We’ve Got Our Finalists

Thousands of you voted, and those votes have been tallied: We have our MIME Best of Awards finalists.

But you know the drill: We can tell you who the finalists are in each category, but the winners won’t be revealed until our Best of Michigan awards party on May 18.

We rolled out some new categories this year (welcome, Best Distillery, Best Convention Center and Best Renovation), and we saw some shake-ups in existing categories.

Now the excitement builds! We’re thrilled to be heading to Traverse City for the first time for our party. The people of TC are knocking themselves out to make this event spectacular, because of course they are – the same enthusiasm that built the region into a powerhouse tourism destination is being brought to bear on hosting the industry’s stars.

The party will be Thursday, May 18, at City Opera House. A rooftop party at the new Hotel Indigo (a Readers’ Choice Award finalist) will follow. So register now!

The party is always fantastic, and it’s time to return the love the Traverse City crowd has shown everyone else, traveling each year in droves to the event no matter how far away from them it was located.

So block off your calendar, start planning your partywear and get ready for an amazing night. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Cue the "Downton Abbey" music: The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham has unveiled a new private dining and event space sure to please your inner aristocrat.

The Clancy Room is a study in modern elegance, with nearly 2,000 square feet of sophisticated art deco styling, marble floors, walnutpaneled walls, Baker blown-glass chandeliers and a striking solid-wood table that seats up to 30 guests for intimate private dinners.

 

Q: Our current website is no longer meeting the needs of our internal and external audiences. I’m in the market for a web redesign, but I don’t know where to begin. Do have you any pointers?

A: Whether the site is narrowly focused on a signature event or more broadly focused on your overall organization, there are a number of steps you can take to build a successful and buzz-worthy website. Having recently undergone a significant web redesign, here are seven of my key lessons learned.

 

Michigan’s Team Lansing Foundation, along with the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau,revealed Doug Klein, CTA, executive director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce, as the 2016 Greater Lansing Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year. He received his award at the 2017 Greater Lansing CVB Annual Meeting held on Feb. 21 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing; Klein is one of more than 500 CTAs in the area.