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Record attendance drives hotel revenue

Rise in daily room rates, entertainment options attributed to number of hotel rooms booked.

February 16, 2018
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) Kent County’s hotel revenue saw an increase of 6.8 percent in 2017. The percentage growth has not been as large as in past years, but the record revenue of nearly $211 million can be attributed to several factors. Read More

Further analysis needed for large hotel development

February 16, 2018
The Business Journal is reporting on consecutive years of hotel occupancy rate increases; the reasons for that growth were underscored in the recent GRBJ Newsmakers of the Year awards. Read More

Lodging tax revenue sees unexpected increase

More funding will be sent to Kent County’s destination marketing organization.

December 8, 2017
An unanticipated amount of tax revenue from Kent County’s lodging excise tax will result in more funds appropriated to Experience Grand Rapids. Read More

Lawsuit brings hotel assessments under scrutiny

Northern Michigan hotel owner says government-approved room fees used to subsidize marketing campaigns violate free speech rights.

March 10, 2017
The local tourism industry is keeping its eye out for the results of a free speech lawsuit against the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Doug Small of Experience Grand Rapids

February 7, 2017
Doug Small — the president and CEO of Experience Grand Rapids — is the featured guest in episode 20 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

From the outside looking in

Transplanted city leaders bring fresh ideas, perspective to growing Grand Rapids.

December 9, 2016
As an invoice for nearly $850,000 crossed Kris Larson’s desk, he saw an opportunity. Read More

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