, representing 101 individual meetings. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation (NCVC) set an internal goal of booking one million room nights for the center prior to the building opening in 2013. The meetings booked for the center range from its opening year of 2013 to 2026 and include multi-year agreements for many groups. The most recent groups to commit include the National Emergency Number Association for 2014 and the International Reading Association, booked 2015. The business booked for the Music City Center represents new business to Nashville, or existing business that could only meet here again if a larger facility were available.

Fisk Jubilee Singers Honored In Music City Soul Series Concert Featuring Keb' Mo' and Friends
Nashville's famed Fisk Jubilee Singers will be honored as part of the Music City Soul Series event featuring a concert by Grammy® Award-winning blues musician Keb' Mo' on Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m. at the Studio Gallery at Fontanel. The concert will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who will perform along with Wynonna, Michael McDonald, THE FARM, and additional musical artists. A program of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation (NCVC), the Music City Soul Series is produced during Black History Month and honors the contributions of African American musicians to Music City. Tickets for the event are $60 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Fontanel Box Office in person 9am-5pm daily, by calling 615-724-1600, or online at www.fontanelmansion.com. The event is sponsored by the NCVC, AT&T, and Fontanel and proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Nashville Tops the Best Places to Visit in 2013
Nashville recently has been ranked in numerous publications as a top destination for 2013. As featured on the "Today" show, Condé Nast Traveler listed Nashville as one of the Best Places to Visit in 2013. Music City is mentioned as offering a "hot, trendy new food scene and its famous, funky music scene." Other cities listed in the article were Seoul, Amsterdam, New Orleans, and Toronto. In addition, The New York Times prominently featured Music City in an article on January 8. Yahoo! Travel named Music City as a Destination to Watch in 2013, Budget Travel ranked the city in its 10 Best Budget Destinations for 2013, and Business Insider named Nashville one of its 13 Places You Need to Visit in 2013. Nashville is being recognized. See more of those articles here.

Music City Showcases Articles and Accolades in Short Video
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation (NCVC) has created a new video, highlighting Nashville's recent media coverage and rankings. The video is now available to view and download from our online Video Library at www.visitmusiccity.com/media/marketingmaterials/Videolibrary.

An Invitation to the James Beard House: Loveless Chefs Bring the South to New York City
This Valentine's Day, the Loveless Cafe will bring its favorite dishes and signature classics to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Loveless' rockstar team of chefs will prepare an incredible five-course meal that will be undeniably Southern, but with just enough big-city flare. While only 80 tickets are available for the event, there may be room for you and a guest! Enter The Loveless Cafe's NYC Valentine's Day Gourmet Getaway for a chance to win a three-day/two-night trip for two people to attend the Loveless Cafe James Beard House dinner on February 14. Learn more about the dinner at lovelesscafe.com.

Upcoming Sales for Nashville Meeting Planning Guide and Visitors Guide, Volume 2
More than 2,500 Meeting Planning Guides are distributed to meeting planners across the country and 500,000 Visitors Guides are in circulation each year, making both publications great tools through which to introduce your organization to our visitors. Be on the lookout for upcoming advertising sales information for the 2013 Meeting Planning Guide and 2013 Visitors Guide, Volume 2 (July-December). For further information, please contact Jordan Moore with Journal Communications at jmoore@jnlcom.com.

Music City Radio
Did you know Nashville is the only city with an online radio station? We're proud to play music that has a unique tie to our great city! Music City Radio features up-to-the-minute Nashville news, an enhanced image gallery, fabulous music, and more. The station is promoted heavily on www.visitmusiccity.com in several prime locations. Music City Radio is the ONLY place to purchase advertising on our website. Take advantage of our first quarter specially-priced packages! For more information, please contact paulam@visitmusiccity.com.

Music City Hitmakers
Music City Hitmakers
Music City Hitmakers Rhonda Christiani and Marina Melika Congratulations to Rhonda Christiani of Homewood Suites Nashville Downtown and Marina Melika of Renaissance Nashville Hotel for being named Music City Hitmakers for the months of October and November! Nominated for excellent customer service to Nashville visitors, the winners will receive a $100 gift card to an area restaurant as well as a certificate, lapel pin, and personal letter of appreciation from Mayor Karl Dean. Read their stories. Think a member of your staff deserves recognition? Make sure you've got Music City Hitmakers materials so they can be nominated.

Brand Champion
Nashville Predators
Music City's professional ice hockey team, the Nashville Predators, has been entertaining families, visitors, and hockey fans for nearly 15 years. While in "Smashville," visitors can experience the raw, gut-wrenching excitement, and yes, even a little live music. The Preds offer in-game music to help the fans get pumped up between periods (and it's Nashville, so you never know who might show up). In addition, the organization has incorporated Nashville's musical heritage into its logos and uniforms. The team's newest logo was designed to represent the state flag of Tennessee and Nashville simultaneously, with a guitar pick shape incorporating the three stars of the state's three grand divisions. In addition, The "Predators Gold" sweaters include elements unique to Nashville – guitar strings in the numbering and lettering and piano keys on the inside of the collars. For embracing the Music City brand, we name the Nashville Predators as this month's Brand Champion.

Industry Indicators
October tax collections were the highest for that month and the second highest monthly collection in the history of tax collections. The 2012 collections were $2,841,776, an increase of 7.1%. Calendar year-to-date collections were $24,745,593, an increase of 11.4%. Fiscal year-to-date collections were $10,016,102, an increase of 5.1%.*

November 2012 data for Davidson County:

  • Demand increased 3.2% over the previous year (above average growth among the Top 25 Markets)
  • Hotel occupancy rate increased 1.4% over the previous year
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR) increased 2.5% over the previous year
  • Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) increased 3.9% over the previous year
  • Hotel Revenue increased 5.7% over the previous year
  • Supply increased 1.7% over the previous year
Through November 2012, Nashville is ranked 3rd in the U.S. in percent increase in room nights sold.**

*Source: Davidson County Clerk's Office
** Source: Smith Travel Research


Advance Financial
Family-owned and -operated, Advance Financial was founded in 1996 in Franklin, Tennessee. It has grown to include locations throughout Middle Tennessee and employs more than 250 local employees. Advance Financial is the premier alternative financial services provider in Middle Tennessee, serving its customers 24/7 with 26 convenient locations by offering short-term loans, check cashing, bill payment, wire transfer, and free money orders. Advance Financial is proud to support issues and causes that are important to its customers, associates, and the neighborhoods in which it does business. Over the last few years, Advance Financial has supported the Bootstraps Foundation, Not Alone, and The 18th Avenue Family Enrichment Center and was a sponsor of the 2012 Music City Bash on Broadway. For more information, please visit www.af247.com.

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Tourism Connection
February 13, 2pm
NCVB Office
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Nashville Backstage:
Side 2 Training

February 20, 10am-12pm
NCVB Office
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New Member Orientation
February 27, 11:30am
NCVB Office
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Sell Nashville
February 28, 7:45am
NCVB Office

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Corsair Distillery
iDesign, Inc.
Northstar Studios
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Wolf Hoffmann Photography

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