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Enchanting wintertime views don’t have to be limited to resorts.
Central Kitchen + Bar, in Detroit, looks out through large windows to Cadillac Square from its spot on the ground floor of the First National Building. Diners can enjoy winter views of Campus Martius’ bright holiday décor and of ice skaters in its rink.
Q: What’s the best way to fill my group room block during my upcoming convention? There are so
many available choices, from vacation rentals through websites like Airbnb and VRBO, to discount
hotel stays through sites like Priceline and Orbitz.
The Motown Mule is the Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille’s take on the traditional ginger beer/vodka/ lime combo that is the Moscow Mule. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, rather than the conventional ginger beer, ups the cocktail’s intensity, while Fever-Tree’s tonic water, made with quinine, adds a tasty bitterness.
—1.5 oz. Two James 28 Island Vodka
—1oz. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
—2.5 oz. Fever-Tree tonic water
—Squeeze of lime
Each year, prior to our Best of Michigan Awards Gala, MIM+E’s editorial advisory board meets to discuss the state of the meetings and events industry and how the magazine can best serve it. ¶ Here’s what some of our members had to say about the key issues facing the industry, trends they’re seeing and the value of education.
MIM+E: What are some of the key issues you’re seeing in the industry right now?
Want all the benefits of a big city with the simplicity and charm of a small one? Then Grand Rapids is the place for you. Located on the Grand River, after which it’s named, in the southwest section of the state about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids offers everything from world-renowned art and historic sites to world-class golf courses, recreation and beaches. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named this vibrant city of nearly 200,000 people the country’s No. 1 travel destination in 2014 and that Forbes has called downtown Grand Rapids one of the country's 10 best downtowns.
When you work in the tourism industry, diplomatic savvy comes in handy. Julie Pingston, CMP, CTA, gained hers in the field.
Pingston, senior vice president and chief operating office at the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB), started her career as a campaign intern for George Bush the elder. After he was elected, Pingston, newly graduated from Alma College, was appointed to the nowdefunct U.S. Travel and Tourism Association, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
MIM+E held its annual Best of Michigan party May 22 at the new Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron. Empty Canvas provided the entertainment; Kurt Colone and the team from Mike Staff Productions emceed and played music; Chateau Chantal provided a wine tasting table; SugarHigh Bakery delighted guests with a sweets table; and Emerald City Designs provided the floral arrangements and linens.
Event décor is a planner’s ally. It creates a mood, moves attendees through a space in a predetermined way and gives them something to talk about with people they may not know well. Of course, décor trends come and go. The popular trends tend to overstay their welcome; most planners would probably be happy at this point to never see another Mason jar. The best ones never go away forever, but get reinvented and imagined for each new generation.
Roll out the red carpet! A movie theater gives your event Hollywood flash and sparkle. Big screens, plush seating, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, and the latest entertainment await your guests in movie theaters across Michigan.