• Greater Lansing CVB & Sports Authority Announce Award Winners

     
    POSTED March 20, 2019
     

    Photo courtesy Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Photo courtesy Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) met with the Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) on March 13 to announce good news for the local economy and present awards to several honorees throughout the Greater Lansing area.

“The Greater Lansing community experienced another very strong year,” said Jack Schripsema, president and CEO of the GLCVB. “For the eighth consecutive year, the GLCVB destination sales department exceeded its room night goal, the Greater Lansing Sports Authority once again broke the century mark for events hosted and the region saw an overall hotel room demand increase compared to the previous year.

The region reported an occupancy rate of 62.8 percent in 2018, and hotel room demand increased to more than 1,037,000 hotel room nights, according to Smith Travel Research (STR) data. The Greater Lansing area also experienced an increase in cost per rented hotel room in 2018.

The GLCVB and GLSA also honored community members for helping secure and advocate for group business in the Greater Lansing area. Honorees included Sean Kottke, Samantha Stevens, Keturah Bouyer, Christina DeJong, Josh Ressio, Caitlyn Vermiglio, Elyse Packard, Dr. Chinwe Effiong and Alexandra Jarvis. John and Barb Rossi were recognized as the CTA Stars of the Year by the GLCVB.

The GLSA also recognized the Capital City Crushers as Sport Partner of the Year and Michigan Youth Challenge Academy as Volunteer of the Year. 

This year's Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) took the country by storm with 275 events taking place across 53 countries, breaking all previous records. This was an increase from GMID 2018 with 206 events in 41 countries. The events of GMID 2019 were also done on a much larger scale, with 250 to 400 professionals attending each of them.

 

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) awarded five meeting and event professionals with a $1,000 scholarship as part of its commitment to Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). The scholarship will help its recipients earn their Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification.

 

Arbor Lodging Partners, Chicago-based hotel investment and management company, announced its $135 million acquisition of Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta, Hampton Inn Boston-Norwood,