The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) is the only organization that promotes metro Detroit regionally, nationally and internationally as a convention, business meeting and tourism destination. To achieve this goal of soliciting and servicing the area’s second-largest industry, the DMCVB works with the Detroit and Windsor area business community, civic organizations and local government offices in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The DMCVB is neither a branch of any government nor a charitable foundation. It is an independent, nonprofit economic development organization which receives its funding from several sources, including: A 2 percent assessment (not a tax) on all hotels and motels with 35 or more transient rooms in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties Membership dues from the corporate ...Read more
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The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) is the only organization that promotes metro Detroit regionally, nationally and internationally as a convention, business meeting and tourism destination.
To achieve this goal of soliciting and servicing the area’s second-largest industry, the DMCVB works with the Detroit and Windsor area business community, civic organizations and local government offices in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
The DMCVB is neither a branch of any government nor a charitable foundation. It is an independent, nonprofit economic development organization which receives its funding from several sources, including:
- A 2 percent assessment (not a tax) on all hotels and motels with 35 or more transient rooms in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties
- Membership dues from the corporate community, private sector, trade and service organizations
Company Name : Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
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19 May 22Expert Hub
Top 10 Reasons to Meet and Play in DetroitDetroit is aptly called the Motor City, and not just because it’s the home ...Read moreTop 10 Reasons to Meet and Play in Detroit - News & announcementsDetroit is aptly called the Motor City, and not just because it’s the home of Ford and Chrysler. It is a destination always on the move. Our businesses, community, and leaders never stop seeking new ways for visitors to better experience the city. Each day is an opportunity for innovation, inspiration, and exploration. No matter when you last visited Detroit, there is something new here now. That drive for constant improvement is something meeting planners can appreciate. For the three days your group is in Detroit, attendees will come together in a way that can only happen here. We know this isn’t just a meeting for you and your organization—this is an experience. Trust us, we have plenty of experience building unique journeys for groups that call us home for their most important gatherings. There are meeting venues that conjure new perspectives needed to develop solutions. Teambuilding opportunities are seemingly at every corner. The dining scene is a cut above the rest, filled with diverse and delicious options for any occasion. All our hard work and stick-to-itiveness are paying off. The team at Visit Detroit and our local hospitality industry are operating in high gear. Visiting groups, companies and organizations get big business done here, but it doesn’t feel like work. Likewise, playtime has a purpose. Attendees walk out of Detroit buzzing with excitement for what the future holds and what they just experienced. Conversations will circle back to your meeting or event here for years to come. It will be a turning point, when the combination of innovation, cohesion, and pure joy accelerated your team’s readiness to meet and surpass objectives. Read on to learn why Detroit is the right place to meet and play.
1. Always Something NewDetroit has loads of history. It didn’t become one of the country’s most iconic destinations by staying stuck in neutral. These days, new offerings are coming so fast that it’s hard to keep track. Among the latest highlights:
- Ford Mobility Innovation District. Want to see how far Detroit has come? A legendary automobile company is developing a walkable addition to Corktown. Built around the famed Michigan Central Station, this 30-acre creation is a testament to forward-thinking. The revitalized Albert Kahn-designed Book Depository will be transformed into a mixed-use maker space offering flexible workspaces, hands-on labs, and innovation studios to spur collaboration—an inspiration for any visiting group. Sustainability measures will abound, as will plentiful green space, trails for biking, scooters, and shuttle transportation to get guests to cafes and shopping options. This is definitely not your father’s Detroit.
- Joe Louis Greenway. This future 27.5-mile trailhead for biking, hiking, and running will be a true connector of the city. It is a symbol of the sort of great transformation many companies seek. We made it a reality by dreaming big. Attendees, already attuned to the benefits of the outdoors, will appreciate this opportunity to break from the meeting room and get a new view of a city they thought they knew.
