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.

Treetops GM appreciates the hospitality industry’s alwaysinteresting challenges.

 

It was a night to shine at The Reserve in Birmingham as honorees and guests from around the state gathered for the 2018 Event Professional Industry Class (EPIC) Awards. The program recognized the best in the industry and highlighted the previous year of events.

 

What do you think of when someone says Michigan? Well, maybe you think of the Great Lakes – the state is on the shores of Michigan, Huron, and Erie. Or perhaps it’s the Motor City, Detroit, or a number of the states’ other vibrant metropolises. Or is it just getting out onto the open road and discovering some of the Midwest’s most beautiful scenery?