• 2016 Lodging Industry Enjoys Positive Cycle

     
    POSTED July 24, 2017
     

The hotel industry’s performance during 2016 was solid in most Michigan markets and the year ended on a positive note, reports Charles Skelton of Hospitality Partners in Ann Arbor. The firm has tracked the state’s lodging sector performance for years.

“We are at the point in our cycle where gains in occupancy will be much slower while rate will continue to increase, but at a more reasonable pace," says Skelton in his firm’s spring/summer newsletter released earlier this month.. "I think 2017 will be a solid year with softening coming in 2018 and 2019. To what degree that softening takes place really depends on what happens nationally."

Detroit’s renovated Cobo Convention Center is receiving rave reviews, Skelton adds. “Coupled with the sports teams, bars and restaurant activity, and the newly arrived residents, the D is heading into the century reclaiming some of its glory as the 1940s and 1950s when it was truly a world-class city and an engine for the Midwest.”

After 15+ months of tight restrictions on gathering, Michigan is finally beginning to open up again. Typically, masks are only required for unvaccinated people until July 1, and capacities for indoor gatherings have drastically increased. However, just because regulations are loosened doesn’t mean that every attendee will be comfortable around so many people and so few masks.

 

After 7 years of planning, the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center is now open in downtown Muskegon. The official ribbon cutting took place on April 12, 2021.  

 

On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.