Meeting and event planners know that a successful conference needs more than educational seminars and good food. The Convention Service Team knows how to maximize the attendee experience for your conference and has these helpful planning tools to help.
The Grand Rapids Event Guidebook (GREG)
A guide for first time planners to help them develop a successful meeting from day one of planning to the event taking place.
Use this list to find affordable and reliable service providers in Grand Rapids to help with your event.
Attendees need to be able to navigate their way around the town, these various maps will help them get around every part of Grand Rapids, including the skywalk!
You might be interested in using the calendar of events to find out whatelse is happening in town during your conference or event.
Whether your attendees are flying or driving to Grand Rapids, this travel information will help them navigate their way.
Grand Rapids gives a meeting or event planner a chance to think outside of the box and hold a reception outside the meeting and conference space in places like a baseball stadium, art gallery, or even a courtyard with a 24 foot bronze horse. Planners know that getting out of the conference space not only opens discussion, it opens eyes to what Grand Rapids has to offer. The Convention Services Team loves to share the unique spaces that make Grand Rapids so fun for our planners. Use this Facility Database to narrow your search of off-site locations.
Grand Rapids is a great town to explore. The Convention Services Team can offer assistance with tours, customized itineraries, and more.
Site Visit and Transportation Coordination
Utilize our Convention Services Team to help make your event the most successful it can be. Set up a site visit to come see your meeting venue and the city before your event takes place. Or, if you are planning on moving your group to different activities and events throughout the city, our team can help with transportation coordination.
Official Welcome Letters
Personalized letters of welcome to your attendees from the area Mayor and President of Experience Grand Rapids.
The best team building can happen when it’s not about the team. A shared, active experience with positive goals can be fun and energizing for attendees and have a beneficial impact on the environment or residents of your host city. View the link for a list of Community Service Organizations based in Grand Rapids.
There could potentially be road construction taking place while your group is here. Plan ahead by utilizing our roadwork updates page to find out if any of your attendees will be re-routed.
Contact the Convention Services Team for more information at Services
Planning Tips for Meeting Planners
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