Nashville's Opryland Resort reopens
In early May, rising waters escaped the banks of the Cumberland River and flowed into parts of Nashville, Tenn., including a swath of land downtown that’s home to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The resort, with 2,881 guest rooms, is an anchor to the city’s convention and meeting business, and the flood caused its owners and managers to close the doors until further notice.
After six months and more than $200 million, the resort reopened last week and invited meeting and travel professionals to town this past weekend to see the renovations. Four groups arrive to the resort today for meetings this week. There’s no sign of damage to the guest rooms, lobby and exhibit space that had up to 10 feet of standing water in some parts.
Gaylord Opryland laid off more than 1,700 employees after the flood, but the hotel began hiring workers again last month. It’s now fully staffed and ready for more meetings.