Greater Lansing CVB & Sports Authority Announce Award Winners

  • Greater Lansing CVB & Sports Authority Announce Award Winners

     
    POSTED March 20, 2019
     

    Photo courtesy Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Photo courtesy Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) met with the Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) on March 13 to announce good news for the local economy and present awards to several honorees throughout the Greater Lansing area.

“The Greater Lansing community experienced another very strong year,” said Jack Schripsema, president and CEO of the GLCVB. “For the eighth consecutive year, the GLCVB destination sales department exceeded its room night goal, the Greater Lansing Sports Authority once again broke the century mark for events hosted and the region saw an overall hotel room demand increase compared to the previous year.

The region reported an occupancy rate of 62.8 percent in 2018, and hotel room demand increased to more than 1,037,000 hotel room nights, according to Smith Travel Research (STR) data. The Greater Lansing area also experienced an increase in cost per rented hotel room in 2018.

The GLCVB and GLSA also honored community members for helping secure and advocate for group business in the Greater Lansing area. Honorees included Sean Kottke, Samantha Stevens, Keturah Bouyer, Christina DeJong, Josh Ressio, Caitlyn Vermiglio, Elyse Packard, Dr. Chinwe Effiong and Alexandra Jarvis. John and Barb Rossi were recognized as the CTA Stars of the Year by the GLCVB.

The GLSA also recognized the Capital City Crushers as Sport Partner of the Year and Michigan Youth Challenge Academy as Volunteer of the Year. 

As of August 2019, Detroit’s renowned convention center is officially renamed the TCF Center

The change came in the form of an unprecedented 22-year naming rights deal that will set the venue for financial success in the future, as well as a move toward becoming a self-sustaining facility by 2024.  

 
In July, Chris Heeter, The Wild Institute and thousands of fans had to say goodbye to beloved speaker dog Tuu Weh.

With her fists closed tightly, Chris Heeter let her hands drop lightly to her sides, opening her palms widely and wildly. And with that small, simple motion, Heeter was unknowingly opening not just her hands, but her heart to a presence that would change her life as well as thousands of others.

 

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.