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The Mountains Are Calling

By Gatlinburg CVB

Gatlinburg continues to be the go-to destination for conventions, groups, meetings, and events—and was recently named by Tripadvisor as the Travelers’ Choice Award for Best of the Best Destinations.

Historic Convention Center

From natural light flooding in through the gallery skylights to the exposed wooden beams, the Gatlinburg Convention Center is both spacious and warmly inviting. Reminiscent of the great lodges in America’s national parks, the center is built in an Arts and Crafts style with mountain stone and woodwork reflecting its beautiful surroundings.


Gatlinburg offers 16,000-plus guest rooms in a dizzying array of accommodations to suit any group type, size, or need. Whether it be full-service and limited-service hotels and motels, cabins, condominiums, or chalets, Gatlinburg can accommodate all needs.

Arts and Crafts Community

The Gatlinburg Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, established in 1937, is home to the largest grouping of artisans in North America, giving event planners the opportunity to incorporate historic mountain culture in their events.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Event planners who want to kick it up a notch and immerse their attendees in the mountain arts experience can plan an event at the city’s famed Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, located in the heart of downtown. Established in 1926, Arrowmont is an internationally recognized visual art education center that offers lodging, dining, and event spaces, including a gallery, studio, library, and auditorium space for up to 175 attendees.

Memorable Team-Building Options

Searching for an activity that gives attendees a hands-on local arts scene experience? The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, which includes more than 100 independent artisans—the largest arts and crafts community in North America—offers a “Create Your Own” program, where participating shops offer workshops for participants to make their own take-home crafts.

Free Overnight Parking

Price is always a determining factor for groups of all sizes and markets. Gatlinburg hotels do not charge for overnight guest parking—a “hidden” cost savings not to be overlooked when evaluating other cities for events and programs.

Meet in Gatlinburg—come see why the mountains are calling.