Published on Thursday, April 20, 2017
Further Expansion in the Comeback City of Detroit
The recent 2017 Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism focused on the regeneration of Detroit, where the conference was held. In the past few years $11billion worth of investment has been injected into the city leading to dozens of new companies establishing in the downtown area and employing 17,000 people.
Some of the new development currently underway includes Detroit's convention centre, the Cobo Centre which recently completed a $279 million renovation and expansion, resulting in a 30,000 foot atrium with floor to ceiling windows, a TV studio and a new 40,000 square foot ballroom which was the location for Martin Luther King's original 'I have a dream' speech.
To support the state of the art convention centre, Detroit's hotel product is also expanding. Currently, there are nearly 5,000 luxury hotel rooms in the city with many more currently under construction. This will add another 1,000 rooms downtown and 2,800 throughout the region. New hotels include the Foundation Hotel at the site of a former Detroit Firehouse and the first hotel from the worldwide luxury lifestyle brand based in Detroit, Shinola.
Over 100 new restaurants, breweries, distilleries and coffee shops have opened in the last three years. On 12 12 May, the QLine will officially open. This street car system runs 3.3 miles (each way), along the main artery Woodward Avenue, and it will connect all attractions and dining between downtown and midtown.
Larry Alexander, President and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau officially opening the conference commented: "Roughly 19 million people visit here each year and they spend well over $6billion dollars. International visitation has grown substantially with upwards of 2 million visitors coming to Metro Detroit annually from international markets particularly the UK, Canada, Germany and China."
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