Get Interactive with This New Travel Tech Platform


Collaborations with destination brands, including Pure Michigan , Louisiana Travel , Explore Edmonton , Daytona Beach and Visit Saint Paul , have proved successful so far, with these brands having reported seeing a 68 percent average interaction rate with Clicktivated’s technology.

Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day


Michigan: Cherry Pie. A tradition since 1926, the National Cherry Festival takes place each summer in Traverse City, Michigan, where you can learn to make cherry pie or participate in a pie-eating contest. Bring your ap-PIE-tite to meetings today!

Crowne Plaza Receives Patent for ‘Guest Room of the Future’

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Photo credit: InterContinental Hotels Gr (IHG). Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has received a patent for its “guest room of the future ,” which is designed to help meeting professionals and other business travelers enhance their productivity in a space that fits their lifestyle.

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Train Stations Blend History and Art to Make Unique Events Venues

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In Detroit, Ford Motor Company recently purchased long-abandoned Michigan Central Station, announcing plans to turn it into a new tech campus and a beacon of promise and commerce for its Corktown neighborhood. Pulling into St.

10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.


Grand Hotel — Mackinac Island, Michigan. The popularity of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton has made history cooler than ever.

Find Your Mid-American Live Music Hot Spot


Meeting Planning band belt chicago city corn cornfields detroit illinois indiana indianapolis kansas kansas city live live band live music madison Michigan mid-america middle midwest milwaukee minneapolis minnesota missouri peoria rust st.

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Shared Meeting Spaces Suit Remote Workforce

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In Michigan, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has opened a Work Café for its members. As home-based and remote work increase in the United States, traditional business organizations are meeting a rising need for non-traditional workspaces.

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College and Universities That Prove the Midwest is Best

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Michigan is another popular Midwest destination with the miraculous beauty of all four seasons, top-notch professional and collegiate sports teams, and historic attractions harkening back to the dawn of the automotive industry and the Motown music scene. Central Michigan University.

How Legal Cannabis is Impacting Events


Most recently, during America's midterm elections earlier this month, four states has cannabis-related bills on the ballot, with Michigan becoming the latest state to vote in favor of legalized recreational use.

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Driving engagement through gamification- Poken at NOAC

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The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) held in August 2015 at Michigan State University was the 100-year anniversary event with over 15,000 Scouts in attendance.

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Event Farm Hits the Road: Tour D'States 2016

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Michigan Avenue, 3rd floor. Good morning from Chicago! Today we're kicking off our first roadshow series, Tour D'States 2016.

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Midwest Breweries with Meeting Space on Tap

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While Milwaukee gets a lot of the credit when it comes to Midwest breweries, cities in Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio shouldn’t be overlooked. Not only are breweries known for their handcrafted suds, many are also hot spots for groups looking for something beyond the hotel boardroom or ballroom. . Surly Brewing Co. City: Minneapolis. Signature beer: Furious. Event spaces: 2,200-sq.-ft. Scheid Hall and a 400-sq.-ft. boardroom.

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Learning Unplugged


lecturer in the psychology department at the University of Michigan. How 4 college professors get phones out of the classroom Could their ideas work for your meetings? Every 12 minutes.

Are You Leveraging the Most Powerful—and Overlooked—Resources in Events?


Don Welsh: Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) have been playing a critical role in meetings since the first bureau was formed in 1896 in Detroit, Michigan. 5 tips on tapping CVBs for the assist from Destinations International CEO Don Welsh.

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7 Smart Moves—at Hilton, Teneo Hospitality Group and More

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He was most recently general manager of Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan. Nicholas Remes AHC&Hospitality and JW Marriott Grand Rapids in Michigan promoted Nicholas Remes from assistant general manager to general manager.

RFP Doesn’t Have to Mean Really Frustrating Process

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He is a graduate of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University and currently serves on its Alumni Board of Directors, where he mentors students as they prepare to enter the workplace. Register for RFP Doesn’t Have to Mean Really Frustrating Process.

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Chicago Off the Clock

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Plan a gala at the sprawling Chicago Cultural Center and your guests will enjoy easy access to the iconic Millennium Park, located right across Michigan Avenue from the stately venue. The city’s vibrant neighborhoods offer so much more than just a place to do business.

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Planning The Audience Experience And PR For Your Events


Tourism: Travel Michigan, Greater State Street Council (Chicago). Andy Perez, a Los Angeles based marketing and public relations consultant who has created more than 1,000 events in his career joins EPN and Event TALK.

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First Class: Meet the Inaugural 15 Over 50

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Grand Rapids, Michigan. Connect Association is proud to present our inaugural class of 15 Over 50. These individuals are leaders, mentors and stars who moved the events industry forward for decades. We are proud to salute their first-class efforts. . David Bradley. Vice President, Sales and Services. Shreveport-Bossier CVB. Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana. Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE. Executive Vice President & COO , International Association of Exhibitions and Events.

Top Historic Hotels Feature Memorable Meeting Venues


Grand Hotel Mackinac Island in Michigan has its two-story own conference center that offers 16,000 sq. Grand Hotel Mackinac Island , Michigan. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs.

Something for Everyone in Chicago

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If your guests are longing for some sun, they will find plenty of it along Chicago’s 26-mile-long stretch of shoreline along Lake Michigan. Welcome to the city that feels like home—no matter where you’re from.

