Recreation, travel, transportation and lodging


H-2B hospitality workers in limbo for summer season

Some are here with no work while others wait in their homelands for clearance to come here.

Allegiant providing health and safety kits for passengers

Allegiant Air will provide complimentary health and safety kits to all of its consumers, which include a single-use face mask, a pair of disposable nonlatex gloves and cleaning wipes, starting this week.

Airport board adds new member

The Kent County Board of Commissioners appointed Peter Beukema to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport board to fill a vacant term that expires December 2020.

Report tracks ‘devastation’ of state’s hospitality industry

A statewide association has published survey data showing the “devastating” effect of the coronavirus on the hospitality industry and is endorsing a national organization’s proposed multi-step solution to save the industry.

Health care leaders stress cooperation when region reopens

The West Michigan Policy Forum recently hosted a webinar for area health care experts to share their best practices for slowly and safely reopening Michigan.
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Freight company rolls through trucking recession

The trucking industry has experienced a wave of ups and downs during the last two years, but despite that, one freight company has been weathering the storm.

AHC+Hospitality modifies hotel operations, furloughs 1,000 employees

A hotel management group consolidated all hotel services to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to combat COVID-19.

Van Andel, DeVos families to pay AHC+Hospitality staff for April

Grand Rapids’ two wealthiest families will continue to pay employees during the COVID-19 shutdown.Amidst the growing pandemic and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order for...

Walker mayor praises rebound

(As seen on WZZM 13 TV) The city of Walker is zeroing in on many of the same challenges Grand Rapids is facing, according...

Nonstop flight service to Milwaukee on hold

The airline that said it would begin nonstop flights from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Milwaukee has hit a roadblock in its...

Governor recognizes local hospitality training program

Several partners were recognized for a new hospitality training program.Experience Grand Rapids won one of two 2020 Governor’s Awards for Innovative Tourism Collaboration for...

Company names food and beverage lead for downtown hotels

A new executive has been named to oversee food and beverage operations for five hotels downtown.AHC+Hospitality said it has promoted Darin Jemison to regional...

John Ball Zoo takes holistic approach to sustainability

In addition to participating in field conservation projects and a cooperative species survival plan, the team at John Ball Zoo engages daily in caring...

Inside Track: A man of many skills

As an entrepreneur, Kris Mathis said the hardest thing he has ever done in his career was to believe.The Grand Rapids native has carved...

Kent hotels see revenue growth for 10th consecutive year

Kent County hotels saw revenue growth in 2019 for the tenth consecutive year.Hotels in the county brought in $226 million in revenue last year,...

Airport sets annual passenger record

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has broken its annual passenger record for the seventh consecutive year.In 2019, 3,587,767 passengers flew in and out...

Suburb named third ‘best’ place to live in Michigan

East Grand Rapids was named the third “best” place to live in Michigan for 2020.The company HomeSnacks ranked the top 10 best places to...

Entrepreneur carves out a wine niche in Beer City

Greater Grand Rapids has become synonymous with beer over the past several years. But Kris Mathis wants people to know Grand Rapids not only for...

Ford Airport adds board member

A new member joined the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority board.Doug Small, president and CEO of Experience Grand Rapids, joined the seven-member airport...

Ford Airport adds three nonstop flights

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is adding nonstop flights to three new destinations.Allegiant Airlines will begin seasonal service this year to Los Angeles,...

City preps for Beer Week

A West Michigan beer festival is toasting a decade of craft beer culture.Kalamazoo Beer Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with a...

Chamber names Ambassador of the Year

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce has selected its Ambassador of the Year.The chamber’s 2019 selection is Candy Wilkes-Scheper, owner of Afterthemove, which assists...

FBO facility underway at airport

An aviation support services company is in the middle of constructing its new fixed-based operations facility at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.Ann Arbor-based...

State board recommends $300K for Grand River Greenway

A state board has proposed a $300,000 grant that would go toward an Ottawa County trail project.The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) board...

Downtown hosts NYE ball drop

Ring in 2020 with Grand Rapids’ own New Year’s Eve celebration.Downtown Grand Rapids will play host to the Grand Rapids Ball Drop on Monroe...