Hank Williams, Jr. to Headline Fifth Annual New Year's Eve 'Bash on Broadway'
Country singer/songwriter Hank Williams, Jr. will headline the fifth annual Music City New Year's Eve 'Bash on Broadway' event in downtown Nashville, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced. A city that knows how to throw a good party, Music City will once again offer one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in the country with multiple days of free live music and Nashville's own midnight "Music Note Drop®." Read more about this year's celebration.

Nashville's Strength as a Destination Reflected in New Tourism Impact Numbers
The number of visitors coming to Nashville and the amount of money they spend while they are here both significantly grew in the last year, according to research released by the NCVC. Direct visitor spending rose to $4.61 billion in 2012 compared to $4.25 billion the previous year according to a study conducted by the US Travel Association. Total visitation rose to 11.8 million in FY 13, an increase from 11.25 million the previous year, according to the NCVC. The total direct visitor spending for Nashville represents 29 percent of the overall visitor spending in the entire state. These figures are the latest in a series of economic performance numbers showing significant growth in the hospitality industry in Nashville. The city just finished its third record-breaking year for hotel occupancy tax collection, bringing in $36,937,635 in FY 13, an increase of 8.6 percent over the previous year.

KEEN Digital Summit Launches in Music City Oct. 24-27
KEEN Digital Summit—for Keeping Entrepreneurs Engaged and Networking—is convening an eclectic and exciting group of top digital tastemakers, leaders, founders and innovators all under one roof from October 24 to 27, 2013 in a three-day B2B and B2C event and expo. This inaugural conference in Nashville welcomes social influencers, journalists, editors, developers, start-ups, small businesses and Fortune 500 brands to come meet, collaborate, and learn about innovative technologies and new platforms in the areas of travel, technology, food and spirits, family and entertainment. Omni Nashville, which will be opening its doors on Sept. 30, is KEEN's official hotel sponsor and the site of all content and programming. From the likes of Jairek Robbins to Porter Gale, the conference keynotes and special guests will engage their audiences on all levels with talks about targeted advertising, using social for good, Millennial marketing, email campaigns, visual messaging, digital media ethics and much more. View KEEN's schedule as it evolves.

NCVC Taps Business Partners to Promote Convention Business
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced the formation of the Music City Corporate Convention Council, an eight-member group made up of business leaders working to engage the local community to bring convention business to Nashville. Marty Dickens, former chair of the Convention Center Authority, and Bob Patterson, NCVC board member and partner at Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, will co-chair the council. Members of the steering committee include David Anderson (HCA), George Anderson (Anderson Benson Insurance), Margaret Dolan (Ingram Industries), Bert Mathews (The Mathews Company), Ron Samuels (Avenue Bank) and Mike Shmerling (XMi Holdings Inc.). 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. Read more here.

CMA Music Festival Visitor Spending Reaches New High
The 2013 CMA Music Festival contributed a record-setting $31.5 million in direct visitor spending to the local community according to numbers released by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. What started with 5,000 fans in Municipal Auditorium has grown to a record daily attendance of more than 80,000, representing every state and 27 foreign territories. The Festival also benefits music education through a program called Keep the Music Playing. To date, CMA and The CMA Foundation have contributed more than $7.6 million to supply instruments and musical equipment for all 144 Metro Nashville Public Schools – providing a strong incentive for students to stay in school. Worldwide interest in the event is burgeoning. This year, four-day ticket packages sold out six weeks in advance of the event for the first time. Tickets for the 2014 event are outpacing sales for 2013.

High School Career Fair Introduces Students to Hospitality Industry
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) is recruiting industry partners to showcase potential career paths at the fifth annual Academies of Nashville Career Exploration Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Music City Center. The event will provide an avenue for high school freshmen in Nashville to explore a breadth of career areas through interaction with local professionals. Engaging activities will allow students to envision themselves in careers in hospitality and tourism and also see the relevance of their studies. The students will use this experience as a key element to determine which themed academy to pursue throughout high school. To learn how your hospitality company can participate, contact Leigh Anne Sanders at leighanne@visitmusiccity.com.

Freeman Customer Support Center Recognized by the J.D. Power and Associates Call Center Certification Program for Third Consecutive Year
Freeman, the world's leading provider of integrated services for live engagements, announced its Customer Support Center has been recognized for call center customer satisfaction excellence for the third consecutive year under the J.D. Power and Associates Call Center Certification Program. To achieve certification, Freeman's call center successfully passed a detailed audit of more than 100 practices that evaluate customer satisfaction, recruiting, training, employee incentives, quality assurance capabilities, and management roles and responsibilities. As part of its evaluation, J.D. Power and Associates also conducted a random survey of Freeman Customer Support Center customers who recently contacted its call center, located in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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
Tennessee Brew Works
One of Nashville's newest microbreweries on the scene, Tennessee Brew Works has quickly embraced the music brand through its guitar logo, "Finely Tuned" tagline and even one of its signature brews, the herbal-infused Basil Ryeman. The brewery will be located in a former printing warehouse at Ewing Avenue and Fogg Street downtown – a stone's throw from the Music City Center and blocks from Jackalope and Yazoo breweries. The company is aiming for an October opening of its Tennessee Taproom and its five brews (Southern Wit, Extra Easy, Basil Ryeman, Cutaway and Country Roots) will show up at bars and restaurants around town soon. Congratulations to Tennessee Brew Works, Brand Champion for the month of September!

Industry Indicators
August 2013 hotel data for Davidson County

  • Demand (rooms sold) increased 12.5% over August 2012. This is the best August in the city's history in terms of rooms sold.
  • Occupancy increased 12.0% over the previous year
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR) increased 10.2% over the previous year
  • Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) increased 23.3% over the previous year
  • Hotel Revenue increased 23.9% over the previous year
  • Supply increased 0.4% over the previous year
Among the Top 25 Markets, Nashville had the largest % increases in Rooms Sold, Occupancy, RevPAR, and Hotel Revenue for August.

Bank of Nashville
The Bank of Nashville is a division of Synovus Bank, one of the largest community banks in the Southeast. They consider themselves, first and foremost, members of the Nashville community. Financial challenges are more complex these days, but they stand ready to give their customers the personal help and attention they need. Their business philosophy is as follows: Taking care of our customers builds lasting relationships. All of their employees sign a Customer Covenant, a formal written commitment that states: "We pledge to serve every customer with the highest levels of sincerity, fairness, courtesy, respect and gratitude, delivered with unparalleled responsiveness, expertise, efficiency and accuracy. We are in business to create lasting relationships, and we will treat our customers like we want to be treated. We will offer the finest personal service and products delivered by caring team members who take 100% responsibility for meeting the needs of each customer." www.bankofnashville.com

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Nashville Backstage Hospitality Training
October 17
NCVC Office

Chairman & President's Lunch
October 22
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
This is an exclusive event for NCVC Double Platinum, Hall of Fame, Corporate Executive, and Corporate Ambassador Members.

Sell Nashville
October 24
NCVC Office

New Member Orientation
October 30
NCVC Office

New Members
1501 Linden Manor Bed & Breakfast
Colliers International
Hachland Hill
Jim Bartruff - Generator Operator
Martin's BBQ Joint - Mt. Juliet
Martin's BBQ Joint - Nolensville
Music City Lofts
Outback Concerts
Saunders Electric, LLC
Wise Coaches

Helpful Links
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Convention Calendar
Renew Online
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The Mall at Green Hills
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