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Grand Rapids is one of the Midwest's hottest convention cities, hosting groups of all kinds from all areas of the country. Here are a few reasons behind our increasing popularity:
Grand Rapids has the infrastructure of a much larger city. So we have a meeting facility that's just right for you: from our leading-edge convention center in the middle of downtown to dozens of distinctive spaces close to tourist, dining and shopping spots.
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Two major expressways converge in downtown Grand Rapids, making it easily accessible by vehicle. It's a 2 1/2-hour drive from Detroit and 3 hours from Chicago. Chicago visitors can also travel by Amtrak.
Grand Rapids is America's Greenest City. So it's the ideal host for sustainability-focused meetings ... or for any group concerned about the environment.
Our Grand Response™ services team goes the extra mile to help you plan, promote and conduct a memorable meeting. Unlike many other cities, we work hand-in-hand with area hotels and facilities to help coordinate and implement your vision. It's a true team approach - and you're the most valued team member.
A city on the leading edge of art, culture, dining and nightlife. Minutes away from world-class beaches and a lake so vast it feels like the edge of the world. Grand Rapids is jam-packed with fun things to do when the meeting ends.
An expansive public art program has helped make Grand Rapids an international arts destination. We host ArtPrize, the world’s richest art competition. This huge undertaking proves Grand Rapids can deliver a world-class experience – for 250,000 ArtPrize visitors or for your group.
Area museums present some of the nation’s most sought-after touring exhibits, from “Diana – A Celebration” to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” debuting at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in February 2013.
Grand Rapids is just 30 minutes away from Lake Michigan and a spectacular coastline that must be seen to be believed. Condé Nast Traveler called it one of the world’s Top 25 shorelines. Not the United States, not North America, THE WORLD!
Patricia Schultz, author of, "1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” includes Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in her list of 30 Must-See Museums – alongside such celebrated institutions as The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, & The Museum of…