Urban Guy Takes a Ride in a (Semi) Autonomous Vehicle (AKA Driverless Car)

I recently took a field trip, thanks to Visit Knoxville, outside my normal habitat of downtown, in order to take a ride in Olli, the autonomous vehicle developed by Local Motors. The current version is a prototype and is awaiting mapping of routes in order to be fully autonomous. It’s the first of two vehicles […]

The Tennessean, Knoxville’s New Luxury Hotel, Officially Opens

In its soft opening last weekend, Nicholas Cazana, president of the company which owns the property, said The Tennessean Hotel was filled to capacity giving his new staff a good sample of what they anticipate will be a very successful launch. The occasion was a ribbon cutting by Cazana, Mayor Rogero and Visit Knoxville’s Kim Bumpas, […]

Visit Knoxville Reveals New Look for the Knoxville Visitor Center

Yesterday, Visit Knoxville offered a small preview of the new look of the Visitor Center and today the public is invited in to experience the new space. Established in 2004, the basic look and design had not been given a makeover in the subsequent thirteen years. While visitors from other cities liked what they found, […]

Let’s Get Outside and Celebrate Who We Are: Bike, Boat, Brew and Bark

I’ve heard several discussions recently about our identity or identities as a city. Are we the home of the Vols? The guardians of the Sunsphere? We’ll always be those things, for sure, but we’ve got so much more going on and Visit Knoxville invites you to get outside and enjoy some of the things Knoxville […]

Visit Knoxville Launches a New Campaign to Promote the City

    In the past any discussion of bringing out-of-town guests into our city, seemed to focus on conventions or sports. Some of the conventions I’ve seen come through Knoxville while I’ve lived downtown have been great successes, flooding our downtown streets with a varying population depending on the particular convention. I’ve written about a […]