Items Tagged with 'Doug Small'


Ford Airport adds board member

January 16, 2020
A new member joined the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority board. Read More

Downtown welcomes new Hotel District

Rebranding of 3 square blocks designed to catch attention of meeting and convention planners.

May 31, 2019
Grand Rapids leaders have carved out 3 square blocks downtown as the designated Hotel District. Read More

Street Talk: Let’s talk streets

Travel team.

May 10, 2019
’Tis the season for detours and weaving in and out of orange cones. But while Grand Rapids motorists are grappling with new ways to add five or 10 minutes to their commute, the new construction actually is the latest installment of a long-term plan. Read More

Street Talk: Task force eyes projects

Birthday treat.

April 26, 2019
Community leaders are taking the next step toward determining whether to build a new convention hotel and/or an amphitheater. Read More

Hotel occupancy rates continue gradual rise

Experience GR credits downtown skywalk, more nonstop flights for increasing percentage in Kent County.

November 9, 2018
The hotel occupancy rate in Kent County has been increasing slowly in recent years. Read More

ArtPrize’s worth goes far beyond the art

April 20, 2018
The Business Journal has opined a few times in the last nine years that the thrill of ArtPrize would be short(er) lived without community support of the cash kind. 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

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