Michigan M+E Best of 2018 Readers' Choice Award Winners (Listed)

CVBS & PLANNERS

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (Over 50,000 in Population) 

THE WINNER IS: Traverse City Tourism

Runners-up:
» Detroit Metro CVB
» Experience Grand Rapids

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (Under 50,000 in Population 

THE WINNER IS: Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau

Runners-up:
» Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
» ​Benzie County Visitors Bureau

Best Event Planner/Event Planning Company

THE WINNER IS: Emerald City Designs 

Runners-up:
» Events North
» ​Top That! Event

Best Meeting Planning Company

THE WINNER IS: Events North 

Runners-up:
» ​Special D Events
» ​Emerald City Designs

SERVICES

Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider

THE WINNER IS: Bluewater 

Runners-up:
» ​PSAV
» ​AV Squared

Best Band

THE WINNER IS: The Accidentals 

Runners-up:
» ​Three Men and a Tenor
» ​Killer Flamingos

Best Caterer (On- or Off-Site) 

THE WINNER IS: Zingerman’s Catering & Events 

Runners-up:
» ​Epoch Catering
» ​2 Unique Caterers & Event Planners 

Best Decor Provider

THE WINNER IS: Art Craft Display, Inc. 

Runners-up:
» ​Emerald City Designs
» ​Top That! Event

Best Event Rental Company

THE WINNER IS: Art Craft Display, Inc. 

Runners-up:
» ​Emerald City Designs
» ​Event Source

Best Entertainment Provider

THE WINNER IS: Black Tie Productions 

Runners-up:
» ​Mike Staff Productions
» ​2Bays DJs

Best Florist

THE WINNER IS: Blumz by JRDesigns 

Runners-up:
» ​Emerald City Designs
» ​Viviano Flower Shop

Best Photographer

THE WINNER IS: Abby Rose Photo 

Runners-up:
» ​Sarah Brown Photography
» ​Lola Grace Photography

Best Sweets Provider

THE WINNER IS: Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Runners-up:
» ​SugarHigh Bakery
» ​Bon Bon Bon

Best Transportation Company

THE WINNER IS: Metro Cars

Runners-up:
» ​Blue Lakes Charters Bus Rental
» ​Dean Transportation 

SMALL VENUES

Best Craft Brewery/Brewpub 

THE WINNER IS: Short’s Brewing Company 

Runners-up:
» ​Founders Brewing Co.
» ​Bell’s Brewery

Best Distillery

THE WINNER IS: Grand Traverse Distillery 

Runners-up:
» ​Iron Fish
» ​Ann Arbor Distilling Co.

Best Intimate Venue

THE WINNER IS: Black Star Farms 

Runners-up:
» ​Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
» ​Chateau Chantal

Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space

THE WINNER IS: Red Ginger 

Runners-up:
» ​Bavarian Inn Restaurant
» ​Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Best Rooftop

THE WINNER IS: H&L Social at Hotel Indigo Traverse City 

Runners-up:
» ​Frankenmuth Brewery
» ​The Madison

Best Winery

THE WINNER IS: Black Star Farms 

Runners-up:
» ​Chateau Chantal
» ​Leelanau Wine Cellars

LARGE VENUES

Best Casino MGM

THE WINNER IS: Grand Detroit

Runners-up:
» ​Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
» ​MotorCity Casino Hotel 

Best College/University Venue

THE WINNER IS: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University

Runners-up:
» ​University of Michigan
» ​Central Michigan University

Best Convention Center

THE WINNER IS: Cobo Center

Runners-up:
» ​The Inn at St. Johns
» ​Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Best Golf Resort

THE WINNER IS: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Runners-up:
» ​Crystal Mountain
» ​The Inn at St. John’s

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (More Than 200 Guest Rooms) 

THE WINNER IS: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Runners-up:
» ​Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
» ​Grand Hotel

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (Less Than 200 Guest Rooms) 

THE WINNER IS: The Inn at St. John’s

Runners-up:
» ​Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
» ​Hyatt Place Detroit Novi

Best Meeting/Event Venue in Detroit Metro Area

THE WINNER IS: Fox Theatre

Runners-up:
» ​The Henry Ford;
» ​Suburban Collection Showplace 

Best Meeting/Event Venue Outside Detroit Metro Area

THE WINNER IS: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Runners-up:
» ​DeVos Place
» ​Zingerman’s Greyline

Best New Venue (Dec. 2016-Dec. 2017) 

THE WINNER IS: The Detroit Foundation Hotel

Runners-up:
» ​20 Monroe Live
» ​BlueBridge Event Center 

Best Renovation

THE WINNER IS: Grand Hotel

Runners-up:
» ​The Detroit Foundation Hotel
» ​Treetops Resort

Best Service (Meeting/Event Venue)

THE WINNER IS: Crystal Mountain

Runners-up:
» ​Grand Hotel
» ​The Inn at St. John’s

Best Ski Resort

THE WINNER IS: Crystal Mountain

Runners-up:
» ​Boyne Resorts 
» ​Treetops Resort

Best Sports Venue

THE WINNER IS: Little Caesars Arena

Runners-up:
» ​Comerica Park
» ​Spartan Stadium

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.