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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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    On-Site Services

    We want to make sure you and your attendees get the most outof your time here, both inside and outside your event. The Convention ServicesTeam can help you with hospitality arrangements and resource connections, whileour cutting-edge visitor tools empower attendees to explore the area withconfidence and ease.

    Convention Attendee Discounts

    We can provide you with copies of our Dining Deals Map, Shopping Deals Map, or provide you copies of a customized Welcome Sheet for your attendees. Attendees can receive discounts at many restaurants and attractions simply by showing their conference badge.

    GR City Twist

    GR City Twist is the best digital tool for exploring Grand Rapids. This mobile-friendly site showcases 18 different categories of interest ranging from "chic shopper" to "family fun" to "knowledge chaser" and beyond. Upon visiting the site, you'll find a wheel featuring the 18 interests, and you can give it a twist to start planning your visit.  You simply twist the wheel, choose a favorite and you get a list of placesto savor and explore. You get choices, details, directions and more. Your attendees can visit while in town to get a Grand Rapids experience personalized just for them.

    Temporary Staffing Support

    Perhaps you need some extra staff to help make your conference run smoothly while you're in Grand Rapids. This link will connect you to a list of service providers that can support that need.

    Information Table

    We can set up an information table at your event, near your registration area, supplied with visitor guides, maps, attraction brochures, etc.

    Volunteer Ambassadors

    We can staff the Grand Rapids information table with volunteers to assist your attendees with directions during the first day or two of your conference. Many of our volunteers are CTA certified to make your attendees experience in Grand Rapids the best it can be.


    We can help support your group finding their way to the conference and meeting room locations. You can also view the PDF of where we suggest you place signage in the Skywalk or DeVos Place Convention Center.

    Dining Alert

    If you are planning a large event or conference, where your attendees are going to be on their own for meals, we are able to send out a dining alert to the downtown Grand Rapids restaurants to ensure adequate staffing. Welcome signs, with your conference or event name printed on them, are also mailed to the restaurants and are hung in windows welcoming your attendees.

    Airport Welcome

    The visitor information center at Gerald R. Ford International airport is a great place to greet your attendees when they arrive. Conventions and Corporate Groups can utilize this area to welcome guests coming into town.

    Contact the Convention Services Team for more information at