Items Tagged with 'West Michigan Sports Commission'


Inside Track: A passion for sports

For 10 years, West Michigan Sports Commission president has helped region become a go-to destination for youth, amateur sports.

March 16, 2018
For Mike Guswiler, the 2018 Winter Olympics brought back memories. Read More

Record attendance drives hotel revenue

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

February 16, 2018
(As seen 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

Sports tourism revenue reaches new heights

Visitor spending pumped $61.1 million into West Michigan economy last year, according to sports commission.

January 26, 2018
Revenues from sports tourism have soared, creating a ripple effect on the West Michigan economy. Read More

Impact of community partnerships is undeniable

January 26, 2018
Constant attention to new or renewal developments — the latest condo or retail project in the central city — often overshadows some of the projects that become map makers for the metro area. 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

Region’s pitch lands international sports competitions

August 11, 2017
The West Michigan Sports Commission is bringing another $2.2 million in economic impact to the region. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Eric Engelbarts of Meijer State Games of Michigan

August 1, 2017
Eric Engelbarts, executive director of Meijer State Games of Michigan, is the featured guest in episode 45 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

Pro soccer impressed by Grand Rapids market

USL officials term on-site visit an ‘awesome’ experience.

June 9, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids “checked all the boxes” as a possible market for a team in the United Soccer League’s new Division III league, according to an official who recently visited the city. Read More

Mark Dantonio speaking at sports commission event

March 8, 2017
A three-time Big Ten champion coach will speak at the West Michigan Sports Commission luncheon this spring. Read More

Association names athletes of the year

December 26, 2016
A trio of Michigan athletes were named national athletes of the year. Read More