Visit Knoxville is proud to announce that the Knoxville Convention Center will soon have free wireless internet for future events. Visit Knoxville will implement this service via an agreement with ShowNets. For more than 17 years, ShowNets has become the recognized expert in designing, deploying and supporting state-of-the-art Internet solutions for events, trade shows and facilities.
“We are excited to provide this opportunity as we continue to expand on our partnership with the Convention Center,” states Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas. “This is a game-changing tool for our Visit Knoxville/KCC sales team as well as the Sports Commission to utilize as we sell Knoxville for years to come. This service will set us apart from the other destinations that we compete with for all types of business.”
“The ability to offer free WiFi not only will improve guest experience, but also is yet another attractive benefit for event and meeting planners seeking to book our facility,” said Mary Bogert, general manager of the Knoxville Convention Center. “Knoxville has become a go-to destination for meetings, conventions and conferences. We are experiencing one of our busiest years to date with no sign of slowing down. These technology upgrades increase our marketability in the industry and will draw even more people to experience our Southern hospitality.”
“I’m excited to learn more about this outstanding new WiFi initiative from the Visit Knoxville CVB at the Knoxville Convention Center. Our clients often encounter the “pain point” of paying extra fees for WiFi, and this timely and welcome announcement regarding the complimentary WiFi throughout all the convention center meeting space will assist in our clients saving money on their bottom line,” says Stephen P. Burke, CMP, regional vice president, HelmsBriscoe. HelmsBriscoe is the highest volume purchaser in the meetings and event industry.
The economic impact for events booked for the convention center during this past fiscal year total more than $56.5 million. This represents groups within the association, sports, religious and educational market segments, among others.
The installation is under way and will be ready in October 2016.