Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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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!

10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

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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

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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.

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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4 Cities That Will Change Your Perception of the Midwest

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From James Beard-nominated chefs in Ferndale, Michigan, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to historic theaters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Hutchinson, Kansas, the culture and entertainment options of some of its smaller cities are challenging preconceived notions of Midwestern life and putting to rest the notion that this part of America is “flyover country.”.

Milwaukee Surges into the Future with New Development

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Currently under construction and with stunning views of Lake Michigan, the 220-room Westin Milwaukee is scheduled to open in July 2017. Discovery World with its outdoor amphitheater and panoramic view of Lake Michigan, along with Potawatomi Hotel and Casino with its 60,000 sq. Milwaukee looks ahead to striking changes to its cityscape in the next five years.

Your Guide to the Ann Arbor Art Fair 2017

Message Blocks

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.

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.

5 Smart Moves at Kimpton, Miraval, Hilton and More

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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.

5 up-and-coming artists to watch at SXSW


March 1, 2017 - Every March, hundreds of artists from all over the world come to SXSW, hoping to capture the attention of the thousands of music industry professionals and fans in attendance.

4 Smart Moves at AHC+Hospitality, Hilton and More

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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.

What Will the Future of Lodging Look Like?

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professor at Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business, about how the lodging sector performed in 2017, what he expects for 2018, and the one trend business event organizers should keep an eye on: . We talked to A.J. Singh, Ph.D.,

What Will the Future of Lodging Look Like?

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professor at Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business, about how the lodging sector performed in 2017, what he expects for 2018, and the one trend business event organizers should keep an eye on: . We talked to A.J. Singh, Ph.D.,

Top Historic Hotels Feature Memorable Meeting Venues

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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.

AVIXA’s Heidi A. Voorhees on Thinking Differently

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EDUCATION Bachelor of arts, majoring in commercial recreation/business, Central Michigan University; master of business administration, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Heidi A. Voorhees, CAE.

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New & Renovated: Better the Second Time Around

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

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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.

What You Call What You Do

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Susan Fenters Lerch, former CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, let her 31-person staff create their own titles several years ago after attending a Disney Institute seminar on the topic.

Cheers to Brew Pubs and Their Spaces!

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At Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, groups can experience one of America’s top craft breweries by renting the Centennial Room or enjoying the fresh Michigan air on the outdoor patio. Photo from Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.

71 Airports May Be Affected by Possible Laptop Ban Expansion

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On May 30, a JetBlue Airways flight bound for San Francisco was safely diverted to Michigan because of a lithium battery fire from a passenger laptop in the airplane cabin.

How to Tackle Big Issues at Small Meetings

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The mission of the bucolic 36-acre retreat and conference center near Lake Michigan in Racine, Wisconsin, is, Dower said, “to utilize Wingspread as a place for the right people to deal with big issues in a small-group fashion.”. Wingspread was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936.

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6 Striking Bowling Alleys for Events

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With locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.,

The Future of Business Events

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a professor at Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business. Take a glance at this year’s Meetings Industry Forecast, and you’ll see the future looks bright for business events. Exhibitions will continue to grow, perhaps by up to 3 percent next year.

20 Best and Worst Airports in America

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Detroit Metro, Michigan (DTW). JFK International Airport, New York. What airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations? Which have the shortest security lines? Which are the easiest to get to from the city center?

Event Trend: Unique Outdoor Venues

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Double JJ Resort – Rothbury, Michigan. If you are an event planner, you know that outdoor events and festivals have been, and continue to be increasingly popular venues choices. This is why we included unique outdoor venues in our 2018 event trends.

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The 25 Healthiest American Cities to Meet In

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– While none of the nation’s largest metropolises (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami or Las Vegas) made the list, many mid-size cities such as Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Lawrence, Kansas did. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Are You Vetting Your Speakers for Inappropriate Actions?

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Nancy Lauterbach, co-founder of Michigan-based RedPropeller Speakers Bureau, stresses the importance of doing due diligence on everything from accusations of sexual or other misconduct to inappropriate social media activity.

The Meeting That Used a Ton of Rice — Really

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Like many culinary professionals, master chef Josef Huber — who oversees culinary operations for five hotels in Grand Rapids, Michigan — has learned to adjust to evolving food preferences and restrictions, from vegetarianism and gluten intolerance to shellfish allergies or aversion to pork.

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Artists of Assembly: 2017 40 Under 40

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Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. Event professionals are the ultimate puzzle solvers. To most, the idea of putting together a set of dates, a venue, a program, a speaker lineup, an education schedule, food and beverage orders, audiovisual packages, marketing materials and more is overwhelming, to say the least. Then there’s the whole part about actually getting people to attend.

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Raise a Glass to 7 Great Wine Cellar Meeting Spaces

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This casual and inviting private dining and meeting space holds up to 20 and is located within the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Steve Heitzner Finds His Match at Marriott

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Tennis is as much a part of the former NCAA Division 1 tennis athlete now as it was in his days at Michigan State University. Steve Heitzner might have been a household name alongside Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg and Andre Agassi. That is if a little hotel company called Marriott had not come calling about three decades ago.

Interviews with Planners - Greg Jenkins


Jenkins holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communications and a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising, both from Michigan State University.

Celebrating Oktoberfest in the U.S.

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A post shared by Michigan's Little Bavaria (@frankenmuth) on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:06pm PDT. Frankenmuth is also known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria, as it was first founded as a Bavarian mission colony for Lutherans in 1845. Strap on your lederhosen and fill up your beer boots—Oktoberfest has officially arrived! Since the event started in early 19th century Munich, Oktoberfest has exploded into the world’s biggest “people’s festival,” or Volksfest.

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How Will Automated Transport Impact the Meetings Industry?

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The company plans for a full-scale launch of the automated taxis in Singapore in 2018, and is also testing out its proprietary technology with the help of automotive partners in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the U.K.

City Guide – Chicago


Here are some alternative options, just in case: Just a short cab ride away from McCormick Place is the stunning Blackstone Hotel , a 1910 beaux arts building across the street from Grant Park with incredible views of Lake Michigan.

Will Your Next Meeting Be Inside a Wine Cellar?

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The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a wine room that seats 20 people for events that pair casual bites with wines from Wolfgang Puck’s private label. From the outside, the barrel room at the Gallo of Sonoma winery looks like an enormous bunker.

How to Increase Revenue at Your University with Events

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As David Eisler, president of Ferris State University in Michigan, states in an article evaluating the evolving university business model, “Being an effective and respected community partner is very important in the new environment.”

How To Take Command of Your Next 90 Days

Event Planning BluePrint

We’ve got someone from Nigeria, someone from the Dominican who now lives in Michigan. Do you have trouble with procrastination or following through on tasks until they’re done? Do you wonder how your big vision or dream actually comes to fruition?

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Using Technology to Make Philanthropy More Personal

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In Michigan, the Detroit Bus Company is a biodiesel-bus system with a unique model: For every ticket sold, the company donates a free ride to a child in need, helping kids go to school or to after-school programs.