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Meet Outdoors at the Detroit Riverfront

It’s summer in Detroit City, and that means a rollicking riverfront. The list of festivals and activities available along the river gets longer and more varied each year. Want to incorporate a movement break into your downtown meeting? Try tai chi on Mondays, yoga on Thursdays and Fridays, or BCBSM Walk the Riverwalk Wednesdays (May through August).

Get Up Close with 16 Small Spaces that Pay off Big

When it comes to built-in ambiance and engaged attendees, intimate spaces can trump traditional meeting spots. Small venues often offer a cooler vibe, says Angela Butorac, founder of Butorac Events and co-founder of EventTrender.com. Attendees are more focused, and the spaces’ relaxed atmosphere can help people open up. “You’ll get some of those people who you never hear from who will probably get more engaged in the conversation,” she says.

Troy Offers Planners the Full Package

The biggest challenge to planning an event in Troy might be decision fatigue. The city’s abundant venue choices make it hard to go wrong in this upscale city. The Oakland County destination offers high-end shopping, numerous hotels and an easy drive to area attractions, including Cranbrook Educational Community.

Amway Hotel Collection Offers All in One

IT’S HARD TO OPEN A MAGAZINE OR A NEWSPAPER LATELY WITHOUT SEEING A STORY ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS being a top destination city. For meeting planners eyeing Michigan’s second-largest city, the Amway Hotel Collection stands out for its unique spaces, proximity to the city’s convention center and expert staff.

"When seeking to book an event or meeting within one of our properties, we truly want to make it a seamless experience," says Ron Brondyke, the collection’s vice president and corporate director of sales.

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