Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2011

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AIRPORT HOTELS MAKE CONVENIENT MEETING VENUES BY SOLOMON J. HERBERT II ports designed for large scale traveling. Every airport that deals with pas- senger travel is going to need places they can refer people to who are in search of overnight accommodations. For the business traveler, time and location is everything. Typically con- A ferences and major meetings are held in the inner city or downtown sec- tion of a destination. The ambiance and location is often fitting for the occasion. However, when it comes to saving time and money, especially during tough financial times, airport hotels are proving to be much more convenient and accessible to conference attendees than some of the hotels further away from the airport. Here is a selection of some of the nation's finest airport hotels that are sure to serve as excellent possibilities for holding your next event. Holiday InnĀ® Select Grand Rapids Airport The Holiday InnĀ® Grand Rapids Airport is perfectly poised to make your stay in Grand Rapids a memo- rable one. Always accommodating, this hotel offers a relaxing atmos- phere, convenient location and supe- rior service, whether you're visiting for business or pleasure. Located just minutes away from Gerald R. Ford Airport, the proper- ty offers a more intimate setting to hold smaller functions such as wed- ding parties, reunions and small scale meetings.This hotel is equipped with 148 guest rooms and 2,400 sq. ft. of meeting space that can accommo- 58 Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2011: lmost every country in the world has an airport. Some of them are small regional airports and others are enormous international air- date up to 140 people. You can stay connected during your trip with convenient business features like freeWi-Fi access, an on-site busi- ness center and a free airport shuttle. The hotel's business center offers a wide range of tools to help any business traveler including internet access,print- ing, scanning and faxing services for all guests. The business center is staffed between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. The west Michigan hotel's guests love having the chance to savor break- fast and dinner at Holiday Inn Grand Rapids on-site restaurant and lounge, Grille 29. If you have some spare time swimin the indoor pool, unwind in the

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