!Announcement for Shuttle Passengers!  

The driver will meet you inside the airport, in the baggage claim area. Please note that the Knoxville TYS airport has only one baggage claim area with a few carousels. Upon your arrival, you come out of the security check area and proceed straight to take an escalator to downstairs baggage claim area. The driver will be around the bottom of the escalator with a sign that says “ISFV-17”. Look for him there at  3:45 PMfor the 4 PM pick up or at 5:45 PM for the 6 PM pick up. The shuttle bus driver/company can be reached at 865-429-8687 in case that your flight is unexpectedly delayed.


1. McGhee Tyson International Airport (TYS), Knoxville, TN is the nearest and most convenient airport to Gatlinburg Convention Center. This airport is a public and military aiport 12 miles south of Knoxville, in Alcoa, Blount county, TN.

2. Rental Cars at TYS (McGee Tyson Knoxville International Airport): This option is most recommended if you plan to tour the Smokey Mountains National Park area and feel the true beauty of the nature. Nine different rental car agencies are available to pick up rental cars at the airport.


3. Taxi Service from TYS to GVCC (Gatlinburg Visiting and Convention Center): Click here to obatin a number of taxi service companies are available locally from the airport official website. Your timely reservation will be helpful to arrange a smooth pick up of you and your party upon arrival at the airport. Based on my personal inquiries as of November 6, 2015, the taxi fare varies from company to company. For example, http://knoxvilletaxicab.com/rates    Charges $90 from TYS to GVCC for up to 6 people in a minivan, but http://www.unitedtaxiknoxville.com/ asks $70 from TYS to GVCC. Therefore, when you make a pick-up reservation, your clarification and negotiation of the fare is suggested if you all can. Also, granting 10-15% tip would make the driver happy for his/her service.


4. ISFV-17 Complementary Shuttle Buses to and from GVCC are scheduled as:  

Sunday of June 19, 2016

4 pm: One shuttle bus departs from TYS
6 pm: One shuttle bus departs from TYS 

     Wednesday of June 22, 2016
         3 pm: One shuttle departs for TYS 

Thursday of June 23, 2016
         6 am: One shuttle departs for TYS

Each shuttle can carry up to 45 people. If you wish reserving your seat for the shuttle, please provide the following information directly to Dr. Kenneth Kihm, Chair of ISFV-17 at kkihm@utk.edu in your nearest possible future: 

Your arrival time and day at TYS:
Your departure time and day from TYS:
Your staying hotel name in Gatlinburg*:  

  *Since the shuttle will circulate the hotels that are listed on the conference website, you are strongly recommended to stay at one of the listed hotels if you need the shuttle service.”

We need your travel information no later than May 31, 2016, in order to secure your seat in the shuttle bus.


ISFV17 Website. Last update: June 15, 2016.