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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.”

Oct 10, 2012 8:33 AM

CVB halfway to room-night goal

More than half a million room nights already booked for Music City Center
Nov 16, 2011 9:57 AM

CVB app now available on Android phones

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.

Aug 31, 2011 8:30 AM

CVB launches Live Music Guide app

Smartphone application will allow users to see who's playing in Nashville's many music venues
Jun 9, 2011 11:43 AM

Mayor, Hospitality industry looking for 'Hitmakers'

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.

May 11, 2011 1:20 PM

Open for business

In the wake of the 2010 flood, players in the tourism and hospitality industry gathered to send the world a simple message [From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
May 2, 2011 12:02 AM


Mar 23, 2011 7:22 AM

Music City brand marketers eye royal boost

Looking to capitalize on the throngs expected to arrive in London next month for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau officials have wrapped 10 taxis in the Music City brand.

Mar 15, 2011 7:44 AM

MCC continues to evolve with Science Teachers

Gathering of science educators that last year visited Opryland becomes 37th event booked at new convention center
Mar 2, 2011 11:56 AM

'Thank the good Lord that Omni was very interested'

Snagging Omni Hotels' commitment to build an 800-room hotel across from the rising Music City Center has helped restart the future bookings pipeline, says CVB boss Butch Spyridon. But there's plenty of work still to be done and the skeptics still aren't swayed.
“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.”
Dec 6, 2010 11:05 AM