Knoxville Selected As Tennessee’s 2014 “Southern Hospitality City” By ConventionSouth Magazine

GULF SHORES, Ala. (June 10, 2014)—The Editors of ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South, have announced their 2014 Hot Picks List of “Southern Hospitality Cities.” This list is comprised of one showcase city from 16 states in the U.S. South.  Each city was hand-picked by ConventionSouth editors from reader, fan and follower nominations as well as multi-source research that sought to find cities that offer:

• Attractive, Clean, Safe & Welcoming Community
• Charming, Authentic & Unique Attractions, Restaurants, Shopping & Recreation
• Communitywide Service Standards With Polite Hospitality Workers
• Helpful Visitors Bureau With Group Travel & Event Planning Services

A complete list of all the cities selected can be found online at and on Pinterest at

“It is with great honor to recognize Knoxville as Tennessee’s ‘Southern Hospitality City’ for 2014 and one of 16 ‘Southern Hospitality Cities’ from across the South,” said ConventionSouth Editor/Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock.  “For a city to offer Southern hospitality, the community as a whole must possess several defining qualities that collectively present an all-around welcoming spirit toward visitors. These qualities include a genuinely cordial state-of-mind of the residents that cooperatively becomes a community-wide state-of-being. This is further enhanced by a charming appearance and unique attractions such as one-of-a-kind restaurants—whether they are fine-dining establishments or greasy spoons. Meeting planners from across the country require destinations that meet these standards and therefore, look to the South over other regions in order hold more successful, memorable events.”

Along with releasing this list online today, editors will reveal insight about each city this August within The Guide to Meetings Sites in the South, an annual directory that showcases the most proactive meeting sites in the South as well as how-to insight on hosting meetings & events with authentic Southern hospitality and charm.

ABOUT THE MAGAZINE: Celebrating 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is circulated to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country that book meetings held within the South, according to Bundock.