The more I travel—and the longer I edit this magazine—the more I appreciate convention and visitors bureaus. They are staffed with people who know their area inside and out, and are passionately committed to supporting and promoting it. In Michigan, in particular, we've needed voices telling our story to a country that often had it wrong. Our CVBs have done as much as anyone to do so and to turn our state’s fortunes around and attract the enthusiasm and investment that we need.

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau is one of the hardest working bureaus in the state. And their efforts pay off—more than 4.8 million visitors travel to the Greater Lansing region each year, generating more than $602 million in economic impact.

If you haven’t been lately, now is as good a time as any, and the bureau can help you with its recently has released 2017 Greater Lansing Visitor Guide.

This free yearly publication offers maps, and information about dining, shopping and attractions. Visitor Guides are distributed at Michigan Welcome Centers, local hotels, visiting meetings and conventions, sports tournaments and other high-traffic locations.

Lansing-based photographer Thomas Gennara shot the 84-page guide’s photography. Each section provides top things visitors might want to know, including:

  • 5 free things to do in Lansing
  • 5 places your kids will love
  • 5 unique restaurants that foodies will love

Visitor Guides are available in both print and digital format and can be ordered or downloaded at lansing.org.

Is celebrating Michigan Wine Month a work activity? Absolutely, especially when you’re checking out wine-centric venues for possible future events. Traverse City Uncorked is offering a mobile-exclusive pass to a collection of curated wineries offering deals and discounts to redeem during Michigan Wine Month—also known as May!

 

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.