Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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Page 13 of 35 Meeting Ideas 14 Bring the Kids! Bring the Kids! Courtesy Alcatraz East Crime Museum The Alcatraz East Crime Museum is one of dozens of family attractions in Pigeon Forge. W ith the expense of travel, many meeting attendees keep an eye out for opportunities to turn a business trip into a fam- ily vacation, extending their stay a few extra days to enjoy the local sights with their spouse and kids. As a result, choosing a loca- tion with an eclectic offering of attractions can dramatically boost meeting attendance. To make sure your next meeting or conference appeals to these attendees, check out these family friendly cities. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Few destinations cater to families quite like Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which attracts some of the country's largest family-based conferences each year. With more than 20 meeting facilities, the most notable venue is the state-of-the-art LeConte Center, a 232,000-square-foot conference space named after the region's famous mountain peak. Located along the city's beautiful river walk, this nature-themed facility gives the impression of a grand mountain lodge, with breathtaking woodwork and forest-inspired carpeting. The Smoky Mountain Convention Center and the Music Road Resort Hotel each accommodate up to 1,000 guests, and properties like the Hilton Garden Inn and the Mainstay Suites Conference Center offer small yet elegant settings for meeting groups. Between conference sessions, groups can explore the network of retail shops at The Island, the city's new outdoor shopping and enter- tainment complex, which features highlights like the Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel and Paula Deen's Family Kitchen. For evening entertainment, groups have 15 theaters from which to choose, each program centering on clean family fun. Some of the most popular choices include the Comedy Barn, the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, Lumberjack Adventure, the Dixie Stampede and the Smoky Mountain Opry. At the Titanic Museum, guests can dip their fingers into 30-degree waters, climb into a replicated lifeboat and watch real footage of the sunken Titanic. The Alcatraz East Crime Museum takes visitors through the complex history of crime in the United States, from pirates to train By Savannah Osbourn These meeting destinations draw delegates and their families

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