I’ve been editing MIME for more than four years, and there is one topic that never gets old: the value of a skilled planner. Over and over I hear frustration from members of our industry over the lack of public education when it comes to planning. The CMP designation, of course, was created partially in response to that general ignorance, providing planners with a way to obtain and demonstrate a set of skills and training.

As I look ahead to future issues, I’ve got one eye for a feature on the value a planner provides to all players—the event host, suppliers, attendees. Do you feel passionately about this topic? Good examples of a skilled planner saving the day or the havoc wreaked by working with untrained planners? I’d love to hear from you.

Our spring issue has some exciting stories, including features on Ann Arbor and fun, offbeat group activities (fowling, anyone?) If you know of can’t-miss Ann Arbor venues or have experienced a group gaming activity you think is worth sharing, please let me know.

Of course, spring is a long way off. In the meantime, I’ve planned a fall getaway with my son, to Frankenmuth. We’ll be staying at Zehnder’s Splash Village, which will be my first visit to the hotel and water park. If there’s anywhere in Frankenmuth you think I simply must experience with my 5-year-old boy, get in touch. My next post will give a full report!

After 7 years of planning, the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center is now open in downtown Muskegon. The official ribbon cutting took place on April 12, 2021.  


On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic.