The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited about 2019 as Gatlinburg continues to be the premier destination for conventions, meetings and sporting events. With all the new and exciting developments and enhancements that Gatlinburg continues to have every year, it’s no wonder that the Gatlinburg Convention Center had its second highest attendance in its 30-year history in 2018. More and more conventions, meetings and sporting events continue to select Gatlinburg and we at the Gatlinburg CVB would like to thank all of our customers. We truly appreciate that you entrust in bringing your event to Gatlinburg. For those of you that have not had a convention or event in Gatlinburg, please let us know how we can help as we would really love to have you experience what Gatlinburg has to offer to your program and attendees.

In this issue we continue to countdown to the highly anticipated Spring opening of Blake Shelton’s lifestyle branded restaurant and entertainment venue, Ole Red. Also opening in 2019 is Gatlinburg’s newest attraction, SkyBridge. Also profiled in this edition is the newly opened Greystone Cabin, the recently renovated River Edge Inn Hotel, and the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa.
Gatlinburg at a glance
  • Convention Center: (148,000 square feet of total space)
  • Sleeping Rooms (4,000+ surrounding convention center including full and limited service hotels, condominiums, chalets and cabins)
  • Dining Options: (100+ restaurants, from casual to elegant gourmet establishments with the majority within walking distance to hotels and convention center)
  • Shopping: (500+ shops with 5 malls plus largest Arts & Crafts Community in the U.S.)
  • Attractions: (40+ along with many other entertainment options with the majority within walking distance to hotels and convention center)
  • Rocky Top Sports Complex: (Named 2017 top Multi-Use Sports Facility by SportsEvents Magazine) and (2018 Favorite Indoor Venue by Sports Destination Management Magazine)
  • Gatlinburg Golf Course: (Named Best Municipal Golf Course in Tennessee by Golf Digest Magazine)
What's New in Gatlinburg
SKYBRIDGE Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg SkyLift, a Gatlinburg staple since 1954, will be opening SkyBridge in Spring of 2019. SkyBridge will be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America measuring nearly 700 feet in length and spanning the valley between ridges on Crockett Mountain. Experience spectacular panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains and see Gatlinburg from a whole new vantage point at thrilling heights of up to 150 feet!

Greystone Retreat Cabin
Greystone Retreat is the newest addition to the Stony Brook Cabins Property Management Company and is located just minutes from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Gatlinburg’s main parkway. An indoor heated pool, hot tub, theater room, outdoor gas fire pit, commercial grade appliances and is handicap accessible.

Greystone Retreat is a great option for almost any size group or market.
  • 13-bedrooms / 13.5 bathrooms
  • Sleeps up to 55 people

Updates in Gatlinburg
Ole Red Gatlinburg
Ole Red Gatlinburg
With a planned opening in spring 2019,  Ole Red Gatlinburg  will be a $9 million, a multi-level 16,000-square-foot entertainment venue with a two-story bar and restaurant, exterior terrace, performance space, dance floor and retail area.
The venue will be equipped with state-of-the-art performance equipment and planned programming that will include curated concert line-ups and performances from up-and-coming talent. Ole Red will offer Full Restaurant and Mezzanine Buy Out opportunities as well as Tour & Travel Group Experiences.
Blake Shelton Checking on Progress of Ole Red
On January 2 nd , county music star Blake Shelton, along with friends Gwen Stefani and NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, visited Gatlinburg to check in on the progress of the newly constructed Ole Red which will be opening in the Spring. While in town, Blake and his friends enjoyed the festivities at Anakeesta, which is just located across the street. While visiting Anakeesta, Blake and his friends went on the dueling zipline adventure, enjoyed the treetop canopy walk and grabbed some lunch at the Clifftop Grill & Bar. 

River Edge Inn

River Edge Inn

This recently renovated boutique style inn is located on Gatlinburg’s River Road. The Inn offers 43 guest rooms and features a seasonal outdoor pool with a children’s wading pool. While this property does not feature meeting space, they do offer two large suites to accommodate up to 10 people. These suites are popular among family reunions, small church groups and groups requiring the convenience of a hospitality room.

  • All rooms non-smoking
  • Free WiFi
  • Private balconies
  • Grab and Go Continental Breakfast
  • Refrigerator, Microwave Keurig Coffee Makers
  • Bath & Body Works bathroom amenities
  • Fireplace in majority of rooms

Westgate Resort Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg's Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort is more than just a convenient location with scenic views. The resort provides beautiful cabin-style luxury accommodations. The spacious villas offer up a wide range of creature comforts including a working fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen, private balcony and large screen television. When you explore the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort property, you’ll find hiking trails, three heated outdoor pools (seasonal), the world-class Serenity Spa by Westgate and even a year-round, indoor/outdoor water park. During the November 2016 wildfire, 652 units and 70 of the 90 buildings at the resort were destroyed. However, clean-up and rebuilding started quickly and is expected to be fully completed by Fall of 2019.
  • Resort is pet-friendly
  • Serenity Spa   Exquisite, full-service day spa offers a variety of services to relax, rejuvenate and renew your body, mind and spirit.
  • Fitness Center features premium fitness, cardio and weight training equipment, as well as a selection of fitness apparel for both men and women.
  • On-site indoor/outdoor Wild Bear Falls Water Park – 60,000 square feet of year-round water fun.
  • Forest themed 9-hole Mini Golf course onsite.
  • “Bear” Foot Game Room with a variety of classic and contemporary games for all skill and age ranges.
  • Soar sky-high above the trees with The Flying Bear Zipline!
  • Westgate Resort Gatlinburg can accommodate a variety of group needs from all markets and sizes. 

Gatlinburg Convention Center
Gatlinburg Boardroom AV Upgrade
The Gatlinburg Boardroom, located in the Gatlinburg Convention Center, has recently gone through a major technological upgrade. The new audio-visual system includes one 90” and two 60” Sharp Aquas 4k LED displays controlled by a state-of –the-art Crestron control system. The integrated touchscreen can switch one or all displays from one of the HDMI table inputs or to the Clickshare  dongle that allows true wireless presentations.
The new upgraded system allows you to type in the displayed IP address and present from any mobile device including smartphones. The 10” powered subwoofer, mounted under the boardroom conference table, provides dramatic effect to video presentations.
The entire system is intuitive and can be controlled from the wall mounted touchscreen located near the podium or the portable wireless touchscreen that can be moved to any seat at the boardroom conference table.

Congratulations Margaritaville
Gatlinburg's Margaritaville Resort named best new hotel in the country. The award was given by USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice travel awards.
Gatlinburg Convention Center
List of Events
Accelerate 2/1-3
Divine Rhythm 2/1-3
Boy Scouts of America 2/8-9
Church of Christ 2/15-17
Faith for the Family 2/21-23
BTS Competition 2/22-24
PFG Hale 2/25-26
TomCat U 3/4-8
Encore 3/7-9
National Beta 3/7-8
Public Agency 3/12-14
Santa Reunion 3/14-17
Powersports 3/15-16
Timothy Barnabas 3/19-21
Future Farmers 3/24-27
House of Joy 3/28-31
Dynamic Events 3/30-31
TN Respiratory Care 4/1-2
WMU Missions 4/5-7
SM Music Festival 4/12
Gatlinburg Prom 4/13
Cheer Competition 4/13
Easter Craft Show 4/17-30
Bridge Tournament 4/22-28
SM Music Festival 4/26
The Mountains are Calling
Gatlinburg Accolades
Forbes Magazine listed Gatlinburg one of its top 20 prettiest towns in America in 2017.​

Rocky Top Sports World Voted 2017 Top Multi Use Sports Facility

MSN listed Gatlinburg “The Prettiest Town in Every State” for the state of Tennessee in 2017.​​

City of Gatlinburg and Rocky Top Sports World named winning combo in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards by SDM Magazine. 

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Named Best U.S. Aquarium for 2017 by USA Today Readers’ Choice.

Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Readers Choice Award for 2017 and Seven Time Award Winner by Convention South Magazine.
Anakeesta Outdoor Adventure
Gatlinburg CVB
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