• Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
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    Exploring ArtPrize Nine displays.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
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    John Markham, Advance 360.

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    Kathy Burress, White Lake CVB.

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    Jack Johnson, Destinations International, and Linda Hoath, Sault Ste. Marie CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
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    Amy VanLoon, White Lake CVB.

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    Visiting ArtPrize exhibits.

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    Guest auctioneer Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island CVB.

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    Jennifer Cronkhite, Experience Jackson, at ArtPrize. 

More than 55 CEOs and professional staff members of the Michigan Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus enjoyed the inspiring sights of Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Nine during the group’s 24th annual educational conference in September.

The two-and-a-half day event, at the DoubleTree Hotel 28th Street Airport in Grand Rapids, was packed with professional content directed to destination marketing teams. It featured eight speakers and 15 vendor displays. 

The group also enjoyed two evenings exploring Grand Rapids during the peak of ArtPrize, an open, independently organized international art competition that takes place for 19 days each fall. MLive Media Group hosted a Sunday dinner at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. A tram ride of the gardens and tour of the gallery preceded dinner.

Attendees enjoyed a strolling dinner at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Monday hosted by Experience Grand Rapids. Doug Small (CEO of Experience Grand Rapids) and Christian Gaines (executive director of ArtPrize) made short presentations. After dinner, several groups of docents from Experience Grand Rapids led the MACVB guests through ArtPrize at numerous venues throughout downtown.

The 2018 conference will be at the Four Points Sheraton in Kalamazoo.

At the end of 2017, the NYC & Company 17th Annual Visionaries & Voices Gala was held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The annual event celebrates iconic individuals and institutions that embody the vibrancy and vitality of New York City. The 2017 event honored “The Greatest Showman,” a new film from 20th Century Fox; SPE Partners and the new National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey; and the NFL and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group for the new NFL Experience Times Square.

 

Nearly 500 people from Illinois and the greater Midwest gathered at the stunning Palmer House Hilton Feb. 26-28 for the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. During the three-day event, attendees had the chance to hear from key industry officials, including an opening keynote from Carroll Rheem, vice president of research for Brand USA; a luncheon talk on crisis management and tourism security from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More; and an address by Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, at the closing breakfast.