The buzz around tonight's premiere of ABC's Nashville is now truly reaching manic proportions. That has gotten Blake Farmer some airtime on the Marketplace Morning Report, in which Butch Spyridon says it's the best marketing campaign he's never put together.
“There are billboards and posters and signs all over LA and New York that just say ‘Nashville,’” says Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I mean, I couldn’t buy it.”
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau announced yesterday that the live music app which it launched in early June of this year is now available for Android-powered phones as well. The “Nashville Live Music Guide” app lets people search for music by area of town or venue name and. Almost 4,000 people have downloaded the iPhone version in the past three months.
Mayor Karal Dean, along with a crowd of tourism and hospitality industry players, was at Bridgestone Arena this morning to announce a new recognition program. The program, known as "Nashville Hitmakers," is designed to honor industry workers who "go above and beyond to provide excellent customer service and ensure an authentic and memorable visitor experience." Making the announcement as part of National Travel and Tourism week, Mayor Dean praised the industry for its efforts in recovery following last year's flood.
Monthly winners will be selected. Each year, during Travel and Tourism week, the monthly winner with the most accolades will receive a prize package including Titans and Predators tickets as well as VIP backstage passes to various events around town.
“You’re never going to reach those HVS projections,” Councilman Eric Crafton told The City Paper last week. “For one thing, everybody’s broke. Companies don’t know what tax liabilities they have coming up, they don’t know what their health care liabilities are coming up, so they’re not hiring people, and I wouldn’t think they’d be just chomping at the bit to take trips to conventions in this kind of economic climate. For Nashville’s sake, I hope they will.”