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.

And then, from one meetings-and-events destination to another, Frontier Airlines earlier this year introduced regular direct flights between Orlando, Florida, and Grand Rapids. 

That’s in addition to the $17 million in renovations at the complex, including upgrades in space, retail, food and beverage, restrooms, amenities, and customer service offerings. A new, consolidated passenger security checkpoint centralized and combined security screening to one main checkpoint. Michigan Meetings + Events reported about that activity in the Spring 2018 issue.

Phase two of the project will begin in the fall with improvements at the airline ticket counters, baggage claim area and elsewhere. 

All of this makes it easier and more convenient for meeting and event attendees and planners to get to and from inviting sunset side venues and destinations.

“As we continue to grow in traffic it is imperative that our facilities keep up with our passenger demand. Our passengers keep coming back because we listen to their wants and needs. Our 2020 Vision is to hit the three million passenger mark,” says GFIA President and CEO Jim Gill.

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) traditionally unveils its latest marketing plan, which includes departmental objectives and strategies, during its annual membership meeting every January. This year’s event at MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board drew hundreds to hear the bureau’s recap of 2017, projections for the future and new ads.

Its next-generation ad campaign, themed Detroit: It’s Go Time, now appears in a variety of offline and online media in key markets, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Indianapolis.

 

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