Travel & Tourism

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DeVos Hall to receive upgrades to attract big Broadway shows

$300K in improvements will allow venue to host bigger shows for longer periods.

July 25, 2014
Downtown Grand Rapids is set to become a bigger magnet to tourism. Read More

Grand Rapids not rolling out the red carpet for Airbnb

Short-term rentals bump up against established hospitality industry.

July 25, 2014
While Airbnb may be enjoying a slightly better reception from the city of Grand Rapids than when it was first discussed, the $10 billion sharing economy business is still getting a bit of a cold shoulder. Read More

Conventions are putting heads in beds in Grand Rapids

Meetings, sporting events and all kinds of travel are leading to record hotel revenues.

July 25, 2014
The convention and tourism climate in Grand Rapids is still on the upswing, with 2014 on target to be the fourth consecutive year of record room revenue, according to Janet Korn, Experience Grand Rapids senior vice president. Read More

Muskegon's leisure and hospitality sector drives economic activity

Breweries, restaurants and shopping are reviving the tourism trade.

July 25, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Downtown Muskegon, once known as an industrial town, has shed its former image to become a vibrant destination. Read More

LaughFest spreads $3.2M economic impact

July 25, 2014
This year's LaughFest generated more than laughs. Read More

Uber drives into market

July 24, 2014
A mobile ride-booking app is rolling out service in Grand Rapids and three other Michigan cities on Thursday. Read More

University research attracts conference on reproduction

July 18, 2014
Groundbreaking reproductive research being done at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine has helped draw the largest international conference on reproductive research to Grand Rapids. Read More

Amtrak station readies for arrivals

Improvements make way for two trains, if needed.

July 11, 2014
Grand Rapids’ new Amtrak station should be up and running come fall, according to The Rapid CEO Peter Varga. Read More

$3.7M conference a 'big step forward' in attracting diverse groups

July 10, 2014
A national conference for a group of African-American law enforcement executives is coming to town. Read More

Summer Beer Fest reschedules for fall

July 7, 2014
The organizers of the Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest have rescheduled the event for the fall. Read More