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MIchigan CVBs Going High-Tech to Improve Travel & Meeting Experience

Looking for ways to lure visitors to your destination? Convention and visitors bureaus across Michigan are embracing and deploying the latest technology to make planning leisure travel and destination events easier and more successful. Here are the most exciting things our state's bureau leaders are doing in the technology space. 

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IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

The Rich City of Kalamazoo is Ready to Welcome You

Take a stroll through Kalamazoo, and you’ll discover the local brews, farm-to-table restaurants and world-class cultural events of a big city, set in a charming historic town alongside a winding river. 

Event Snapshots: The 11th Annual Best of Michigan Awards

MIM+E held its 11th annual Best of Michigan party May 19 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Kurt Colone and Mike Staff Productions provided music and emcee services; event favorite Empty Canvas returned to provide entertainment; Shutterbooth made sure everyone got the chance to take a photo; Holiday Market served up delicious desserts and Top That! Event provided the décor.

Event Trends & Tips From Bar & Bat Mitzvahs

Michigan event planners tend to tap Pinterest and industry blogs for insight into the hottest trends. But they might want to also start consulting their colleagues specializing in bar and bat mitzvah celebrations.

Stadiums Provide a Winning Guest Experience

Sport stadiums, those cavernous homes to professional teams and hot dogs, popcorn and beer, can also make outstanding meeting and event spaces. 

Stadiums often offer state-of-the-art amenities designed to impress clients and foster camaraderie. Especially in Michigan, where sports fandom runs rampant, just knowing a meeting or event is slated for a stadium can boost enthusiasm and attendance.

Here are five stadiums eager to host your next meeting or event. 

Industry 411: Industry Experts Share Thoughts on the State of the Industry

Each year, prior to our Best of Michigan Awards party, the MIM+E Editorial Advisory Board meets to discuss the state of the meetings and events industry, including the challenges it faces and the trends taking hold or on their way out. Here’s what our members had to say this year.

MIM+E: Let’s start by talking about the issues facing our industry. What are the top challenges?

Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga Offered at Two Michigan Hotels

The JW Marriott Grand Rapids and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel now offer glow-inthe-dark yoga, where guests take a break from high-pressure meetings to enter a black-lit room full of music and energy. Upon arrival, attendees can have their arms, legs or faces painted with glow paint in preparation for yoga that is sure to quash any workday blues.

Cobo Center’s Sustainability Efforts Pay Off

Cobo Center’s green efforts are landing it new business. The Sustainable Brands conference will relocate to Detroit in 2017, after five years in San Diego.

Cobo achieved the Green Meetings Industry Council’s APEX/ ASTM rigorous standard certification in 2015. (It was just the ninth convention center to do so.) Its green initiatives have been numerous, and the center has earned several awards for its efforts, including the 2015 Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leader Award. It recently added food composting to its sustainability program.

Signature Drink: Stoned Fence

Craft cider company Virtue offers tours, a tasting room and a bottle shop at its Fennville farm. Stoned Fence, created by Mae Governale, won Virtue’s 2016 cocktail competition.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.75 oz. aged rum
—.25 oz. Rich Demerara syrup 
—2 oz. The Mitten Cider
—cinnamon tincture to taste
—lemon swath

DIRECTIONS:
Mix ingredients in your favorite cocktail glass and enjoy

COURTESY OF Virtue Cider

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