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Nashville Thrives In The Spotlight Of CMA Awards

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by grandave No Comments

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Nashville hosted the 45th Annual CMA Awards last night at the Bridgestone Arena which was broadcast live via ABC around the world.  All eyes, or at least that of country music fans were on Nashville for this annual celebration of country music’s top artists.

This is a big week for the city of Nashville.  Celebrities from all genres are her to attend the CMA Awards which means hotels are at capacity, restaurant reservations are filled, and transportation companies are at full capacity.  The Country Music Association, the Nashville CVB, Bridgestone Arena, Mayor Carl Dean as well many others made it look easy as the city was filled with out of town guests.  The Awards Show was packed with 15,000+ to watch Taylor Swift win Entertainer of the Year and even see Lionel Ritchie take the stage, not to mention a funny skit involving Hank Williams Jr to open the show.

Don’t let the CMA Awards overshadow the BMI Awards and the Titans/Bengals game that led into CMA Night.  This was a great week for Nashville and the hospitality industry as well.

The spotlight now should be on the city of Nashville and how flawlessly it handled this large event and many others year after year.

Mayor Carl Dean spearheaded the new Music City Center which in now under construction adjacent to the Bridgestone Arena and the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The MCC will add 850K+ square feet of convention space in the next 18 months.  The addition of the MCC is set to change the scope of Nashville and the size of events and conferences Nashville can facilitate putting us on the same plane as larger cities and destination leaders.  The MCC has led to new hotels like the 800 room Omni Hotel that is under construction adjacent to the MCC and the recently announced Hyatt Hotel. There is speculation that more hotels are on the way.  “If you build it, they will come”.  Thank you Mayor Dean.

I would be remissed if I didn’t give kudos to our staff at Grand Avenue as they have executed flawless transportation all week for our clients and have been burning the midnight oil as this has been the busiest week in the history of our company.  Job well done to everyone on our team! Thank you.

Nashville is not just country music.  Nashville is about large events, conferences, great restaurants and hotels, and southern hospitality as well as being the home of country music.  Come visit and you may decide to stay for a lifetime! I did.

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