HB ON THE SCENE: Gaylord Entertainment Reopens Opryland Resort

 NASHVILLE, TN–Six months after a devastating flood closed the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Gaylord Entertainment reopened the 2,881-room property here.

Given the enforced closing, Gaylords management took the opportunity to use the time to not only repair damage from the flood, but to make make capital improvements to the 32-year-old resort, including new infrastructure, a redesigned lobby, upgraded restaurant concepts, and a major refurbishment of a portion of its guestrooms. Repairs and improvements represented a capital outlay in excess of $250 million.

Opryland is a different resort than before the flood, Gaylord chairman & CEO Colin Reed told HOTEL BUSINESS®, noting that the reopening coincides with the propertys traditional holiday events, making the reopening even more special.