- Cambria and Godfrey Hotels. These two urban-chic properties put attendees near Huntington Place while offering the amenities any corporate group desires. The Godfrey will include a rooftop bar when it opens in 2023. Both have upscale meeting spaces and fine dining. Cambria debuts this year.
- Hudson’s Site: Bedrock, which has helped attract more than 200 businesses to Detroit, is currently at work on developing a 685-foot tower on the old Hudson’s Department Store site. The new building will feature office space, destination retail, event spaces, public rooftop amenities, and an activated public plaza. Construction is set to be completed in 2023.
2. First-Class Meeting SpacesHuntington Place (formerly TFC Center) is one of the top convention centers for conventions, trade shows, and citywide and sporting events. Among the major events coming soon is Connect Marketplace in August. Its location downtown on the Detroit River is a beauty to behold, but the inside has the goods. The three-story glass atrium adds a natural spotlight to this LEED Gold-certified facility. There are 723,000 square feet of exhibit hall space and 200,000 square feet of flexible event space, as well as four ballrooms and 100 breakout rooms. Planners have no shortage of options, aided by top-of-the-line Wi-Fi, audiovisual equipment, and catering services. Suburban Collection Showplace is the largest privately-owned exposition, conference, and banquet center in Michigan. With 305,000 square feet of exhibit space, associations, corporations, and other organizations all make this a regular home. Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi is conveniently attached to the facility, which includes four ballrooms for private functions and 41 breakout rooms.
3. Out-of-the-Box TeambuildingFrom CSR opportunities to escape rooms, Detroit is built to bring people together. Take advantage of some offerings beyond the norm with teambuilding activities you won’t find in other destinations.
- Detroit Flyhouse Circus School offers just what you think. Attendees will have a blast learning to trapeze and perform other aerial maneuvers involved in the circus arts. But this is not clowning around. Skills learned here to offer a boost in confidence, trust, and interactivity. The school offers group lessons for up to 25 people.
- Detroit HandleBar Pub Tour will really get things moving with scavenger hunts, historic tours, and the ever-popular bar hopping. The company has ten pedal pub bikes, each up to 16 passengers.
- Art in Motion is a great metaphor for how dedication and concentration are rewarded with incredible final results. Groups can create ceramics or enjoy a painting class here.
4. Hotels GalorePlanners can count on all the major hotel brands for intimate and large-scale events here. With 5,000 rooms in downtown Detroit, there is a good fit for each group regardless of the city district most appealing to your program. A boutique boom allows for innovative and memorable gatherings. Historic buildings are finding new life as properties that will add a splash of color to any stay. Consider the rise of Shinola Hotel, The Siren Hotel, Aloft Detroit, and Detroit Foundation Hotel as symbols of what is possible when reconsidering company resources—plus they are great to stay in and near many of the venues you’ll direct attendees to.
5. Buzzing NightlifeCasinos, jazz cafes, and theaters fill the city’s soul. As the home of Motown and the birthplace of techno, Detroit is ready for any music lover’s taste. Our theater district is one of the largest outside Broadway. The Pistons, Red Wings, Lions, and Tigers provide plenty of options year-round for sports enthusiasts too.
6. The Eat Is OnNo destination’s cuisine is cooking quite as hot as Detroit’s these days. Soul food and pizza will always be on the menu here, but how about East African at the acclaimed Baobab Fare (among the city’s amazing establishments owned by Black women) or authentic Argentinian and Latin American cuisine and cocktails at Barda, one of the city’s restaurants recognized by the James Beard Foundation? Memorable and unique meals aside, this food renaissance speaks to our destination’s diversity and inclusion of the many cultures that make Detroit and this country so great. The Detroit Brew Trail will be a popular excursion for visitors eager to get a sampling of craft beers, pubs, and microbreweries.
7. Staying FitBurn off those newly gained calories by taking advantage of many health and fitness opportunities. There is no shortage of outdoor spaces for a relaxing yoga session. A velodrome will intrigue cyclists, and Pilates and fitness centers are nearby any location. Find several intriguing possibilities, including ice skating, here.
