CHATTANOOGA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT AUTHORITY
The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has added two new airlines and six new nonstop destinations over the last three years. Allegiant Air is the airport’s newest carrier, offering low fares into Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. Local travelers have responded with overwhelming support, and airport traffic is up over 20% for the year.
The airline said that market research and input from local community leaders indicated that the Chattanooga community would welcome the new nonstop flights and low fares to South Florida as an alternative to connecting flights and long drives to other airports. Allegiant will utilize 150-seat, MD-80 series, jet-aircraft on the route.
DOWNTOWN ELECTRIC SHUTTLE
In order to continually provide the community and visitors a great destination, the free, downtown Electric Shuttle expanded their hours and standard operating route. The new route takes people across the Tennessee River to the North Shore, an eclectic strip of retail shops and restaurants.
New hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m.– 11 p.m. (last bus leaving North station will leave at 11 p.m.); Saturday, 9 a.m.– 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. This is a year-round schedule except for New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas – there will be no service on these days.
BLUE MOON CRUISES ON THE TENNESSEE RIVER
Blue Moon Cruises provides tours through the Tennessee River Gorge aboard the 70-foot luxury cruiser, the Blue Moon. Guests will discover the natural, geological, historical and modern wonders around every bend. The forward and upper decks provide plenty of open air viewing, while the lower deck is fully climate controlled. Native bird species that can be seen during the cruise include Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys, Black Vultures, Belted Kingfishers and many more. Guided eco-cruises depart Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. & 1 p.m. and are 3.5 hours long. Contact: 888/993-2583
ATTRACTIONS ROCK CITY GARDENS
While its geological formations are estimated to be 200 million years old, Rock City Gardens itself will celebrate a milestone anniversary in 2007 – 75 years as a beloved roadside attraction in the heart of the Southeast.
Just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tenn., Rock City features a 100-foot waterfall, an overlook with the legendary, panoramic view of seven states, and a swing-along bridge that spans nearly 200 feet, offering thrilling views to the adventurous souls who cross it. Other features include the original Fairyland community fire station – Cornerstone Station, the remodeled Big Rock Grill, assorted gift shops and the ever-popular Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village. Rock City is open daily for self-guided tours year-round from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours by season.
PENGUINS ROCK AT THE TENNESSEE AQUARIUM
A new adventure at the Tennessee Aquarium takes visitors on a voyage to the southern hemisphere and the sub-Antarctic islands surrounding the South Pole. The new “Penguins’ Rock” gallery features two very active species of cold climate penguins – gentoo and macaroni penguins.
“Penguins’ Rock” is an interactive gallery where you can peer into the penguins’ world both above and below the water. It’s a fun and educational experience with video displays showing penguins in their native habitats which surround Antarctica; touch pools to feel the chilly waters penguins call home; life-sized models of three different penguin species and lively graphics throughout take you on a fact-finding scavenger hunt of penguin points to ponder. CONTACT: 423/785-3007
HOTELS CHATTANOOGAN HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER
The Chattanoogan Hotel, Tennessee’s Urban Resort, has received an updated look with new colors, furnishings, bedding and décor. The renovations of the hotel’s guestrooms, suites, lobby and The Foundry lounge were completed in mid-June 2007.
• Lobby has been updated with new furnishings, artwork and color palette.
• Guestrooms have been renovated from top to bottom, with all new furnishings, bedding and color palette.
• The upscale jazz and martini bar, The Foundry, has also undergone a significant makeover with new fabrics, artwork, carpet, and a unique, scent-delivery system that distributes a subtle fragrance throughout the upscale lounge. CONTACT: 843/881-4824
Fairfield Inn & Suites , Marriott’s moderate brand for business and leisure travelers, opened a new hotel in East Ridge, TN. The new hotels joins a vast array of lodging facilities located in the East Ridge area and stands at the newest Marriott hotel in Chattanooga. East Ridge is less than 10 miles from both the downtown Chattanooga area and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and offers guests convenient access to the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain attractions and Hamilton Place Mall.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites features a variety of amenities including the signature “king suite” that offers separate living and sleeping areas; pantry with coffee maker; mini-refrigerator and microwave and a dividing wall with a 32-inch recessed television and state of the art-compact disc stereo system; a complimentary continental breakfast, indoor swimming pool, exercise room and free high-speed Internet. CONTACT: 423/499-0497
GREATER CHATTANOOGA SPORTS & EVENTS COMMITTEE
NEW SOFTBALL FACILITIES ON HORIZON
The City of Chattanooga is currently planning a $2.8 million upgrade to facilities at Warner Park (scheduled for completion in 2008) and a new $10 million softball complex off of Apison Pike (scheduled for completion in 2009). With the addition of the new facility off of Apison Pike and the upgrades to Warner Park, Chattanooga will once again be a softball tournament destination.
The new complex will be located less than a mile from Interstate 75. This location, along with the addition of both 325 and 200 foot fences which will be able to accommodate adult men and women softball tournaments as well as youth competition, will assist in drawing numerous tournaments.
According to figures released by the Greater Chattanooga Sports and Events Committee, softball has been one of the major economic impact generators for the community since the Sports Committee’s inception in 1992 (over $50 million in estimated economic impact). CONTACT: 423/756-8687