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Reasons Why Your Next Meeting Should Be in Knoxville

Photo: Courtesy of Cycle of Life

Sarah Rowan

Senior Director of Sales, Visit Knoxville

What’s the most unique landmark in your city?

The Sunsphere at World’s Fair Spot. Built for the 1982 World’s Fair, this iconic element of the Knoxville skyline is the only structure of its kind. The Sunsphere stands 26 stories tall and features a 24-karat gold-dust filled, glass-paneled ball. The observation deck is filled with Knoxville images and provides a breathtaking 360-degree view that stretches to the Great Smoky Mountains.

What activities are available for corporate event attendees to participate in during free time?

In addition to a variety of outdoor and cultural experiences as well as historic and culinary tours, Knoxville’s “maker mentality” produces a wealth of unique activities. Options include Pretentious Glass & Beer Co., a one-of-a-kind studio/brewery where attendees can enjoy live glass blowing demos in the heart of Knoxville’s historic Old City.

Photo: Courtesy of Pretentious Glass Company

What’s one thing you wish everyone knew about your city?

In addition to Knoxville’s urban wilderness, offering outdoor adventure just minutes from downtown, attendees can enjoy downtown museums including the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Museum of East Tennessee History, or the one-of-a-kind Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Photo: Courtesy of Bruce McCamish Photography

If you could sum up your city in one word, what would it be?

Surprising. Visitors from throughout the world are experiencing Knoxville’s “wow” factor. Their surprise may be a reaction to the city’s vibrant, walkable downtown or its popular urban wilderness (featuring 50+ miles of mixed-use trails). Knoxville has also been dubbed the Maker City and is emerging as one of the best culinary and craft beer towns in the Southeast.

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