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Work on mammoth Music City Center is 40 percent complete
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Like a slow crescendo, the Music City Center is gradually taking shape. The $585 million convention center is about 40 percent complete, with workers continuing to assemble the 1.2 million-square-foot structure's steel and concrete skeleton. Concrete work on the five lower levels is almost done, and steel work on the upper levels should wrap up in December, said J. Holly McCall of the Nashville Convention Center Authority. More

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Airport terminal changes praised
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More than 100 people, including several elected state and local officials, gathered at Nashville International Airport July 12 to celebrate completion of the terminal's latest renovation project and rename the building in Robert C.H. Mathews Jr.'s honor. Mathews, who died in 2008 at age 80, served on the Metro Nashville Airport Authority from 1979-2001. He was chairman of the board, which manages Nashville International and John C. Tune airports, for 19 of those years. More

Opryland begins Christmas celebration preparations
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In the searing July heat, few are thinking about Christmas, but workers at Opryland are already preparing for the big holiday celebration this fall. It was all about Christmas at the Opryland Resort and it had a very special purpose. Gaylord Entertainment announced recently that Dreamworks movie characters will be part of the resort's annual Country Christmas celebration. More

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Bridgestone Arena ranks 9th in Pollstar's midyear report
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Bridgestone Arena ranks ninth in the United States and 23rd in the world for concert attendance in Pollstar's midyear ticket sales report. Those numbers are up from the 2010 midyear report, when Bridgestone ranked 23rd domestically and 48th in the word for concert attendance. More

US plans to unveil travel marketing campaign in the fall
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The Corporation for Travel Promotion plans to stage a "coming-out party" at the World Travel Market in London in November, when it will unveil a brand identity and sketch out the theme for a global marketing campaign. CEO Jim Evans said the campaign itself is targeted to be launched at the ITB Berlin travel show in March. He said he expects the CTP will have $150 million in industry and government matching funds for marketing during its first year. More

More than a third of hotel guests don't interact with staff after check-in
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Do you ever talk to hotel staffers after you check-in with a front desk clerk? Research firm J.D. Power and Associates posed that question to 61,300 travelers for its just-released, 15th annual study of hotel guest satisfaction. A whopping 38 percent said they, in fact, do stop interacting with hotel staff after they leave the check-in desk. This is a stat worth watching — and you can bet hotel owners will place a high priority in tracking it, too. It will be particularly important to watch as hotels roll out more technology — such as hotel check-in kiosks — that have the potential to reduce human interaction, and also as travel rebounds, typically a time when hotels expand their payroll. More

Business Travel Coalition: Fix flaws in Trusted Traveler program
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The Business Travel Coalition applauded Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole for taking the next steps in relaunching a Trusted Traveler program, but warned that the initiative will be doomed to failure unless economic and operational structural modifications are made. More
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