April 01, 2003
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The Knoxville Convention Center

Site of the 1982 World’s Fair, this Southeastern Tennessee town is getting serious about meetings. October 2002 saw the opening of the Knoxville Convention Center, which has 119,922 square feet of exhibit space, 14 meeting rooms and a 461-seat lecture hall. The surrounding parkland will be restored by year’s end.

Major hotels here include the 385-room Marriott Knoxville, 317-room Hilton Knoxville and 293-room Holiday Inn Select Downtown.

A popular side trip for up to 225 guests is a journey on the Three Rivers Rambler steam train. The leisurely 12-mile roundtrip excursion can make a stop at the Ramsey House, built in 1797 by Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey. The venue hosts tented lunches for up to 1,000.

• T.B.

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