Recreation, travel, transportation and lodging


Ford airport breaks ground on phase one of federal inspection station

Gerald R. Ford International Airport entered phase one of its goal to welcome nonstop international commercial passenger flights.

Downtown hotel opens at Studio Park

The long-awaited Canopy by Hilton hotel at Studio Park is ready to welcome guests to downtown Grand Rapids.

Ford airport unveils new mural

A new, 80-foot mural by Reb Roberts is on display inside the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Vacation rentals withstand pandemic

While much of the hospitality industry has been reeling from the effects of the pandemic, there is one small segment that is quickly rebounding.

Ford airport becomes first test site for UV autonomous robot

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the first airport in the country to test a new autonomous robot that disinfects using ultraviolet technology.

Amway Hotel Corporation to lay off 580 employees

The Amway Hotel Corporation will be laying off 580 of its employees due to COVID-19.

Visa suspensions put employers in a bind

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Some companies and businesses that have relied on foreign workers are feeling the impact of a sudden decision that President Donald Trump and his administration made to halt the approval of visas for people outside the U.S. for the remainder of the year.

Airport introduces campaign to educate air travelers about safety measures

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport will look a little different to travelers who are taking to the skies again.

Grand Rapids intersection lands at No. 8 on list of most dangerous intersections in...

Michigan Auto Law posted its annual list of the state’s most dangerous intersections based on police car accident report data for 2019.

AHC Hospitality reopening downtown properties (update)

A local hotel management company began to reopen some of its downtown properties as the state eases back on COVID-19 restrictions.

Grand Rapids-Chicago Amtrak trains resume next week

Amtrak’s daily Pere Marquette round-trip trains between Chicago and Grand Rapids will resume after a four-month hiatus due to COVID-19.

Airport struggles with passenger counts

(As ssen on WZZM TV 13) It may take years for Gerald R. Ford International Airport to return to its glory days.

Hospitality association provides guidance for safe reintegration

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association published a guide to help hoteliers navigate lodging reintegration.

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...