• Governor Whitmer Commends Michiganders Exploring Michigan

    POSTED May 4, 2022
    Photo credit: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Speaking at this year’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which took place on April 19-21 at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Governor Gretchen Whitmer had a clear message: the citizens of Michigan play a key role in supporting the state’s tourism industry. 

“Over the past couple of years, Michiganders visited our parks and destination towns in historic numbers. This allowed families to continue enjoying and exploring Pure Michigan and supporting regional economies, and it was only possible thanks to all of the experts in the travel industry,” the governor said. “With warmer weather around the corner, I’m looking forward to another unforgettable Pure Michigan summer. I hope every Michigander has an opportunity to experience the resilience and beauty of our incredible state firsthand – visiting our majestic parks and public lands while supporting the travel industry and local economies in every region.”

Exhibitors at Huntington Place, Detroit’s newly renamed convention center, will be interacting with a new electric service provider, beginning April 1st.  Karen Totaro, general manager for ASM Global and Huntington Place, has announced Freeman as Huntington’s exclusive electric service provider.


Destination Ann Arbor will hold its 2022 virtual Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 6, from 11:00 a.m.-noon.  The meeting will feature an address by Adam Sacks, founder and president of Tourism Economics, a company dedicated to understanding the relationship between travel and the economy. For more than 25 years, Sacks has worked with destinations, industry associations, and companies around the world to deliver market assessments, forecast scenarios, policy evaluations and economic impact studies.


In early March, Meeting Professionals International released a statement regarding the invasion of Ukraine: 

“In a show of support for the people of Ukraine, MPI will immediately suspend business with all companies in Russia. In addition, any plans to formalize a chapter in Russia will be paused….We remain concerned for the well-being of our community and our MPI members in Russia and Ukraine who were already seeking to climb out of the shadow of this pandemic and are now experiencing these unprecedented challenges.”