Black Meetings and Tourism

July / August 2018

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WITHIN A COUPLE HOURS FLIGHT FROM JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY" THE GREAT LAKES STATE" PROVES TO BE A TOP DESTINATION AMONGST PLANNERS BY REGGIE MURPHY Breathtaking landscapes, urban escapes, unique attractions, a wealth of events and festivals and rich culture – experience them all in Michigan. Find inspiration for your visit on the open road – from scenic routes to rugged trails. From the sand covered to the well traveled. They lead us to the beauty of nature and the beauty of simple pleas- ures. The open road is alive and well, and waiting to take us to Pure Michigan. Whether you are an urban adventurer or an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie or a thrill-seeker, traveling with your family or planning a conference, wedding or family reunion – you are on the brink of coordi- nating an adventure so unique, it can only be classified as Pure Michigan. Cities like Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing all offer their own unique touch, providing planners with plentiful options to choose from when it comes to top- level meeting facilities, entertainment and all the accommodations a traveler could ask for. • • DETROIT • • A city claiming to be a world-class meeting destination better have the infra- structure to back it up. Detroit does. The "Motor City" has a top-ranked airport and convention center, some 5,000 hotel rooms in a lively downtown area with hun- dreds of new restaurants. Detroit under- went some burgeoning new develop- ments, including a multimillion-dollar entertainment district accompanied by a reliable transportation, including the new circulating streetcar. One of Detroit's many unique meeting venues is The Cobo Center. This facility is a full-service 2.4-million-sq. ft. convention center with 723,00 sq. ft. of exhibit space, five exhibit halls, 80 meeting rooms and eight banquet rooms with spectacular river views. Detroit is a destination for everyone, with a ton of not-to-be-missed to-dos no matter your interest or tastes. The Wright Museum provides learning oppor- tunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African-Americans and their African ori- gins. The museum is equipped with eight meeting rooms, a banquet room seating 300, a reception capacity of 500 and a theater capacity of 317. Planners can incorporate an educational experience with a business related event at this venue. Long known as Hitsville USA, the Motown Museum is home of the world- famous Studio A, where The Temptat- ions, Marvin Gaye and countless others recorded with the Funk Brothers. The Motown Museum is a museum tour unlike any other, so be ready to sing and dance while you learn about the Motown greats. From the second you walk through the front door, you'll be greeted with the voices of Motown, and you won't want to leave without stopping in the gift shop to buy a greatest hits CD. You will walk through the actual recording studio where Motown artists recorded some of the greatest songs of all time. Built in 1928 in the tradition of great movie palaces, the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Detroit hosts a variety of events, including Broadway shows, drama, com- edy and musical events, and the annual holiday classic "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular." The Fox Theatre is located in the heart of Detroit's entertainment district, with Comerica Park, Little Caesars Arena and Ford Field all nearby, along with the Fillmore Detroit and the Detroit Opera B M & T ••• July/August 2018 ••• 34 AREA GUIDES M I C H I G A N • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center 1,298 Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport 404 MGM Grand Detroit 400 Hyatt Place Detroit Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace 126 Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront 367 DoubleTree By Hilton – Detroit Novi 148 Roberts Riverwalk Hotel 100 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Cobo Center Total Exhibit Space 723,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 80 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Visit Detroit (800) DETROIT (338-7648) Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Credit: Vist Detroit

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