Meeting planners recognize the SMG standard

Meeting planners recognize the SMG standard

0 Comments 📅July 8th, 2013, 13:51

Cumberland_Exterior_large-300x248We recently experienced the busiest month in Knoxville Convention Center history, and halfway into 2013, this year is going to be a busy one. With PBS’ No. 1 rated program Antiques Road Show making a stop at the center this weekend, we are really rocking and rolling on Henley Street! Conventions, meetings and events come to the Knoxville Convention Center because of our amazing Convention Center sales team and staff, but also, because of the excellent reputation of our management company, SMG.

SMG is a Philadelphia-based management company overseeing more than 230 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, theaters and convention centers. SMG’s properties are located in cities across the United States, as well as internationally in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

Like the Knoxville Convention Center, SMG has also experienced several recent successes. In fact, the company has expanded to manage nine new convention centers in just two and a half years. Last month, SMG took over the management of its hometown convention center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The facility has more than one million square feet in exhibit space and the largest ballroom on the East Coast. In 2011, the company acquired the largest convention center in the country, McCormick Place in Chicago. The facility boasts more than a 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space.

SMG has 36 years of experience managing facilities of all types and sizes. Of the 230 facilities it manages, 70 are convention centers. In total, SMG manages more than 14.6 million square feet of exhibit space, and each year, more than 30 million people attend thousands of convention and exhibition events at SMG facilities.

Knoxville benefits from SMG’s myriad of industry connections. Several of our most successful events have been referrals from other SMG properties, including Discover the Dinosaurs, Southeastern Fire Chiefs Annual Convention, Star City Games and Flushing Spaniels Annual National Dog Championships.

Large cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and New Orleans continue to have confidence in SMG to manage their convention centers and bring tourism development to their communities. Here at the Knoxville Convention Center, we uphold the SMG standard of excellence and that tradition of excellence continues to elevate Knoxville in the facility and meeting planner industry.

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