Women in Aviation chapter hosting career symposium

The Women in Aviation International Great Lakes Chapter will host a career conference next month in Battle Creek.

Interest in hunting, fishing licenses remains high

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The pandemic forced people to rethink how they would protect their health and well-being in 2021, and one of the ways they did so was by retreating to the outdoors. 

Travel and tourism industry expects rebound in 2022

Travel and tourism in West Michigan will continue its upward trajectory in 2022 as it rebounds from the pandemic.

Camp retreat opens in Rockford

A new camp retreat opened its grounds to the public.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids raises $5K for culinary students

The 12th annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids event supported 50 restaurants and raised $5,000 for the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts.

Renovation of downtown hotel complete

The $40 million renovation of a downtown Grand Rapids hotel is complete.

Marriott hotel opens its doors

A new Marriott hotel is open in Wyoming.

Suburban Inns producing HR hospitality conference

A conference for human resource professionals in the hospitality industry will be held this week at a downtown Grand Rapids hotel.

Conference center to be converted into $14M hotel

The former Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport & Conference Center will undergo a $14 million renovation.
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Mackinac Island saw big tourism rebound during 2021 season

MACKINAW CITY — Business owners on Mackinac Island are celebrating a big rebound in tourism this year after fewer visitors made the journey to the island in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ford airport expands leadership team

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA) hired a new director.

John Ball Zoo begins study on potential aquarium

John Ball Zoo will conduct a joint study with Kent County and the city of Muskegon to decide where to build an aquarium in West Michigan.

Baseball, softball lead sports tourism rally

Sports is proving to be vital in reviving the tourism industry in West Michigan as it emerges from the pandemic, but not just any sports.

AHC Hospitality hires, promotes staff

AHC Hospitality promoted six employees and hired an additional staff member at some of its hotels.

West Michigan Aviation Academy opens flight training center

The West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) recently opened a new Flight Training Center at 4151 Aviator Way, on the campus of Gerald R Ford International Airport.

Experience Grand Rapids redesigns website

Experience Grand Rapids, the convention and visitors bureau for Kent County, has revamped its website, experiencegr.com, to include new features, some of which make it more accessible for individuals with disabilities.

John Ball Zoo becomes SITES certified

John Ball Zoo became the first zoo in the world to be awarded a SITES Gold certification under the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) rating system for its meerkat exhibition.

Renovation to Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites begins

The Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation project expected to be completed by the end of summer 2022.

Kent County Hospitality Association hosting countywide job fair

The Kent County Hospitality Association is hosting a “Let’s Get Back to Work” industry job fair on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Father and son’s love of flying spills over into law practice

Some days you can find Jeff Beswick and his son, Ethan Beswick, in the courtroom. At other times, you might see them in the cockpit of their airplane.

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