8. Rich in CultureHaving played a significant role in the country’s automobile industry, sports scene, the arts community, and more, Detroit’s story is rich and one worth exploring. Give attendees a sense of place by moving receptions and other elements of your event off-site. Our city’s museums celebrate our vibrancy across many different paths.
- The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has for over half a century been a leading institution dedicated to the African American experience. Groups that meet before Aug. 22 have a chance to see the impressive King Tutankhamun exhibit. Several rooms and spaces are available for private rental.
- The Detroit Institute of Arts includes more than 100 galleries, making it one of the country’s premier venues to experience renowned works. It can accommodate 500 attendees for a reception or 350 for a banquet and has 11 meeting rooms to break into small groups.
9. Buildings to BeholdLooking for an interactive experience that will build social media buzz? Create an architecture scavenger hunt. From the Mason Temple to the historic Fox Theatre, Detroit has a collection of buildings well worth visiting. An Instagram-based contest would not only create engagement but also serve as an educational component to your event, complete with a lesson on building long-lasting foundations within your organization.
10. Location and TransportationIn the heart of America’s heartland, Detroit is one of the country’s most accessible destinations, regardless of where your attendees are coming from. As a Delta hub, Detroit Metro Airport has 140 direct flights each day and is only 20 minutes from downtown. Once in town, you don’t need a car. Consider these options:
- The Detroit People Mover is an elevated trail that offers easy transportation downtown.
- The Qline streetcar system travels Woodward Avenue from downtown to Midtown.
- If you’re looking to see the city from ground level, you can rent a bike or scooter.
18 Mar 22Partner News
Detroit Sports Commission to Host “Wrestling Fan Jam”Detroit Sports Commission to Host “Wrestling Fan Jam” during the 2022 NCAA Division I ...Read moreDetroit Sports Commission to Host “Wrestling Fan Jam” - News & announcements
Detroit Sports Commission to Host “Wrestling Fan Jam” during the 2022 NCAA Division I Wrestling ChampionshipsThe Detroit Sports Commission (DSC) is hosting “Wrestling Fan Jam” on Saturday, March 19 from 2-5 p.m. at Cass Technical High School to celebrate the sport of wrestling, share the excitement of the 2022 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships with the Greater Detroit community and support youth wrestling in metro Detroit. This new program is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1 p.m. The event is designed to showcase wrestling to the Detroit community, wrestling community, youth wrestling programs, schools and championships fans. “Wrestling Fan Jam” will provide attendees with a full schedule consisting of activities, exhibits, an autograph session, and sessions, including:
- A conversation with high school and NCAA coaches, including R.J. Boudro, head coach of 9-time state champion Lowell High School, and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Jamill Kelly, as well as University of North Carolina’s assistant coach and others.
- The opportunity to attend a USA Wrestling practice featuring women’s and men’s national team members
- A panel titled “How to Start and Sustain a Successful Wrestling Program” featuring Executive Director of Beat the Streets Detroit Mindy Herrmann, National Wrestling Hall of Fame member and Founder/President of Inner City Wrestling in Miami Wilbert Johnson and others.
- A youth wrestling demonstration on training techniques hosted by the Black Wrestling Association
- Insight on Saturday night’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships match-ups provided by ESPN USA Takedown Analysts Caleb Nemmers and Steve Foster as well as National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Nate Carr.
