• 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. 

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.

 

The Fields, the Midwest's first luxury glamping experience, will be opening in South Haven on June 15, with reservations available seven days a week through the last weekend of October. The 30-acre property is located 3.5 miles from the beaches of Lake Michigan and will hasve 10 rooms that can each accommodate two adults. 

 

In an unprecedented move, The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) has awarded the naming rights of Cobo Center to Chemical Bank, the largest bank headquartered in Michigan. Chemical Bank and the DRCFA will announce the new name of the convention center by the end of 2019; the name will remain Cobo Center until that time. Chemical Bank was selected to receive naming rights after an extensive competitive process.