The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that the American Quilter’s Society has chosen Chattanooga to be the newest host city of the AQS QuiltWeek show. The AQS will meet in Chattanooga for three consecutive years starting with their first event Sept. 10-13, 2014 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting this caliber of an event in Chattanooga that will bring more than 20,000 people per year and will leave an estimated economic impact of more than $30 million over the next three years," said Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Bob Doak. "Securing this group is a testament of our commitment to invest in our community and provide top-notch meeting facilities, accommodations, attractions, and restaurants. The CVB, Hamilton County and our hospitality partners are committed to rolling out the red carpet and doing everything we can to ensure that the quilters have a successful show.”
Known for recognizing the artistry of today’s quiltmakers with the largest cash prizes in quilting, the American Quilter’s Society celebrates the art of quiltmaking by showcasing masterpieces created by today’s textile artists. By bringing together leading merchants, hundreds of new works of fiber art, show-stopping exhibitions, and the instructors in quilting, AQS QuiltWeek –Chattanooga will offer thousands of quilters a unique and exciting experience, officials said.
On selecting Chattanooga to host a new show, Executive Show Director, Bonnie Browning said, “When we looked at Chattanooga, we felt they truly wanted our business and their facilities were a perfect fit for our show. We were impressed with their thriving and vibrant arts scene, museums, galleries, and all the other activities scattered throughout the city. We are looking forward to a great time in Chattanooga.”
The American Quilter’s Society has almost 30 years of experience in presenting events in the quilting industry, best known for its flagship show in Paducah, Ky. Most recently launching a new AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2012, quilters across the country have been clamoring for more opportunities to enjoy an American Quilter’s Society event.
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is excited about the American Quilters show in Chattanooga and said, “The AQS QuiltWeek is an established event with a great reputation and it will leave an estimated $30 million in our community. I’m grateful for all the support, dedication, and enthusiasm of the CVB and hospitality partners in securing this event. Hamilton County government understands the importance of tourism and the direct economic impact it has throughout the entire county. Not only does it bring new money to our community, it enriches the lives of the locals. I’m proud to have been a part of the process to recruit this group and look forward to working with our Chattanooga partners on keeping them here.”
Tickets, registration, and hotel reservations will be available in advance of the event. Online registration for tickets, classes and special events at AQS QuiltWeek–Chattanooga is expected to open June 9, 2014.