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2019 15 Over 50: Mary Manier, CTA

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Mary Manier, CTA, works in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as d irector of sales at Experience Grand Rapids. As a 2019 15 Over 50 honoree, Manier discusses her passion for the events industry. What I do: As an expert on all that Grand Rapids has to offer, I match up unique requirements and preferences with the perfect venue and hotel solution. I listen closely to meeting planner needs. I love showing Grand Rapids to planners who have never visited.

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Get to Know Chicago’s McCormick Place

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Perched near the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago’s sprawling McCormick Place is the anchor of one of the city’s most up-and-coming communities. The largest convention center in the Western hemisphere is a state-of-the-art venue with a lot of personality. Offering a staggering 2.6

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2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

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Michigan Realtors. Lansing, Michigan. While these event professionals you will learn more about are young, there is much everyone in the industry can learn from them. They are proactively changing the world for the better through conference, meetings and other events. No wonder they are worthy members of the 2018 40 Under 40. Meet the next generation of leaders, these “Class Acts.” Learn how they got here and imagine where they, our industry and our world are going. Melinda Borucki.

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Meet Mary Manier, 35-Year Vet With Experience Grand Rapids

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It’s no surprise, given she was born and raised in the Michigan city and has been with the same organization for the past 35 years. We are 25 minutes from Lake Michigan and our side of the lake, we have beautiful white, sandy beaches.

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Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals Makes Strides

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28-30, in Grand Rapids, Michigan—a destination Bruce holds dearly. Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals Founder and Executive Director David Bruce enjoyed his public fight with Marriott International over third-party planners’ commissions.

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“Nuggetize” Content to Get the Most from Learners


Next Up: A University of Michigan professor makes the case against phones in the meeting room. Today's college students benefit content delivered in chunks that are 10 minutes or shorter, says Paul Lipsky, MFA, Five Towns College. Would that work for your attendees, too?

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5 Smart Moves at Kimpton, Miraval, Hilton and More


Gergely Seregi The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck, located within Amway Grand Plaza, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, named Gergely Seregi as executive chef. Kristina Schreck Ohio native Kristina Schreck was named director of catering at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, in San Diego.

Convention and Visitors Bureaus For Your Event

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In the Chicagoland area, for example, planners can opt to work with Chicago’s North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is an area bordering the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan with venues catering from 20 to 1,000 guests.

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4 Smart Moves at AHC+Hospitality, Hilton and More


Ashley Savransky AHC+Hospitality in Grand Rapids, Michigan, appointed Ashley Savransky marketing coordinator. Savransky will work in collaboration with the marketing team for the brand’s properties in the U.S. and internationally. AHC+Hospitality. Kevin F.

Community Activities Build Connections Among Conference Participants

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Detroit, Michigan 3,000 attendees. Lincoln Street Art Park is home to sculptures, murals, and shipping container classrooms. Sustainable Brands conference participants volunteered time to work at the park. Photos courtesy of Sustainable Brands). Best in Show 2019: Sustainable Brands.

20 Detroit Event Venues That Your Attendees Will Love


It became a city in 1815 and was a focal point of Michigan from its beginning. The Detroit Institute of Arts is home to incredible works of art and can be of the premier event venues in Michigan. Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theatre.

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Your Guide to the Ann Arbor Art Fair 2017

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The Street Art Fair, the Original takes place on the streets surrounding the historic Burton Carillon Tower and the tree-lined central campus of the University of Michigan.

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New & Renovated: In the Heart of the City

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Hotel Julian, Chicago Bringing renewed life to a previously neglected building on Chicago’s Michigan Ave, this new property is infused with the best flavors of Chicago, and aims to blend modern design and energy with warmth and hospitality.

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ILEA Detroit: 1st Annual Summer Bash!

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Outside on the balcony giant sized games of Jenga and Connect Four were set up inviting you to enjoy the beautiful Michigan summer weather. On Wednesday our CEO, Len and the marketing team attended ILEA Detroit’s 1st annual Summer Bash.

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The 12 Different Types of Events Venues


Event pick: Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks Michigan has an eye for handcrafted beauty, with original, 1800s maple factory floors, reclaimed barn wood, and loads of charm. So, you're planning an event, but you don't know where to start.

14 Can’t Miss Chicago Attractions for Business Travelers

PCMA Convene

Start your day on Michigan Avenue at Fairgrounds (12 S. Michigan Ave.), Michigan Ave.,

Chicago Hotel Employees Walk Out

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Properties affected by the strike include Hyatt Regency Chicago, JW Marriott Chicago, Sheraton Grand Chicago and Hilton Chicago Michigan Avenue. Thousands of downtown Chicago hotel workers went on strike Friday morning after contracts expired at 25 downtown convention and boutique hotels.

Detroit Reinventing Itself While Sticking Close to Motor City Roots

PCMA Convene

It made sense, considering that Michigan’s largest city has made headlines for its population decline, bankruptcy, a jailed former mayor, and the struggles of the U.S. Originally from Michigan, she returned to her home state from Chicago to help open the Foundation’s doors.

Most Fun Cities in the U.S.? Read On!


74, barely beating out Grand Rapids, Michigan? Fun is risky business. That’s because what floats your boat may sink someone else’s. Nonetheless, the uber-quants at WalletHub have taken a stab at crunching the “fun” numbers—by comparing the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics.

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