• AAA Four Diamond Hotels and Restaurants Recognized During Michigan’s Tourism Conference

     
    POSTED April 4, 2018
     

    This concierge floor room at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second largest city, features views of the Grand River and the downtown campus of Grand Valley State University.

AAA Michigan presented its Four Diamond Awards at a luncheon on March 28 during the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The event, this year at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, is a tradition at the tourism gathering.

Eighteen hotels and five restaurants earned Four Diamond honors this year.

Hotel winners, with the year they first earned the awards, are:

  • Firekeepers Casino (2015), Battle Creek
  • The Townsend Hotel (1988), Birmingham
  • The Dearborn Inn, (2003), Dearborn
  • The Henry, Autograph Collection (1989), Dearborn
  • Greektown Casino Hotel (2016), Detroit
  • MGM Grand Detroit (2008), Detroit
  • MotorCity Casino Hotel (2009), Detroit
  • The Westin Book Cadillac (2010), Detroit
  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (1985), Grand Rapids
  • JW Marriott Grand Rapids (2007), Grand Rapids
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites (2012), Kalamazoo
  • Grand Hotel (1994), Mackinac Island
  • The H Hotel (2013), Midland
  • Four Winds Casino Hotel (2017), New Buffalo
  • The Inn at St. John’s (2011), Plymouth
  • Royal Park Hotel (2006), Rochester
  • Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport (2003), Romulus
  • Hotel Walloon (2016), Walloon Lake

Restaurant honorees, with the year they first earned the awards, are:

  • Rugby Grille (2001), Townsend Hotel, Birmingham
  • Iridescence Restaurant (2001), MotorCity Casino, Detroit
  • Café Cortina (2003), Farmington Hills
  • Cygnus 27 (2004), Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
  • Marais (2014), Grosse Pointe

Congratulations to the winners.

If Michigan were performing like a top 10 state today, there would be:

  • 34,000 more Michigan people working
  • $9,500 more income per person
  • $11,700 more GDP per person

That’s the latest assessment from Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) in its fact-based report on Michigan’s economic competitiveness relative to other states. The 2017 version of this study contains important findings for the meetings and events industry and small business owners.

 

Naming rights for event venues is big business, even for smaller facilities as the new sign on the former Birch Run Expo Center reveals.

Effective Dec. 22, 2017, the Frankenmuth Credit Union partnered with the Grand Rapids-based GVB Development Group to rename the Birch Run Expo Center located along I-75 near the Premium Outlets mall.

 

Steelcase launched a 10-year sponsorship at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport this fall to design new two business centers and two work-life lounges in each concourse for travelers. 

The four new spaces are part of a multi-year, two-phase $45-million Gateway Transformation project at the Grand Rapids airport.