Marriott fined over blocking wifi access at Opryland, elsewhere

Hotel giant Marriott has been fined $600,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for jamming the wireless networks of hotel guests and convention attendees. The federal agency's investigation began after someone staying at the Gaylord Opryland complex filed a complaint. The company said it will pay the fine but it's sticking to its guns.

The company said this wasn't aimed at charging guests extra for Internet access but about protecting its network. It said the hotel's actions were legal and encouraged the FCC to change its rules "to eliminate the ongoing confusion" and "to assess the merits of its underlying policy."

Oct 6, 2014 6:59 AM

Aircraft charter company establishes local operation

Aircraft charter and management company AB Jets has officially established a Nashville operation, taking permanent space at Signature Flight Support at the Nashville International Airport.

The move follows the privately owned and operated company's having loosely operated from the city for the past 24 months.

AB Jets, which offers clients an A to B Jet Card for savings, recently added two Learjet 60s to its fleet of eight jet aircraft. With 24-hour operations, AB Jets customers can utilize the fleet in as little as two hours notice. 

“With Nashville’s rapid economic growth, market size and centralized location, we knew this was a good fit for expanding our operations, Andrew Bettis, AB Jets founder and co-owner, said in a release. “Nashville is the hub for music, healthcare, education and tourism and we are excited to be a part of this growing city”.

Founded in 1999, AB Jets serves primarily the Southeast. It is now co-based in Memphis and Nashville.

Oct 6, 2014 6:45 AM

Hall of Fame appoints development VP

Former Hands on Nashville VP also has worked as artist manager
Sep 30, 2014 1:18 PM

SMS takes aim at hospitality sector

SMS Holdings unit Service Management Systems has partnered with New Jersey-based group purchasing organization Fairway to market its housekeeping and maintenance services to hotel operators nationwide. Nashville-based SMS is looking to piggyback on the work it has long done for other types of companies, including arenas.

Sep 30, 2014 6:50 AM

Omni tallies 65,000 guests for first 12 months

Omni Nashville Hotel officials announced today that the SoBro-based facility welcomed about 65,000 guests during its first 12 months of operations.

The 21-story, 800-room luxury hotel (see here in an image courtesy of Google Maps) opened on Sept. 30, 2013.

“We had a wonderful first year and have been enthusiastically embraced by the Nashville community,” Dan Piotrowski (pictured), Omni Nashville Hotel general manager, said in a release. “We have been honored to contribute to Nashville’s thriving business and arts communities by providing a central location for all our guests to experience the best of Music City.”

Omni Nashville Hotel numbers for the first 12 months of operations:

Number of guests: 64,988 (which is about 178 guests per night)

Number of banquet covers: 490,000

Number of meetings and/or events hosted: 950

Number of cars parked (not including day parking): 121,479

Number of cheeseburgers sold in Barlines and Kitchen Notes: More than 50,000

Pounds of coffee brewed at Bongo Java or sold at Five & TENN: 7,543

Number of Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey drinks sold in Barlines: 11,904

Pounds of prime steak served in Bob’s

Steak & Chop House: 20,000 pounds to more than 35,000 guests

Top-selling item in Five & TENN retail store: Goo Goo Clusters

Sep 29, 2014 12:35 PM

NeXovation unit takes live Atlantic City Boardwalk media network

Plans call for display stations to span three miles
Sep 26, 2014 1:26 PM

Work to begin on Italian restaurant at SoBro Hilton

After a delay, work is set to begin at SoBro’s Hilton Nashville Downtown on Trattoria Il Mulino, the New York City-based chain that offers Abruzzese-inspired Italian cuisine, according to permit information via the Metro Codes Administration Services website.

Construction was to have started in April and the restaurant to have been opened by summer’s end, according to a release that announced the effort (read more here).

The approximately 8,500-square-foot space to accommodate Trattoria was last home to The Sportsgrille and is located at 144 Fifth Ave. S. next to The Palm and across the street from Bridgestone Arena.

Brasfield & Gorrie will serve as general contractor on the project, with the permit valued at about $2.23 million.

Sep 18, 2014 10:30 AM

Airport enjoys second-best July on record

The Nashville International Airport enjoyed its second-best July on record for total passengers, with 1.01 million passengers having used the facility during the month.

According to the latest monthly report from the Metro Nashville Airport Authority, the 1.01 million figure represents an 8.06 percent increase compared to the July 2013 mark. It is also only the fifth month ever BNA has recorded 1 million or more passengers.

Fiscal year to date, the facility has seen 1.95 million passengers, an 8.54 percent increase over the same time period for the previous fiscal year, MNAA reports.

August passenger figures (942,777) were up 9.07 percent compared to August 2013 numbers.

Sep 17, 2014 12:18 PM

Report: BNA in running for British Airways link

A direct connection between Nashville International Airport and London's Heathrow Airport could be established in 2016 if Music City can beat out the Midwestern quartet of Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Cleveland. So says a Columbus Dispatch report today, noting officials from Ohio's capital recently trekked to London to advocate for a flight. BA executives are in expansion mode — they added a direct link to Austin earlier this year — and are expected to make a decision in the first half of next year.

Sep 10, 2014 2:34 PM

Hilton 2.0

Inside the renovation of one of downtown's hospitality anchors
Sep 7, 2014 8:40 AM