Flights of Flavor Giveaway Now thru July 31

In celebration of the one year anniversary of Flights of Flavor - we're giving away a Flights of Flavor experience - including hotel, gift cards and swag!

Enter to Win!

The WAVE Awards

The WAVE Awards, standing for Way Above Visitor Expectations, were created to recognize excellence in hospitality in Grand Rapids and Kent County. Every day, service providers create a positive experience for guests and residents, and it is the goal of the WAVE Awards that the hard work and dedication of these individuals is truly noticed. WAVE Award Logo


The mission of the WAVE (Way Above Visitor Expectations) Awards is to recognize outstanding service providers in the Kent County hospitality industry. This annual awards program is sponsored by Experience Grand Rapids and other community supporters.

Nomination Process

One award will be presented in each of the following six categories:

  • Restaurants/Breweries
  • Lodging- less than 150 Rooms
  • Lodging- 150+ Rooms
  • Retail & Service
  • Attractions/Events
  • Volunteer in Hospitality

Nominations are now closed. 2020 Nominations will open in August of 2020. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and recognized at the WAVE Awards. Employers, nominees and guests are all encouraged to attend this event.

Please help us recognize those individuals who make Grand Rapids and Kent County a great place to visit and enjoy. Questions may be directed to (616) 233-3577 or waveaward@experiencegr.com.