Seeing New Faces in Town?

0 Comments 📅August 17th, 2010, 02:41

The recent American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show had the Knoxville Convention Center bustling. The event brought more than 14,000 quilters and quilt enthusiasts from all over the world to Knoxville. Local restaurants, hotels and shops were enjoying having so many new faces in town.

Linda Lundgren from Lakewood, CO enjoys the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show and Contest with her sister-in-law Beth Lundgren from Knoxville, TN.

Linda Lundgren from Lakewood, CO enjoys the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show and Contest with her sister-in-law Beth Lundgren from Knoxville, TN.

Linda Lundgren from Lakewood, Colorado, was just one of the many out-of-towners to enjoy the show. And one of the prize-winning quilts, Tequila Sunset, was created by Laurie Tigner from Rapid City, South Dakota. It was definitely an event that brought people from everywhere to our beautiful city.

Destination ImagiNation, another event that brings thousands of visitors to Knoxville, has been hosting their global finals here at the convention center for the past 8 years. The Global Finals competition not only brings together the best and brightest young creative problem solvers from the four corners of the globe, but it plants a seed. If they have a wonderful experience here in Knoxville, they are much more likely to return in the future. And the event also gives Knoxville’s economy a significant boost. Participants are given an “Experience Knoxville” value card with discounts at over 40 area businesses and attractions. It is estimated that the total economic impact of this event to the city is more than $24 million.

The 2010 National Lure Collectors show was a little less visible because it was a members-only event. However, this great group of collectors brought over 1,500 visitors to our city.  Similarly, the recent Pet Stylists Super Show brought many visitors to town. A crew from ABC Nightline even came in from New York to film parts of that show.

Later this month, the Federation of Genealogical Societies will be holding their annual convention at the KCC, bringing even more guests to our city. And the Tennessee Health Care Association convention at the end of August will attract attendees from across the state.

With all the events we bring to town, it is always a thrill to welcome guests to Knoxville. Our fabulous facility allows us to provide clients with a top shelf event, and our staff takes pride in providing excellent service with a liberal dose of Southern hospitality.

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