Why Meet in Grand Rapids, Michigan?

Because Grand Rapids is a destination crafted for meetings. All the elements come together here to offer meeting planners and attendees a one-of-a-kind experience. That includes an unprecedented level of cooperation between our public, private and nonprofit sectors to support your event. The entire community is invested in your success!

We can accommodate groups of all sizes and needs in our downtown convention neighborhood:

  • Convention center with 162,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall, 40,000 sq. ft. ballroom and 26 meeting rooms.
  • 3 hotels (1,200+ rooms) connected to the convention center by skywalk; 11 additional downtown hotels offer 1,300+ rooms.
  • Award-winning airport served by seven carriers with nonstop flights to 30+ destinations, located just 20 minutes from downtown. 

Hundreds more hotels and meeting spaces throughout Kent County give you additional planning flexibility.

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Search thousands of available hotel rooms located near event spaces throughout Grand Rapids and Kent County. Filter by square footage, number of rooms, capacity and location. View floor plans and compare options side by side.

Choose Grand Rapids for the most experienced, creative and personalized assistance in support of your event. From planning to attendance-building to on-site services, our team will surpass your every expectation.

The city and its surrounding region have built one of the most successful economies in the U.S. over the past decade – and it’s fueled an unprecedented surge in capital expenditures. Here are just a few examples of recent investments.

Grand Rapids named one of the Midwest's Best Convention Cities for 2022
- Travmar/MeetingSource.com November 2022

Meeting Minds Blog


Grand Rapids' Airport is Full of Art

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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA, or GRR as it is known locally) became home to an…

Planner's Toolbox

Shopping Stores Near the Convention Center

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One of the joys of meeting in a new city is the opportunity to explore local shops and discover…

Expert Voices

Our Talented and Experienced Team

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With more than 160 years of combined meetings industry experience, our sales and service staffers…


Looking for walkability? Try Grand Rapids

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Downtown Grand Rapids is walkable – one of the top 14 walkable destinations in the U.S…


Tips and Benefits of Offsite Meetings

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You know the drill. There's a meeting, there's a budget, and you need to find the most…

Still looking for reasons to bring your meeting to Grand Rapids?

Your attendees can experience a safe, walk able destination filled with amazing attractions and things to do, excellent craft beer and beverages, tasty dining options and not to mention, easy to get to.

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