• Welcome to Rendezville Web App

    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE

    Access and build detailed festival and conference schedules via this web app.

Instead of going through the hassle of downloading yet another app on your device, Joseph Tzeng has an alternative: Rendezville, a completely customizable web app that designs a schedule for conferences and festivals specifically related to your interests and needs. “Rendezville’s mission is to offer a cost-effective solution that enables event organizers to build event apps with a high engagement rate,” Tzeng says.

Event planners can create an account on Rendezville’s website and enter event information such as the date, times, event description and a channel name. Once that is complete, planners can add an app icon and further details such as a speaker, performer and venue. 

Attendees can open the URL and add the app to their home screen, and also favorite certain events by clicking the heart icon, which helps build personalized schedules. 

Rendezville is free to try for both attendees and event planners. Planners publishing an event, however, will be charged a onetime fee of $1,000 once they are absolutely satisfied with the app. “By staying out of the app stores but having all the functionality of an app, we are able to keep prices below most app creators, but still have a highly beautiful, functional, and interactive festival and conference schedule experience,” Tzeng says. 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 



After 36 years as director of the CVB, Peter Fitzsimons is retiring. By Shelley Levitt

In 1985, Peter Fitzsimons, a former hotel general manager, became the executive director of the newly formed Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He never left. In June, the 73-year-old Detroit native announced that he’d be stepping down from the role at the end of the year. 

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When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events have returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like.