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    Neighborhoods
  • 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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Kelsey Helstowski

    Kelsey Helstowski

    National Sales Manager

    AKA: Connection Sparker

    KHelstowski@ExperienceGR.com
    (800) 678-9859 ext. 3546

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    Focus:

    I have the opportunity to share my love of Grand Rapids with National and Regional Meeting Planners involved with the following markets:  Religious, Government, Military, Fraternal Organizations and Agriculture. I look forward to sharing why we are the perfect destination to host a Conference.

    Education:

    Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Hospitality Services Major from Central Michigan University

    Professional Associations:

    RCMA

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    12 Years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    While pledging Alpha Kappa Psi in college I helped plan an event with Hospitality members, the next semester I took an Intro to Hospitality class and was hooked. After college, I spent 6 years in Convention Hotel Sales patiently waiting for an opportunity to move back home to West Michigan and Experience Grand Rapids was the perfect move!

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Anywhere on Lake Michigan, I love the beach!

    One piece of advice or tip you would give to a first time visitor to Grand Rapids?

    Take a walk along the river and spend time enjoying our Food, Beverage, Art & Culture.