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$250M Omni Nashville Hotel within Music City Center breaks ground; opens 2013

Rendering of Omni Nashville Hotel – www.omnihotels.com

NASHVILLE, Tennessee USA /PRNewswire/ — Executives from Omni Hotels & Resorts along with Mayor Karl Dean, the Metro Council and leaders from Music City Center, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, broke ground today on the latest addition to the portfolio of the luxury hotel brand. The Omni Nashville Hotel, a 21-story high-rise, is set to capture the distinct culture of Nashville – known as Music City – and embody the authentic character of the city.

Set to open in the back half of 2013, the hotel will serve as a key element within the developing Music City convention center area with 800 guest rooms and more than 80,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Located directly across from the new, state-of-the-art 1.2 million square-foot Music City Center, the property will boast retail and entertainment venues unique to a convention center hotel. Incorporating natural materials, exposed steel and regional limestone, the hotel will also be seamlessly integrated with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The combined facilities will share meeting and event space as well as bring additional retail, restaurants and entertainment venues along 5th Avenue. The hotel will also feature an urban pool deck, fitness center and a Mokara signature spa.

“Omni Hotels & Resorts believes the unique character of each destination should be reflected in our properties,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “As we approach the design of the Omni Nashville Hotel, we want to ensure that Music City’s distinct culture is incorporated to create a compelling and memorable experience for conventioneers, leisure guests and locals.”

The Metropolitan Government and Omni Hotels & Resorts reached a pre-development agreement to build the hotel in August 2010, and formalized the agreement two months later. In December that same year, the Convention Center Authority of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County approved a plan giving Omni Hotels & Resorts the authority to integrate into the expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. A preliminary view of the integration plan was showcased in March of 2011.

“Due to the overwhelming support from the Metro Council and our citizens, we are ready now more than ever, for conventions and groups to experience our great city,” said Mayor Karl Dean. “We also look forward to extending our southern hospitality to the thousands of business and leisure travelers who will be here for work and play.”

The $250 million Omni Nashville Hotel represents a public-private partnership that will create 300 new, full-time jobs with 200 of those positions guaranteed to be filled by Davidson County residents. During construction, Omni has committed to 20 percent diversity business participation and to spend at least 20 percent of the project’s construction costs with local businesses. The project is being privately financed by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Like the Music City Center, the hotel and expansion project is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences that take guests on “A Total Departure” to 50 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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