Destination Update: DETROIT

America’s great comeback story: Detroit is experiencing expansion and renewal like never before.

So why should you consider Detroit for your future meetings now? Take a look below to learn about what’s on the horizon.

Affordability and Accessibility

Home to 40,000 competitively priced hotel rooms, and the recently renovated Cobo Center exposing the brand new Grand Riverview Ballroom (40,000 square feet) and Atrium (30,000 square feet), Detroit is ready to ramp up their focus on meetings and conventions coming to the city.  As it is in somewhat of a rebuilding phase and there’s still some hesitation with booking the city for meetings, rates are quite reasonable.

Additionally, Detroit is located within just a 90-minute flight of 60% of the U.S. population.

Creative Urban Development

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Detroit as the first “City of Design” to be recognized as such in the United States. This privilege comes as part of the Creative Cities Network, designed to promote the particular cities that are aiming to incorporate creativity into their urban developement strategy. A total of 116 cities are currently part of this worldwide portfolio.

The Detroit Greenways Coalition has created a city-wide trail system that plans to connect as much of Detroit as possible through walking and biking pathways. Their major project is the Inner Circle Greenway, which is a 26-mile pathway surrounding Detroit and through to Hamtramck, Highland Park, and Dearborn. It is dedicated only to non-motorized modes of transportation.

The M-1 Rail will be comprised of six modern streetcars that plans to transport over 6,000 riders on a daily basis between its 20 stations. The M-1 Rail is supported by a public-private sponsorship, and as an example, Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. has backed the construction of the QLine (a streetcar linking Detroit along Woodward Avenue).  This mode of transportation is projected to begin to be up and running by the end of 2016 with additional portions coming on in early 2017.

 

Find more information on holding meetings in Detroit here.

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