Experience Grand Rapids names board officers and members, expands Diversity Advisory Committee

The Experience Grand Rapids board of directors elected new officers and members to lead the organization for the next two years.

Grand Rapids’ Hotel District merges with City Center Business Group

The city of Grand Rapids’ Hotel District partnered with the Center City Business Group to launch the Hotel District – Business Association.

MDHHS launches pilot Travel Points Testing at welcome centers, airports

In an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Transportation and select Michigan airports are piloting a Travel Points Testing program this spring, bringing antigen COVID-19 testing to locations with high volumes of travel.

Ford airport earns accreditation for outbreak prevention

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport became the first airport in Michigan to earn a Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation status from the ISSA, a worldwide cleaning industry association.

Remodeled Holland hotel opening in June

Hope College’s Haworth Hotel is scheduled to open June 16.

Grand Rapids, Spin start community pass program

The city of Grand Rapids and Spin are launching Spin Community Pass in Grand Rapids.

Tapestry Collection by Hilton adds Holland hotel

The CityFlatsHotel in Holland is now officially a part of the Tapestry Collection, which is owned by Hilton.

Dog-friendly Morton Hotel to open in downtown Grand Rapids

AHC Hospitality will open its newly renovated Morton Hotel on Monday in downtown Grand Rapids.

Kent County hotels offer staycation deals

Experience Grand Rapids is partnering with Kent County-area hotels to provide staycation deals to revive the tourism and hospitality sector of the local economy that suffered under the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residence Inn hotel opens at 10 Ionia building

The Hinman Company announced the opening of the 147-suite Residence Inn by Marriott at the Flat Iron Building in downtown Grand Rapids.

Jhaelynn Elam named to inaugural class of Forbes Next 1000

The owner of a travel agency that funds a nonprofit benefiting students of color who want to study abroad was included on Forbes’ first list of 1,000 innovative small business owners.

Ford Airport named MDOT’s Airport of the Year

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport was named the Airport of the Year in the air carrier category by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics.

State looks to improve migrant farm labor housing

Some West Michigan agricultural leaders were recently appointed to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Migrant Labor Housing Advisory Board.

Kent County commissioner joins Ford airport board of directors

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority named Kent County Commissioner Emily Brieve to its board of directors.

GVSU students help struggling CVBs with travel research

The Michigan tourism and hospitality industry has been reeling from the effects of the pandemic.

JW Marriott opens Domes on the Dek

A luxury hotel in downtown Grand Rapids is now offering a personalized dining experience on its outdoor deck next to the Grand River.

Experience Grand Rapids vice president elected to state board

Experience Grand Rapids Senior Vice President Janet Korn was elected to serve as president of the Michigan Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus' board of directors by its members this year.
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Holding company buys Lake Michigan car ferry SS Badger

LUDINGTON — A coal-fired ferry that carries people and cars across Lake Michigan between Michigan and Wisconsin has been sold.

Downtown hotel earns top marks for care and cleanliness

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown hotel achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation — the gold standard for prepared facilities.

Inside Track: Small sells GR with a passion

Douglas Small’s job is to sell Grand Rapids to the rest of the world.

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