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    Exploring ArtPrize Nine displays.

    <p>Exploring ArtPrize Nine displays.</p>
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    John Markham, Advance 360.

    <p>John Markham, Advance 360.</p>
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    Kathy Burress, White Lake CVB.

    <p>Kathy Burress, White Lake CVB.</p>
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    Jack Johnson, Destinations International, and Linda Hoath, Sault Ste. Marie CVB.

    <p>Jack Johnson, Destinations International, and Linda Hoath, Sault Ste. Marie CVB.</p>
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    Amy VanLoon, White Lake CVB.

    <p>Amy VanLoon, White Lake CVB.</p>
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    Visiting ArtPrize exhibits.

    <p>Visiting ArtPrize exhibits.</p>
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    Guest auctioneer Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island CVB.

    <p>Guest auctioneer Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island CVB.</p>
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    Jennifer Cronkhite, Experience Jackson, at ArtPrize. 

    <p>Jennifer Cronkhite, Experience Jackson, at ArtPrize.&nbsp;</p>

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.

Michigan’s top CVBs welcome groups to their communities with open arms.

 

Lots of meetings, fresh ideas, flexibility and a dedicated team are all required to pull off the best. 

 

The Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) celebrated its annual holiday party at The Whiskey Factory in Detroit with a strolling dinner, music, gift card balloon pop and membership awards. More than 125 members enjoyed the event sponsored by AVL Creative, Chair Covers & Linens, Creative Specialties, The Display Group, Rock Out Entertainment, ShutterBooth, Viviano Flower Shop, BTW Photography and The Whiskey Factory.