Why Knoxville

First time visitors are typically amazed by all Knoxville has to offer and meeting planners are consistently impressed with the city’s ability to host events. The fact that its finest meeting facilities are within walking distance of a very vibrant downtown is a plus. Very few places offer the opportunity to experience live music, culture, outdoor adventure, eclectic shopping and highly acclaimed cuisine in one unique location. It’s no wonder that Knoxville was recently named by Trip Advisor as a Top 10 Destination on the Rise. In this one, unique city, mountains meet music… art meets adventure… and culture meets cuisine.


Don’t just take our word for it. Read what others have to say about the venues and services in Knoxville.

“From initial meetings of the Local Arrangements Committee to promotional materials to volunteers, Visit Knoxville actively participated in SEMC 2014 Annual Conference. Attendees loved Knoxville because the historic sites and cultural institutions were within walking distance. Visit Knoxville was a true partner in planning and promoting this successful conference.”

Susan Perry - Southeast Museums Conference

“Knoxville was such a friendly city all-around and the downtown area was so accessible from our hotel and the convention center. It was great to be able to walk to dinner or off-site activities when needed. Overall, a great success!”

Jessica Seitz - Outdoor Writers Association of America

“Visit Knoxville is top of the line and I only wished I had the response and work from future host cities that they gave to our Association on behalf of your City. We believed that enough that your City was submitted by Southern Chapter ISA to host our International organization in Knoxville in August 2019.”

Dwayne Carter - Southern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

“The group of people at the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau are simply the best! They get back to you right away, connect you with the people who can help in any situation, and are flexible. What more can you ask for? We love the wonderful mix of ‘old’ and ‘new’ in Knoxville. It is an energetic and modern city with the University population right there and yet there is a strong sense of history and local pride.”

Meg Collins - TN Health Care Association

“Knoxville has a wonderful hotel and convention center package. I have worked with the team at Visit Knoxville, the Knoxville Convention Center, and all the great hotel partners. They were symbiotic in executing the trade association’s meeting that I brought to Knoxville. The city is compact with great restaurants and entertainment just a short walk from most of the hotels in the downtown area. The feedback from the attendees was very positive. I would recommend the team in Knoxville to make your event an unforgettable experience.”

Peter Wann - ConferenceDirect

“I think that the success of the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists was in large part due to the very attractive venue and hospitable staff provided by the Knoxville Convention Center. The large, airy and bright concourses were frequently mentioned by our attendees as a highlight of their meeting’s experience. The welcoming reception on the outdoor patio featuring a delicious buffet of local food and beers was another frequently mentioned high point of the week.”

Andrew Kramer – University of Tennessee Dept. of Anthropology