The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. has named Heather Middleton, a former NCVB employee, vice president of public relations.
Previously, Middleton was the vice president of corporate communications for The Buntin Group. Prior to that, she was the NCVB director of public relations for nearly eight years.
Nashville International Airport (BNA) today announced Southwest Airlines will begin offering three daily nonstop flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), effective Aug. 10.
Currently, BNA services D.C. (both Dulles International and DCA) and Baltimore (Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) via American Airlines, US Airways and Southwest. Combined, the three offer 12 daily nonstop flights. This will be Southwest’s first flights from BNA to DCA.
The three daily nonstops will depart BNA at 6:45 a.m., 11:25 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. American Airlines and US Airways also offer nonstop service to DCA from BNA.
“The addition of three daily nonstop flights to Reagan National Airport will give our business travelers more options to Washington, D.C., allowing for quick day trips to our nation’s capital,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said in a release. “Nashville International Airport, in conjunction with our airline partners, is continually working to provide additional air service and destinations to our passengers and deliver the Nashville Airports Experience.”
Travel + Leisure has ranked Nashville's Hermitage Hotel and Hutton Hotel in its 500 The World's Best Hotels 2014 list. Read more here.
USA TODAY and 10Best.com have ranked The Hermitage, the historic former home of President Andrew Jackson, third on their Best Presidential Attractions list.
The ranking is part of the two entities’ co-sponsored Readers’ Choice awards.
“We are honored to receive such an accolade and to be recognized among such prestigious presidential landmarks,” Howard J. Kittell (pictured), president and CEO of The Hermitage, said in a release. “Thank you to all who supported The Hermitage with their votes. It is encouraging to know that travel experts and the American public alike value the historical significance of The Hermitage and the legacy of our nation’s seventh president.”
Travel experts nominated The Hermitage among a selection of 20 presidential attractions for consideration in the category. Topping the U.S.'s Best Presidential Attractions list was Mount Rushmore followed by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
For a full list of the ranked attractions, visit here.
The Hilton Nashville Downtown hotel is slated to received major renovations to its lobby and mezzanine meeting room level. Atlanta-based The Winter Construction Co. has the permit to handle the work, the cost of which is about $2 million. The hotel, which has already seen extensive rehab and improvements the past year, is located at 121 Fourth Ave. S. in SoBro.
The hotel chatter continues.
With the looming opening of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and The 404 Hotel (both located in The Gulch), the Hilton Garden Inn now above grade in SoBro, Anil Patel’s two Marriotts fully framed on West End Avenue in Midtown, the fast-approaching start of Buckingham Midtown, Chartwell's Marriott almost finished in Green Hills, and efforts by both MarketStreet Enterprises and Mark Bloom to develop hotels (in The Gulch, no less), Nashville is abuzz with hotel construction.
In addition, multiple entities are looking to take existing buildings (for example, Noel Place and the Wells Fargo Building, both located on Fourth Avenue North) and convert them into boutique hotels. And, of course, Kevin Fee and his team are eyeing a towering Westin on the MCC Roundabout.
Interestingly, Buckingham Cos. officials are saying nothing about the hotel component of their mixed-use project (see image below), although speculation continues to focus on Kimpton Hotels, W Hotels and InterContinental Hotel. Some insiders have mentioned Peabody.
One hotel that seemingly will not be establishing a presence in Nashville — in either Buckingham Midtown or elsewhere — is Louisville-based 21c Museum Hotels, an entity various locals would like to have in town.
“We are not pursuing a project in Nashville,” said Stephanie Greene, 21c Museum Hotels director of public relations.
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