In the past, Portland and Austin have reigned as America’s darling hip cities.“Now, it’s Nashville’s turn,” The New York Times noted in January. Last year, Food & Wine named the Music City one of the country’s top metropolises for foodies. And the accolades, whether they’re for food, stunning new hotels or an art exhibit, just keep on coming. It’s no coincidence, then, that Nashville has emerged over the last year as one of the country’s hottest meeting and convention destinations.
That lofty status has been aided and abetted by the opening of the new $623 million Music City Center, a 1.2-million-sf convention center; a major expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to be completed in 2014; and the $250 million, 800-room Omni NashvilleHotel, across from the Music City Center, set to open in September. The hotel, which has 80,000 sf of meeting space, will be fully integrated with the Country Music Hall of Fame’s expansion.