• West Michigan Tourist Association Welcomes a New Marketing Manager

     
    POSTED June 8, 2022
     

Kaylie Pomper has joined West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) as the organization’s new marketing manager. The Kalamazoo native and graduate of Michigan State University, previously worked in leasing and marketing and in event planning.  

Pomper says she’s thrilled to be able to help organizations, businesses, and events across the West Michigan area. “One of my favorite things about Michigan is that there is something for everyone,” she says, “whether you prefer the quiet of a beach town, the thrills of a big city, or maybe a little bit of both. You are always a quick drive away. Plus, you never know what you might find, because there is always something new and exciting to experience!” 

As for her personal favorites, she loves experiencing West Michigan in the fall. “There is something about seeing the leaves change to vibrant colors and smelling the crisp air that makes me feel comforted,” she says. “My ideal fall day would be a scenic drive through all the changing trees with a pumpkin spice latte and apple cinnamon donut in my hand.” 

WMTA's membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan's tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area's tourist destinations.

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

Six months ago, Detroit’s TCF Center got a new name—Huntington Place. Now the convention center is getting striking new public art—an outdoor sculpture by acclaimed artist Scott Hocking. The 15-foot diameter bronze sculpture, Floating Citadel, will be located in the main circle drive of Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. The installation of the sculpture is expected to be complete by late summer. Renderings and images are available here