• Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

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.

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above. 

 

“Beer City USA” mixes business and pleasure at meeting venues large and small.

Headquarters to more than 130 international companies—including such global giants as Amway, Steelcase and Herman Miller—and home to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids, ranks as a natural destination for corporate gatherings. What’s more, the city’s reputation as a center for fine and performing arts, outdoor recreation and craft beer lures plenty of leisure travelers as well.