Q: Why would my colleagues enjoy meeting in Grand Rapids?
A: Grand Rapids, the grand city of Michigan's West Coast, offers all you need to exceed the expectations of your attendees. From DeVos Place convention center and an award winning hotel, to over 60 restaurants, museums and theatres all within a five-minute walk. Championship golf course and world-class beaches are just a short drive away. Your colleagues will experience the fun, service and value, of meeting in Grand Rapids.
Q: Why would I want to have my event in Grand Rapids?
A: Inviting your meeting/tournament to convene in Grand Rapids is an excellent way to show your pride in both Grand Rapids and Michigan. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the region's economy while offering valuable exposure for your local and state-wide members'.
Q: Won't it be a lot of work for me to host my group's convention?
A: It all depends on the group. Some groups only need an invitation from the local chapter, some may provide financial assistance to your local group, and some need the local members to assist with planning and fundraising. Needs differ for each individual group, but together with the Convention & Visitors Bureau's staff you can explore what your group's requirements are.
Q: How will the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) staff help me?
A: The CVB works as your partner in the bid process. We can block the space for large groups at DeVos Place convention center years in advance, obtain proposals with prices and hotel room availability and help with the special needs and requirements of your group. We can also assist with presenting the bid.
Q: What support will the CVB provide after the group is booked?
A: The Convention Services staff will help guide you as you begin to plan your convention. This help ranges from local business referrals for help with audio-visual needs, speakers, transportation, maps, and visitor information to help with planning event programming and tours. Staff is also helpful by providing assistance with attendance building prior to your event.
Q: My local association doesn't have enough members to host a convention?
A: Together we'll help you think more broadly to consider regional or state-wide assistance. Often other nearby chapters will join together with the planning efforts as they gain useful exposure within the larger organization. Sometimes these broader relationships last beyond the actual event.
Q: I'm ready to help, what do I do next?
A: Just provide Experience Grand Rapids with information about your group and its upcoming meetings. Then the CVB will begin the bidding process. This information will allow the CVB to:
research your next open meeting year and start the bid process
gather and compile hotel and meeting facility proposals
make presentations to the decision making committee
arrange site visits for decision makers
We look forward to working together with you to bring your group to Grand Rapids.