May 7, 2010
Floodwaters have closed the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, in Nashville, Tenn., potentially stranding scores of incentive travel and meetings groups, in the coming months, without hotel rooms or convention space.
“Our top priority for booked guests is to find the best alternative solution that meets the needs of our customers and their convention plans,” said Pete Weien, senior vice-president and general manager of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. “Whenever possible, we are transitioning them to other Nashville hotels. Other customers have chosen to relocate their events to another facility within the Gaylord family.”
To date, Gaylord has officially transferred more than 8,800 room nights to other hotels in downtown Nashville, and another 811 room nights are confirmed for hotels in Franklin, Tenn.
In addition, the company is actively working with dozens of groups to salvage their upcoming conventions in Music City and secure another 49,000 room nights for the local tourism industry.
As part of this process, Gaylord is also working closely with Nashville officials and a number of downtown hotels to ensure a smooth transition.
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