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Hotel occupancy increases begs discussion of Calder Plaza possibilties

November 11, 2016
Business Journal reporting on the very good news of consecutive years of hotel occupancy increases — with the additional 800 rooms added by new hotel construction during the past 18 months — begs new discussion and new possibilities directly impacting current thinking and planning, especially related to Calder Plaza, its environs and its refurbishment. Read More

Hotel use rate grows

Grand Rapids may have to add additional event and meeting space to compete with larger cities.

November 11, 2016
Following six straight years of growth, Kent County might be nearing its ceiling in terms of hotel occupancy with the current room supply and attractions. Read More

A 70 percent town

Officials know there’s more work to be done on the city’s brand recognition.

November 13, 2015
In 2008, Kent County had hotel occupancy of 48 percent. Read More

Quite an experience

Could ‘disruptive’ ideas make Grand Rapids the next Austin?

July 24, 2015
With one great disruptive idea, could Grand Rapids be the next Austin? Read More

Restaurant Week’s tally tasty for SICE

August event set a new mark and raised money for culinary scholarship fund.

November 1, 2013
Although the fourth annual event didn’t sell as many featured meals as last year, revenue to the promotion’s participating restaurants was up from a year ago. Read More

Small tells county commissioners they’re going to like the numbers

Tourism, conferences, room rates, occupancy setting records.

August 23, 2013
When Experience Grand Rapids President Doug Small came before county commissioners last week to update them on how his organization did last year, he immediately got their attention. Read More

Area hotels are continuing strong run

Convention center posts its best-ever seven-month fiscal mark.

March 8, 2013
Following on the heels of a record-breaking revenue year of $127 million for hotels in the county last year, Experience Grand Rapids President Doug Small reported the momentum carried over into the first month of the new year. Read More

Experience GR appreciates new county contract

Three-year agreement comes at a time when hospitality revenue is expected to rise even more.

December 15, 2012
Experience Grand Rapids President Doug Small said he was grateful that Kent County recently approved a new three-year contract with his organization, and he saw that decision as a vote of confidence in what the destination marketer has accomplished over the previous three years. Read More