Entertainment is all about the experience, and increasingly guests want that experience to be a personal one. “Groups don’t necessarily want to sit in their seats and watch a performance; they want to be part of the entertainment,” says Renee J. Lewis, CMP, president and partner of Infinity Management Group in Brighton.
Michigan Meetings + Events
From gardens to greenhouses, sculptures to wildlife, Michigan abounds with outdoor cultural attractions. For planners, that means a variety of venues from which to choose when searching for the perfect outdoor spot for a private event.
When summer comes to Michigan, everyone wants to be outside. Remember this James Taylor song?
“When this old world starts getting me down
and people are just too much for me to face,
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
and all my cares just drift right into space…
Up on the roof.”
Use this tune as your inspiration and let the skyline views and twinkling stars add sparkle to your event. Here are four venues around the state that can take your party to new heights.
Cheli’s Chili Bar
Aesthetic inspiration can come from nearly anywhere— even from a single chair. Ralph Bellisario, owner of Bellisario Florist in Eastpointe, used a Chameleon chair as the starting point for designing a vignette for Ballroom Bliss at the Royal Park Hotel. The silver-toned metal chair with a satin cushion is new and on trend, and can be adapted to a variety of concepts.
Fostering conversation is the goal of DoubleDutch’s newest app update, which offers direct messaging between attendees and different channels for discussions. The app’s new Activity Feed allows users to upload photos, comments and more.
The latest addition to Traverse City’s booming winery scene will double as a stunning lookout point.
Rove Estate Vineyard and Winery, slated to open this spring, is the project of Creighton and McKenzie Gallagher. The couple’s Leelanau Peninsula location for their 2,000-square-foot tasting room is a 1,100-foot perch—making it the highest vineyard and tasting room in Leelanau County. A wraparound deck will allow visitors to fully take in the views.
Q: Sponsor revenue for our meeting is declining. How can we help sponsors justify their investments and set the stage for renewal discussions? A: Post-event fulfillment reports consistently rank at the top of sponsors’ lists of the most valuable services provided by conference hosts. Indeed, according to the 2012 IEG/Performance Research Sponsorship Decision-Makers Survey, fulfillment reports tie audience research as the most important service provided by conference hosts.
Business meetings are GO Where Meetings Matter’s forte.
We are not a culture that is comfortable talking about money. Flaunting it, yes—but talking about it is seen as impolite, unprofessional, even vulgar.
In order for planners to know how much they should be making for their work, however, they’re going to have to open up. Because if there’s one thing planners agree on, it’s that their work is often undervalued and inadequately paid.