• Feet on the Street Introduces People to a New Detroit

     
    POSTED December 11, 2017
     

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It’s always fun to discover new activities that can become an entertaining part of a pre- or post-meeting itinerary.

Feet on the Street Tours is one of those finds because it prides itself on introducing people to a new Detroit. Its mission is to promote cultural tourism and connect residents and visitors through “fun + food + art + architecture + history + music + unique neighborhoods.”

Officially launched by Linda Yellin in 2007, the small group of expert tour guides has been fascinating locals and visitors with the sights and sounds of the Motor City most have never experienced before. 

“Our winter and spring fill up with our specialty, customized, private walking, car and bus tours that we do for all kinds of groups, from two people to 100-plus, and everything in between,” says Business Manager Becky Scarcello. 

“People love hiring us—from event planners, recreation departments, schools (elementary to post-graduate), wedding parties, family gatherings, social clubs, small businesses and corporations, you name it. We design tours to help our guests engage and connect or re-connect with the City of Detroit by exploring, experiencing and enjoying all areas of town, from Campus Martius to Corktown and beyond,” she says.

One of its most popular regularly scheduled public tour is the $29 “Come Hungry, Leave Happy” strolling brunch in Detroit’s Eastern Market District. “We routinely add dates and many people are surprised to know that we offer tours in January and February. Our Eastern Market tour takes place outdoors and indoors in the shops, galleries and restaurants. So they are fun in any weather,” the life-long Detroit supporter adds.

On the culinary side, for example, its Delish Detroit activities include three to four hour progressive food crawls that provide inside looks at local food businesses and restaurants, a chance to meet the chefs, bakers and brewers, and enjoy a variety of food. The crew loves to customize outings for clients.

Various local, national and international companies and trade associations have hired Feet on the Street Tours to plan experiences for their annual meetings, including catered meals in meeting spaces, when employees and members gather in Detroit, oftentimes from around the world.

Some recent clients have included the American Bar Association (Detroit tours for spouses of conference attendees) and the Federated Electrical Contractors (an auto history tour).

“We like to provide unique options beyond the conference room, and have close relationships with out-of-the-norm meeting spaces, venues and restaurants,” she says. 

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.