Mackinac Island

2022 MACVB Educational Conference at Mackinac Island Sept. 25-27

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WJR will once again host a live show at the 2022 MACVB Educational Conference, set for Sept. 25-27 on Mackinac Island.

In just a few weeks, the Michigan Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (MACVB) convenes on Mackinac Island for its annual educational conference—a much-anticipated event for an organization that is all about meetings and gatherings.

MACVB Executive Director Larissa Draves says being able to meet in person to learn, share, and network is invaluable. The annual conference was held in person in 2021, though had to be virtual in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

A Majestic, Storied Region

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

When you meet in one of the country’s great leisure destinations, sparks fly and creativity soars. 

Known for dense forests and trout streams, remote Great Lakes beaches and cottage living, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) and Mackinac Island have long been the settings for memorable vacations. The same natural beauty and endless outdoor activities that attract leisure visitors make the area an appealing destination for corporate meetings and retreats. 

Q&A: Michael Cerrie, Executive Chef, Grand Hotel

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com

Michael Cerrie was recently named the Executive Chef for Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel.  

1. What are you looking forward to most in your new role? 

Hotelier of the Year: Ken Hayward

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Ken Hayward has spent nearly his entire career serving at one hotel. But when you start your career at one of the most iconic and historic hotels in Michigan— even the nation—it’s hard to see yourself anywhere else. Hayward, executive vice president and managing director of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, was recently named Hotelier of the Year by Historic Hotels of America. This honor comes decades after Hayward was given an unexpected opportunity.

Kindred Resorts & Hotels Debuts New Programs

Kindred Resorts & Hotels has revealed a number of new activities that span across North America. Some of these additions include romantic getaways, culinary adventures, wellness corporate retreats, and more.

Grand Hotel, located in Mackinac Island, Michigan will reopen on May 4 after completing its renovation. Renovations include three new suites, with interior design by Dorothy Draper & Company, and changes to the world’s longest porch at 660-feet. It will be open the first weekend in May through the end of October.

Michigan Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces New Officers

The MACVB has appointed its new officers for the 2017 calendar. The newly elected officers are:

  • President: Jack Schripsema (Lansing)
  • Past President: Linda Freybler (Calhoun County)
  • Vice President: Linda Hoath (Sault Ste. Marie)
  • Secretary: Chris Rowley (Mount Pleasant)
  • Treasurer: Bob Lukens (Muskegon)
  • Members at Large: Tim Hygh (Mackinac Island)
  • Amanda Wilkin (Charlevoix)

MACVB is made up of the 46 member convention and visitor bureaus all throughout Michigan.

Meet Bradley McCallum, Mission Point Resort

Bradley McCallum, a Michigan native, developed a passion for travel and the guest experience while working in the Midwest, Europe and Asia. “I’ve been very fortunate to work with some great companies and great mentors,” McCallum says. He now showcases that passion as general manager of Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island.

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