Discover Tourism GR

Do you like working with people? Do you enjoy meeting people from different areas of the country and world? Do you get satisfaction from making people happy?

If so, we invite you to Discover Tourism GR and the many rewards of a hospitality and tourism management (HTM) career in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Discover Tourism GR is a program of Experience Grand Rapids, the Destination Marketing Organization for Grand Rapids/Kent County. We’ve helped position the area as a premier destination for leisure and business travelers, driving record growth in visitor numbers and hotel revenues over the past decade. With that growth comes an ever-increasing need for talented people to work in hotels, restaurants, breweries, bars, nightclubs, concert venues, theaters, stadiums, museums, recreation areas, and all the other places Grand Rapids visitors like to go.

If you’re looking for a career that’s fast-paced, flexible, and far removed from a stuffy corporate environment, we invite you to explore these pages and consider launching your HTM career in Grand Rapids.

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Experience Grand Rapids

Why should you build a career and a life in Grand Rapids? Because it’s a great place to work and live. You don’t have to take our word for it, see what the experts have to say:

  • Top 15 Place to Live for Quality of Life (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
  • #2 Most Beautiful & Affordable City to Live in the U.S. (Travel + Leisure, 2023)
  • Top 10 City for Young Female Professionals (Pheabs, 2023)
  • 1 of 6 Ecologically Responsible Destinations for Earth Day (, 2023)
  • #1 U.S. City for Millennial Home Ownership (Apartment List, 2023)
  • 1 of 6 Unexpected Destinations Full of Black History (Essence, 2023)
  • #5 Most Neighborly City in America (, 2022)
  • #6 Best City for First-Time Homebuyers (SmartAsset, 2022)
  • #1 Best Place to Raise a Family (, 2022)
  • America’s Best Beer City (USA Today, 2023)
  • America’s #1 Sculpture Park (USA Today, 2023)
  • Top 20 Foodie City (WalletHub, 2021)
  • #2 Best New Restaurant of 2021 (USA Today)
  • Top 15 Best USA Lake Beach (Fodor’s Travel, 2023)

Are you interested in more information about Discover Tourism? Do you have questions about the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism? We'd love to hear from you!