Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Exploring ArtPrize Nine displays.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    John Markham, Advance 360.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Kathy Burress, White Lake CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Jack Johnson, Destinations International, and Linda Hoath, Sault Ste. Marie CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Amy VanLoon, White Lake CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Visiting ArtPrize exhibits.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Guest auctioneer Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Jennifer Cronkhite, Experience Jackson, at ArtPrize. 

More than 55 CEOs and professional staff members of the Michigan Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus enjoyed the inspiring sights of Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Nine during the group’s 24th annual educational conference in September.

The two-and-a-half day event, at the DoubleTree Hotel 28th Street Airport in Grand Rapids, was packed with professional content directed to destination marketing teams. It featured eight speakers and 15 vendor displays. 

The group also enjoyed two evenings exploring Grand Rapids during the peak of ArtPrize, an open, independently organized international art competition that takes place for 19 days each fall. MLive Media Group hosted a Sunday dinner at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. A tram ride of the gardens and tour of the gallery preceded dinner.

Attendees enjoyed a strolling dinner at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Monday hosted by Experience Grand Rapids. Doug Small (CEO of Experience Grand Rapids) and Christian Gaines (executive director of ArtPrize) made short presentations. After dinner, several groups of docents from Experience Grand Rapids led the MACVB guests through ArtPrize at numerous venues throughout downtown.

The 2018 conference will be at the Four Points Sheraton in Kalamazoo.

More good news for meetings and events continues to pour out of the Gerald R. Ford International (GFIA) Airport.

The airport reported an almost 6 percent increase in passengers—2,811,622 total in 2017—flying and in out of the Grand Rapids facility. That record established the best year in the airport’s 54-year history, and marked the fifth straight year of record-setting growth.

The airport saw growth in 11 of 12 months during 2017, and experienced 53 months of growth over a 60-month period.