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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.

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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