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Grand Rapids Airport Enjoys Another Record Year

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.

Break the Ice by Moving Beyond Traditional Group Activities

From philanthropy workshops to glow-in-the-dark yoga, planners are moving to more meaningful ways to interact.

Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

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. 

Meet Randi Talmage

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Randi Talmage was recently hired as sales manager at JW Marriott Grand Rapids.

1. How did you get into the industry? 

After 20 Years, Bob Snyders Retires From Experience Grand Rapids

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.

JW Marriott Launches Wellness Menu

The JW Marriott Grand Rapids is taking an active approach to New Year’s resolutions with a new Wellness Break Menu, offering activities such as yoga, kickboxing and more.

The idea was inspired by a recent study of Fortune 100 companies that found employees’ overall well-being translates to improved productivity and increased likelihood of staying with their company for more than one year. The menu, which also offers light therapy and mindfulness activities, is intended to help groups increase productivity during meetings.

Corporate Sound Rebrands as Corporate Live

Formerly known as Corporate Sound in Grand Rapids, Mich., Corporate Live is completely rebranding to emphasize its audio, video, lighting and rigging resources that make them the go-to company that creates memorable events for companies, universities and other organizations.

Setting the Stage for Sponsorship Renewals

Q: Sponsor revenue for our meeting is declining. How can we help sponsors justify their investments and set the stage for renewal discussions? A: Post-event fulfillment reports consistently rank at the top of sponsors’ lists of the most valuable services provided by conference hosts. Indeed, according to the 2012 IEG/Performance Research Sponsorship Decision-Makers Survey, fulfillment reports tie audience research as the most important service provided by conference hosts.

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