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Grand Rapids, Mich. -- The Grand Rapids Pure Michigan marketing partnership continues to attract new visitors to Grand Rapids. Longwoods, Intl., the same firm who evaluates the impact of the Pure Michigan campaign for Michigan, surveyed visitors and analyzed the impact to Grand Rapids from its 2014 Pure Michigan TV commercial....more
Grand Rapids, Mich. - Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR), the area's official destination marketing organization, announced today that it has been awarded the 2014 Governor's Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration in the Tourism Marketing/Promotion category. The award was presented by the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan on behalf of the Michigan Travel Commission during the Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner, which was scheduled in conjunction with the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism held this year in Grand Rapids....more
2/4/2015 EXPERIENCE GRAND RAPIDS INVITES LOCAL ARTISTS TO ENTER FIRST EVER ART OUTDOOR “MY GRAND RAPIDS” BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN Winners’ art will be featured on billboards throughout Michigan during the summer of 2015
Grand Rapids, Mich.—Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR), the area’s official destination marketing organization, is inviting local artists to enter a “My Grand Rapids” design for its Art Outdoor billboard campaign to promote Grand Rapids as a travel destination. This is the first time EXGR has asked local artists to participate in a billboard marketing campaign....more
1/29/2015 2014 WAS RECORD YEAR FOR GRAND RAPIDS AREA CONVENTION & TOURISM BUSINESS Experience Grand Rapids expects continued growth in 2015
Grand Rapids, Mich. - Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR), the area's official destination marketing organization, has announced that 2014 was a record-breaking year for area hotel room revenue. After a great year, EXGR is confident that 2015 will be another record year for the convention and tourism industry in Kent County as hotel room revenue is projected to grow another 5 percent over the next 12 months....more
11/20/2014 2014 WAVE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Eight hospitality employees recognized for outstanding service in Kent County
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (November 20, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR) and the Kent County Lodging Association (KCLA) today announced the 2014 winners of the 6th Annual Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) Awards - a program that recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry....more
11/3/2014 ELEPHANT WHIRLPOOL UNVEILED - Adonna Khare to join GRAM for Annual Member Party
GRAND RAPIDS, MI, November 3, 2014 - The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is excited to announce that Adonna Khare, winner of ArtPrize 2012, will be joining its members at the Annual Member Party on November 4, 2014. GRAM will unveil Elephant Whirlpool, its new acquisition from Adonna Khare, to its members at 7:00 pm that evening. "We began serious discussions with Adonna about acquiring one of her works for our permanent collection back in August of 2013," said Director & CEO Dana Friis-Hansen....more
10/28/2014 Experience Grand Rapids Announces Final Results for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (October 28, 2014) - A celebration luncheon was held today to honor Restaurant Week Grand Rapids restaurants, restaurant chefs, and sponsors, and to announce four scholarship winners from Grand Rapids Community College's Secchia Institute for Culinary Education who received financial assistance from Restaurant Week donations. More than 60 participating restaurants donated $1 from Restaurant Week meals sold during the August 2014 event and a total check for $18,019 was presented to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC, growing the fund to an impressive $92,689 from 2010 to 2014 since Restaurant Week Grand Rapids began five years ago....more
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (September 22, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced today the booking of the Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) in 2015. This booking results in 250 attendees and 250 room nights in Kent County, producing a total business sale of $245,779.46. This group will hold its conference June 1-3, 2015....more
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (September 12, 2014) - The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today that ArtPrize, (September 24 - October 12, 2014), has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that ArtPrize offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA....more
8/25/2014 Grand Cocktail competition 2014 Winners Announced
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 25, 2014)-Restaurant Week Grand Rapids had a great run again this year with 12 days of Restaurant Week dining and 3-course creative menus for $28 at Grand Rapids area restaurants. Restaurant Week Grand Rapids helps expose area residents and visitors to the many unique dining locations within the Greater Grand Rapids community. This year, more than 60 restaurants participated in the event. Experience Grand Rapids wishes to thank the many restaurants, supporters and restaurant week patrons for participating in the event this year....more
8/20/2014 Grand Rapids Restaurants are Showing Early Strong Business Results During Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 20, 2014) - Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 is at its half way mark with six more days to go. Many restaurants are showing strong business results for this popular foodie event in its 5th year....more
8/17/2014 Winners of Grand Cocktail Competition will be announced on Saturday, August 23 during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 17, 2014)-Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Competition winners will be announced at an outdoor Bourbon BBQ event at The B.O.B. in Downtown Grand Rapids on August 23 at 4:30 p.m. The Grand Cocktail competition is a part of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, which takes place throughout Greater Grand Rapids at 31 out of over 60 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week GR....more
8/13/2014 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Opens Tonight for 12 Days of Spectacular Dining Out
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 13, 2014) - The Public can dine out on 3-courses for $28 at over 60 Participating Restaurants from August 13 - 24 starting tonight. The 5th Annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will kick off for 12 days of great dining out at Grand Rapids' best restaurants....more
Experience Grand Rapids will launch Restaurant Week Grand Rapids with a special kickoff event, a Guess-the-Ingredients Contest, testing the taste buds of community leaders and local media personalities. Each contestant will receive a dish made by Grand Rapids Community College's Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and will need to identify as many ingredients as possible in the dish, within three minutes. The winner will claim the inaugural title: "Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Taste Master"....more
8/4/2014 Grand Cocktail 2014, a part of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, returns with a "Live Judged Competition" between Local Mixologists and Bartenders at The Heritage Restaurant at GRCC this Tuesday, August 5 from noon to 4 p.m.
Grand Rapids, MI - (August 4, 2014) - Grand Rapids Area Media are invited to attend the Grand Cocktail 2014 "Judged Competition" featuring 20 finalists from area restaurants who are participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Grand Cocktail 2014 competition. The competition will be held this Tuesday August 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Heritage Restaurant at GRCC (The Heritage Restaurant is operated by The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.) See list of finalists below....more
8/1/2014 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Kicks off "People's Choice Voting" for "Grand Cocktail 2014" competition on August 5th
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 1, 2014)- With Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 beginning in two weeks, Experience Grand Rapids is rolling up to the event with one of the many tasting activities to begin this year's foodie celebration....more
7/16/2014 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Today Announces 2014 Mouthwatering 3-course Locally Inspired Menus on
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (July 16, 2014) - Four weeks from today, the 5th Annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will kick off for 12 days of great dining out in Grand Rapids. The event takes place from Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 66 of Grand Rapids' best restaurants. "Perfect Pairings" is the theme for Restaurant Week GR 2014. Janet Korn, Sr. Vice President of Experience Grand Rapids says, "This year's theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase different beverages that pair well with different foods. Restaurants have been encouraged to pair their food selections with wine, beer, spirits or coffee that complement each of their courses. We are happy to see that some restaurants are doing this and supporting our beverage partners."...more
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 14, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, today announced the creation of This online store provides the community with a one-stop destination for official apparel and merchandise from BeerCityUSA, ArtPrize, Laughfest and GR&®. GR&® (pronounced grand) is making its debut to the public. This brand is a creative way to promote the town and its many "grand" things to experience....more
This summer, a new event is cruising to Grand Rapids and you're invited to share in the news. Join us as we reveal a one-of-a-kind event complete with county wide activities featuring national cable television celebrities and special events raising money for the community....more