• Michigan Wineries Evolve Into Fun Sites For ‘Grape’ Times

     
    POSTED November 21, 2017
     

Who doesn’t like to sip a little wine after a meeting or an event?
 
Michigan’s successful wine industry continues to boom. As a result, state wineries are expanding their role as fun places to host an event—or even an extended meeting, for that matter—at locations such as Traverse City’s Chateau Chantal. We featured the winery and its B&B in our 2017 fall issue.

For many long-standing Michiganders, it’s hard to believe there are 132 wineries today, up from the 49 the state featured back in 2007.

Here’s some good news: The Michigan Wine Industry generates $5.4 billion in total economic activity for the state. 

On a personal front, I helped contribute to that number having sponsored a few outings to Northern Michigan wineries. They’re great places to visit and I even hosted an off-site or two while conducting wine tour events Up North

The industry reports that 1.7 million visitors, like me, contribute more than $252 million in tourism spending. That estimated impact includes spending on lodging, food, transportation, retail purchases and other expenditures.

All the details are in the latest economic impact and industry growth report prepared by the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council.

And for meeting and event planners looking for something a little more entertaining, check out the organization’s wineries and vineyards web page for some neat ideas.

In an unprecedented move, The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) has awarded the naming rights of Cobo Center to Chemical Bank, the largest bank headquartered in Michigan. Chemical Bank and the DRCFA will announce the new name of the convention center by the end of 2019; the name will remain Cobo Center until that time. Chemical Bank was selected to receive naming rights after an extensive competitive process.

 

The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton officially opened this holiday season on November 15 while honoring veteran Elizabeth O’Byrne in conjunction with Veterans Day. O’Byrne and her family received the first guest special experience at the hotel’s grand opening event.

 

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