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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Staff - Andrea Robyns

    Andrea Robyns

    Andrea Robyns

    Marketing Technology Director

    AKA: Digital Daredevil
    (616) 459-8287 ext. 3550

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    Marketing, website, social media, development of Experience Grand Rapids support materials, Experience Grand Rapids brand and logo use and project manage special projects.


    Bachelor of Arts with a Major of Advertising - Michigan State University, Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA)

    Professional Associations:

    Grand Rapids Social Marketing, Destination Marketing Association International, Simpleview WEB User Group

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    22 years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    My first job was cleaning hotel rooms at Point West, a resort in Holland, MI. My first job after college was marketing travel destinations for Carlson Wagonlit Travel (travel agency). I've spent that last 14 years with Experience Grand Rapids - marketing our great destination!

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Disneyland with my family. 

    One piece of advice or tip you would give to a first time visitor to Grand Rapids?

    Oh, just one?  If you're traveling with kids, make sure you visit the John Ball Zoo - it's a great urban zoo that the kids will love (and not get too tired exploring)! Also, make time for the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park - their Lena Meijer Children's Garden is perfect for kids - and don't forget to bring a change of clothes (the Great Lakes Garden is fun to splash in)!

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    Spending time with my husband and 3 girls - traveling and enjoying all of Michigan's seasons (the warmer ones in particular).