Awesome April Is Here
Music City celebrates the month of April with Awesome April, a musical tribute to the city that promises a major event each weekend. Attend the fashion show of an internationally-recognized designer, take in a potential Oscar-nominated documentary, and celebrate your victory lap around Music City. The month of April offers something for every taste with amazing art exhibits, live music, special events, great family entertainment, exciting sports, and more! Events include Nashville Fashion Week (April 1-5), Women's Final Four (April 6-8), and Country Music Marathon (April 26). See more Awesome April events.

USA TODAY Poll Shows Nashville One of Nation's Top Convention Cities
A recent USA TODAY Readers' Choice digital poll placed Nashville as the No. 3 Best Convention City in the country, behind only Indianapolis and Boston. The poll highlighted the downtown convention campus and its close proximity to attractions and entertainment: "Nashville's brand-spanking-new Music City Center, in the heart of downtown, is loaded for bear when it comes to amenities and extras. It's also connected to the new Omni hotel and the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame. A short stroll away are the honky-tonks of Broadway and unlimited free entertainment. Exciting city development plans have the convention center front and center, so amazingly, it only gets better. Nashville hosted more than 12.2 million visitors in 2013, resulting in more than $4.6 billion for the local economy."

"Nashville: On the Record" to Air April 23 on ABC
Cast members of ABC's "Nashville" will take the stage to perform show favorites then sit down in the Bluebird Cafe for acoustic performances and an intimate look at the songwriting process with the songwriters themselves, talking candidly about how this music found its way to the show and what it means to the actors and songwriters. "NASHVILLE: On the Record" airs Wednesday, April 23 (10:00 p.m. ET) on ABC. Among the songwriters appearing on the special are Trent Dabbs, Caitlyn Smith, Striking Matches (duo Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis), and Ashley Monroe. "On the Record" is a documentary web series that follows the life of original songs performed on "Nashville." The series offers an intimate look into the songwriting process, from guitar demo to music video and all the steps in between.

Southwest Airlines Adds Nonstop Flights from Nashville to D.C.
Beginning Aug. 10, 2014, Southwest Airlines will add daily, nonstop flights between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Music City, with three roundtrips at introductory fares as low as $129 one-way. Get the full details.

Bridgestone Arena Named Large Capacity Venue of the Year by Academy of Country Music
The Academy of Country Music has recognized Bridgestone Arena as Large Capacity Venue of the Year, another highlight on a very successful year for the Arena. This marks the third time that Bridgestone Arena has taken home these honors, winning previously in 2009 and 2011. In addition to being honored by the Academy of Country Music, Bridgestone Arena was also nominated for Pollstar's 2013 Arena of the Year Award and ranked sixth in U.S. Ticket Sales for the year 2013. The arena sold 448,148 tickets during 2013, a year that was highlighted by top performers such as Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, and The Black Keys. View the press release.

Register Today: Hospitality Industry Annual Luncheon May 7
The NCVC invites you to Nashville's National Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Celebration Lunch on Wednesday, May 7 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel Ballroom. The event will include remarks from special guest Chris Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA, entertainment by Holly Williams, as well as special recognition of the Music City Hitmakers. Register Here.

In case you missed it…
Nashville has been the subject of a handful of recent articles published by TIME magazine. Click the links below to read the full articles.
The South's Red-Hot Town
Q&A: Why Taylor Swift Thinks Nashville is the Best Place on Earth
Welcome to Noshville
How Hot Chicken Became Nashville's Signature Dish
Drinking Bourbon from Sean Brock's Private Stash
Margot McCormack, Nashville's Alice Waters

Nashville, along with Lower Broadway, Bluebird Cafe, Johnny Cash Museum, Grand Ole Opry, Gaylord Opryland, Hermitage Hotel, Listening Room Cafe, and Ernest Tubb Record Shop, is in the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens! Pick up a copy today or view the feature online.

Music City Hitmakers
Music City Hitmakers
The hospitality industry has named Shawn Harris of Broadway Brewhouse Downtown, Eric Flakes and Korrie Payne of DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown, and Patrick Raines of The Hermitage Hotel as Music City Hitmakers for the months of December, January and February for their excellent customer service to Nashville visitors. Read their stories here. 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
The Row Kitchen & Pub
The Row Kitchen & Pub is one of the newest residents to Midtown, located in what was formerly Longhorn Steakhouse, a hangout frequented by the singers and songwriters who shaped Music City. The Row celebrates this history with stories and pictures, Nashville-inspired food, and live local music. Guests can sit in the original "Harlan Howard booth" and fill up on flavorful entrees and the history of award-winning tunesmiths in Nashville told through vintage photos of Curly Putman, Bobby Braddock, Frances Preston, among others. Enjoy Nashville dishes including Nashville Hot Chicken, House Made Pickle Flytes, and Tennessee BBQ and the all local and Southern regional craft draft wall. For embracing the Music City brand and for offering a true taste of Nashville, we salute this month's brand champion, The Row Kitchen & Pub.

Industry Indicators
Tax Collections
January tax collections were $2,766,041, an increase of 9.04% over January 2013. Tax collections year-to-date are $23,328,136, an increase of 17.63% over year-to-date in 2013.

February 2014 hotel data for Davidson County

  • Demand (rooms sold) increased 9.7% over February 2013
  • Occupancy increased 5.9% over the previous year
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR) increased 13.8% over the previous year
  • Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) increased 20.6% over the previous year
  • Hotel Revenue increased 24.8% over the previous year
  • Supply increased 3.5% over the previous year

Among the Top 25 Markets, Nashville had the largest increase in hotel revenue, the second largest increase in both ADR and RevPAR, the fifth largest increase in rooms sold, and above average growth in occupancy.

Ingram Industries
Ingram Industries Inc., consists of diversified businesses in marine transportation, aggregate supply, book distribution, print on demand book manufacturing, and digital storage, management and distribution services. Ingram Barge Company (IBCO) has been a quality marine transporter since 1946, and has grown to become the leading carrier on America’s inland waterways. Ingram Content Group Inc. provides books, music and media content to over 38,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries and is the world's largest distributor of physical and digital content.

Start DateEnd DateOrganizationAttendanceLocation
03/31/201404/01/2014North American Mission Board200Renaissance Nashville Hotel
03/31/201404/04/2014Frito Lay240Residence Inn Brentwood
03/31/201404/02/2014Amer Assn of Diabetes Educators125Sheraton Music City Hotel
03/31/201404/02/2014Alignment Nashville 200Holiday Inn Express Downtown
03/31/201404/01/2014Dialysis Clinic, Inc 75DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville - Downtown

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Nashville Backstage
April 17
NCVC Office

New Member Orientation
April 25
NCVC Office

Nashville's National Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Celebration Lunch
Nashville Convention Center
May 7
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Nashville Backstage:
Side 2

May 20
NCVC Office

All Access Training
May 29
NCVC Office

Nashville Backstage
June 24
NCVC Office

New Members
12th & Broad
AC Entertainment
The Bell Tower
Big Events, Inc.
The Black Abbey Brewing Company, LLC
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Cherry Street {eatery & sweetery}
Extended Stay America - Vanderbilt
Hops + Crafts
The Inn at Fontanel
Kaleidoscope Media
Lilac Farms at Arrington Vineyards
Lionel Cartwright
Martin's BBQ Joint - Belmont
Midtown Wine & Spirits
Music City Indoor Karting LLC
Music City LIVE
Nashville B-cycle
Quest Drape
Tavern '96
Travel Spike
Wanna B's Karaoke Bar
William Edge Salon

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