Michigan Meetings + Events

Setting the Stage for Sponsorship Renewals

Q: Sponsor revenue for our meeting is declining. How can we help sponsors justify their investments and set the stage for renewal discussions? A: Post-event fulfillment reports consistently rank at the top of sponsors’ lists of the most valuable services provided by conference hosts. Indeed, according to the 2012 IEG/Performance Research Sponsorship Decision-Makers Survey, fulfillment reports tie audience research as the most important service provided by conference hosts.

Negotiate a Fair Fee for Your Work

We are not a culture that is comfortable talking about money. Flaunting it, yes—but talking about it is seen as impolite, unprofessional, even vulgar.

In order for planners to know how much they should be making for their work, however, they’re going to have to open up. Because if there’s one thing planners agree on, it’s that their work is often undervalued and inadequately paid.

Guided Kayak tours now at Sleeping Bear Dunes

The National Park Service has authorized All About Water to provide guided kayak tours in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore beginning in summer 2016. All About Water, the only company with the park service’s authorization, will offer regularly scheduled tours that will feature the shore at the base of the Pierce Stocking Scenic Overlook, around Pyramid Point and Good Harbor Bay.

Traverse City is the Perfect Dream Destination

Traverse City, linchpin of Michigan’s largest waterfront resort area, is a mix of stunning scenery and classy creature comforts, with plenty to do year-round. Ample accommodations, fun activities, mouthwatering local food and locally produced libations—this area really has it all, making it an outstanding destination for meetings and special events.

Event Snapshots: 21st Annual ROSE Awards

The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau honored more than 200 hospitality workers and volunteers at its 21st Annual Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Awards on September 23 at the Detroit Opera House. WXYZ’s Glenda Lewis served as mistress of ceremonies, while the Rodney Lamar Page Band, Kurt J and Evelyn Renee provided entertainment.

Novi and Northville are hot Michigan Destinations

The charming cities of Novi and Northville combine historic appeal with a dedication to being modern destinations for meetings and events. Easily accessible off I-275 and I-96 and located just 20 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Novi and the Victorianesque city of Northville offer an extensive range of venues and excellent amenities. ¶ “Novi and Northville are metro Detroit’s newest suburban hot spots,” says Deanna Majchrzak, manager of media relations at the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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