Recreation, travel, transportation and lodging


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.

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.

Grand Action 2.0 reveals study results

The economic development group Grand Action 2.0 recently unveiled the results of a commissioned Venue & Attraction study, bringing Grand Rapids one step closer to becoming a destination for more events and tourism.

Ford Airport serves as COVID-19 testing site

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is one of the first airports in the nation to serve as a COVID-19 testing site.

Camping resort offers primitive living

Just off of U.S. 131, away from the din of rubber on concrete, a group of local developers are taking steps to transform a 45-acre property in Rockford into an off-the-grid camping experience where visitors can unplug from technology and reconnect with the outdoors.

Study expects 46% fewer travelers this Thanksgiving

Fewer people will be traveling this Thanksgiving, according to a study by GasBuddy.

Allegiant adds two nonstop flights from Grand Rapids

Allegiant Air will be offering additional nonstop flights from Grand Rapids to two east coast destinations.

Survey: 7 out of 10 Americans unlikely to travel for holidays

This new wave of COVID-19 cases is expected to impact the hospitality industry this holiday season.

Report: Grand Rapids ranks among top 25 convention cities

Grand Rapids was one of three cities in the Midwest, and one of 166 nationwide to be ranked in the Top 25 Convention Cities For 2020.

‘Airbnb for parking’ opens to city users

A Miami-based startup is helping Grand Rapids residents and businesses pocket extra cash by renting out their parking spaces.

Zoo named ‘Sustainable Business of the Year’

John Ball Zoo was named the 2020 West Michigan Sustainable Business of the Year by the members of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF).

Airport unveils former president Ford statue

A statue of former president Gerald R. Ford was unveiled at Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Thursday.

Inside Track: Ford Airport leader leans on experience

Tory Richardson is leading Gerald R. Ford International Airport during an unprecedented time.

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.