11 Feb 22NEWS
Detroit keen to lure UK, Irish travellersThe city of Detroit is reaching out to travellers across the pond. Detroit has signalled ...Read moreDetroit keen to lure UK, Irish travellers - News & announcementsThe city of Detroit is reaching out to travellers across the pond. Detroit has signalled commitment to the UK and Irish markets in 2022 to ensure international tourism continues to recover. "We are delighted to be working with our partners in the UK and Ireland on projects to support the travel industry, with opportunities for marketing, supporting events and bringing Detroit to the forefront of the minds of international travellers in this vital market," Jennifer Ollinger the International Marketing Manager at the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau said. This year sees the city marking the next chapter of its regeneration, with the refurbishment and expansion of the Motown Museum nearing a conclusion. It will see the Museum re-opening in time for the mid-summer season. Opening of several brand-new hotels, completion of final phases of the riverfront and the projected completion of the Michigan Central Station redevelopment in Corktown are just some of the highlights over the course of the next several months. "Being able to set a marketing budget is remarkable after the last two years but it demonstrates that the city has serious intentions and values our UK and Irish partners," Ollinger added. "We are excited by some of the opportunities that our representation have developed on our behalf and look forward to welcoming friends old and new to Detroit" The opening up of air corridors into the US following the pandemic and the easing of restrictions make it an ideal time to support travel professionals with training, and co-operative marketing through Detroit's UK and Irish representatives, Cellet Marketing and Public Relations Limited."
05 Oct 21NEWS
Why Detroit will bounce back again post CovidDetroit faces many of the challenges of cities around the world in the post Covid ...Read moreWhy Detroit will bounce back again post Covid - News & announcementsDetroit faces many of the challenges of cities around the world in the post Covid world but they are already on the way to restoring former fortunes. Claud Molinari the CEO of local CVB Visit Detroit explains how and why they will be building back better than before.
09 Mar 20Partner News
Detroit Wins! Conventions and Sports Headed to Detroit![yotuwp type="videos" id="lmtL-JYLU10" ] Visit Detroit today announced a national marketing campaign to highlight more ...Read moreDetroit Wins! Conventions and Sports Headed to Detroit! - News & announcements[yotuwp type="videos" id="lmtL-JYLU10" ] Visit Detroit today announced a national marketing campaign to highlight more than 100 new meetings and sporting events worth $200 million headed to the region this year and beyond. The “Detroit Wins,” campaign was unveiled at Visit Detroit’s Annual Partnership Meeting. The campaign highlights all of the new meetings and sports booked during the COVID-19 pandemic and will consist of advertising in high profile publications such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, beginning next weekend. It will be supported by public relations efforts and more announcements of business that is expected to be finalized throughout the year. Claude Molinari, Visit Detroit president and CEO, said the Detroit Wins campaign is a way of letting other meeting planners and sports organizers know that the city and region are open for business and that other marquee events have shown their confidence by committing to bring their event. “In this next year, we will welcome a huge volume of high profile conventions and sporting events, generating about 103,000 room nights. Two of those events—the American Bus Association and CONNECT–have the potential to bring several more future events because their attendees plan meetings,” Molinari said. Among the other meetings on the books are the Automate Conference, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy, National Science Teaching Association, International Women’s Forum, Women of Color Stem Conference, United States Bowling Congress, Special Olympics and many more. The National Brownfield Training Conference was the most recent booking. Last week, they announced their meeting in Detroit which will draw 36,992 attendees and about 4,900 hotel room nights. Molinari added that the campaign is also intended to encourage local residents to consider bringing their own company meetings as well as their social, fraternal and association meetings to the region. It is not only conventions and sports that are headed to Detroit, Molinari said. The city has gained traction as a popular cruise ship stop on the Great Lakes and will welcome port arrivals in 2022, including Viking Cruise Lines, the largest and most recognized river cruise line. Michigan State Football Head Coach Mel Tucker was the keynote speaker at the Annual Partnership meeting and discussed how to motivate a team, or an organization, and emerge a winner. The meeting also featured three planners from conventions and sports groups headed to Detroit: CONNECT, American Bus Association and NCAA who discussed their upcoming events and how the hospitality community can prepare. For a complete list of conventions and sporting events coming to Detroit, click on www.visitdetroit.com/wins.
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