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Portable and Affordable Art for Trade Show Booths and Events

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BIG Wall Décor challenges the notion that owning large, beautiful artwork is only for the wealthy art connoisseur. With more than 20 years of experience printing for luxury brands, the BIG Wall Décor team uncovered a new print/framing solution that makes it easy and affordable (pieces start at $125) to display large-scale, on-trend artwork in trade show booths, at events, in the office, and at home. 

Horseback Riders Get Golden Opportunity at Silver Lake State Park

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Silver Lake State Park in Mears is holding its first official shoreline riding season Nov. 1-30. Photo courtesy of Pure Michigan

To Jenny Cook, there is nothing like the freedom of riding a horse along the shoreline of big water like Lake Michigan.

“I like to describe it as the ultimate freedom,” says Cook, who lives in Kalamazoo and is appointed by the governor of Michigan to represent equestrian trail riders to state public land managers and other groups.  “It’s just a way to enjoy the shoreline like you never have before.”

Condé Nast Traveler Names Two Michigan Hotels Top in Midwest

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The Hotel Iroquois was named among the top 15 hotels in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler Midwest: Reader’s Choice Awards 2022. Photo courtesy of Hotel Iroquois

Condé Nast Traveler has named two Michigan hotels in its top 15 list in the Midwest: Reader’s Choice Awards 2022.

The Detroit Foundation Hotel ranked fifth and the Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island rated eighth overall. 

‘It’s About Them’

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Horse and carriage approaching the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Horse and carriage approaching the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island CREDIT Adobe Stock / Michael Deemer

MACVB Annual Educational Conference finally reaches the shores of Mackinac Island.

As I rode in the carriage from the Shepler’s Ferry terminal to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, my mind wandered to a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” In said scene, King Arthur and his sidekick, Patsy, approach a castle while galloping and banging coconuts together. After a few moments passed and my mind wandered back to the tree-lined streets of the island, I realized it was the clippety-clop of the draft horses pulling our carriage that brought on my thoughts of Python.

A Lakeside B&B in Onekama

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Located in Onekama and built in 1900 as the summer residence of lumber baron and Manistee Mayor Charles Canfield, Canfield House was purchased, completely renovated, and reopened as a year-round bed-and-breakfast in 2021. Featuring 200 feet of Portage Lake frontage, the property now offers a lakeside fire ring and new dock for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The six-room house can be rented for small retreats and groups up to 125 accommodated for meetings and receptions.

AHLA Report

Hotel business travel revenue will be down in 2022.

While the hospitality industry is beginning to rebound as the pandemic seems to wane, hotel business travel is still taking time to recover. (See also Infographic on page 38.) According to a report issued by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), leisure travel is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels this year. However, the 2022 report projects that hotel business travel revenue will be down 23% from 2019, which equates to a $20-billion decrease.

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