• Joining Forces

     
    POSTED July 9, 2017
     

Due to the growth in tourism and group bookings in the Lansing area, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority have partnered to assign the Lansing Center's future sales responsibilities to the GLCVB.

“Due to an upward trend in overall group bookings for the region a more efficient booking process has become necessary for the community as a whole,” says Jack Schripsema, president and CEO of the GLCVB. “The Lansing Center is the premier convention facility in the center of the state and is a critical asset to the future tourism growth of our region. We continue to work with our hospitality partners to make Greater Lansing a destination where it’s easy to do business.”

Scott Keith, president and CEO of LEPFA adds, “The Lansing Center sales and marketing agreement with the GLCVB is an example of regional collaboration that has proven to foster increased demand for our facilities and will lead to further growth and increased economic impact.”

The Lansing Center has 125,000 square feet of downtown meeting space, and has seen a 30 percent increase in revenue and occupancy and a $10 million increase in economic impact over the last five years as collaboration with the GLCVB was fostered.

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above. 

 

Michigan’s university and college towns earn more than a passing grade when it comes to the venues and amenities they offer for meetings and conferences. 

Go Spartans! Go Wildcats! Go Broncos! Go Blue! 

Michigan has plenty to cheer about when it comes to campus life. According to Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the Great Lakes State ranks among the top 15 states in the country for the most post-high school institutions. Some 93 colleges and universities call Michigan home, with many of these schools operating multiple campuses.