We know this is a busy time of year, but we have a special request to add to your to-do list: Vote for the companies, organizations and individuals you feel represent the Best of Michigan.

Our annual awards ballot has just gone live, and we hope you’ll take a minute to submit yours. Each year we’ve accrued a voting record that beat the previous year by a wide margin, and we’d like to see that trend continue in 2017.

Each year we re-evaluate the category list to ensure it aligns with industry trends in our state. We’ve added a few new categories this year: Best Band, Best Conference/Convention Center, Best Distillery, Best Renovation all have joined the list. In addition, we broke the CVB category into two, so that bureaus serving smaller population areas compete against each other, but not against the heavy regional hitters.

We used the same ballot format as the last two years, prepopulated with last year’s top picks, listed alphabetically, as well as additional contenders we felt warranted inclusion. At the top of each category is a place to write in your choice, if you don’t see it as an option.

Ballots must contain votes in at least 10 categories in order to be counted. This is to avoid vote-stacking and help ensure that votes are indeed coming from our readers and/or people knowledgeable about the industry.

So get voting, people! As always, the winners will be announced in May at our Readers’ Choice Awards party, to be held at the City Opera House in beautiful Traverse City. We hope you’ll start planning your trip.

Vote here!

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  


Take note of these seven pros who are making their mark in the meetings and events industry. 

Mary Kerr, CTA, President & CEO 
Destination Ann Arbor
Lifetime Achievement 


Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.