As international travel restrictions lift and COVID-19 ebbs and flows, many companies are seeking transportation alternatives for group travel as in-person meetings and events are getting back on track. From small meetings to incentive trips and large-scale conferences, Air Partner offers air charter solutions worldwide to help corporate travelers get to their destinations safely and in style.

“Based on the recent inquiries and bookings we received in 2021, we predict more businesses will invest in private charters for their MICE travel needs with added emphasis surrounding employee health and safety,” says Simon Moore, senior vice president of group charter U.S. for Air Partner.

For more than 60 years, Air Partner has given companies the opportunity to choose their preferred aircraft from a wide variety of options, such as a private Airbus or larger Gulfstream ideal for transatlantic travel. The company allows customers to design a flight schedule and event itinerary that suits their traveling requirements and to select preferences such as socially distanced seating configurations and temperature checks.

Additional benefits include private terminal and lounge access globally; custom on-board dining with the option to curate a special menu; branding options such as designing the exterior of the aircraft, headrest covers and in-flight entertainment; and assistance with check-in, luggage and pre-flight catering for larger events.

Air Partner has 17 locations globally, with its U.S. headquarters located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and global headquarters situated alongside Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom.

Karen Totaro returns to the Midwest to run Detroit's Huntington Place.

Karen Totaro knows a few things about running a convention center. Over her 30-year career, she has held senior positions at Oregon Convention Center, Duke Energy Convention Center Cincinnati, Atlantic City Convention Center, and she was the chief operating officer at San Diego Convention Center from 2016 to 2020. Last year, Totaro moved to Detroit to become general manager of the newly renamed Huntington Place, the 16th largest convention center in the U.S.


Newly Elected Officers at Michigan CVB Group

Michigan Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus’ (MACVB) officers for 2022 have been announced. Heading the group as president is Trevor Tkach, president and CEO of Traverse City Tourism. “I am excited to serve as president of MACVB,” Tkach says. “The association represents dozens of destination organizations around the state, which deliver important economic development activities and tools to their communities. MACVB encourages best practices in sustainable, responsible tourism.”


Gaylord Golf Mecca, a collection of 17 golf courses and 21 lodging facilities in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, experienced a banner year in 2021. While the popularity of golf has surged across the country, Gaylord Golf Mecca has experienced exceptionally robust growth of 10.5 percent. People sought outdoor recreation during the pandemic, and they discovered the psychological benefits of an active game of golf, notes Executive Director Paul Beachnau, adding that The Mecca’s amenities and inclusivity have proved particularly appealing.