Ann Arbor is, no doubt, a distinctive destination for all kinds of visitors — couples looking for a weekend getaway, groups in need of meeting space that is both functional and inspiring, solo travelers looking for an adventure, and brides and grooms searching for the perfect place to tie the knot.
It’s clear why. The Ann Arbor area is the state’s rare jewel: a mid-sized, friendly town with big-city sophistication; a world-class educational and high-tech research center nestled in a quintessential college town; a close-knit community of charming neighborhoods with a rich mix of cultures. Perhaps most renowned for its globally-inspired cultural offerings, Ann Arbor boasts exclusive art exhibits, performances by jazz legends, more than 30 independent bookstores, dozens of eccentric galleries, and a variety of top-notch museums all within the downtown area. More than 300 restaurants sit within a 20-mile radius of Ann Arbor, including the legendary Zingerman’s Deli.
For meeting and event planners (or engaged couples) on the hunt for the perfect venue, Ann Arbor is the ideal locale. Only 20 minutes from the award-winning Detroit Metro Airport, and a top dining destination in the Midwest - and with one-of-a-kind attractions like the Michigan Stadium (the largest stadium in the United States and second largest in the world) and the there’s plenty for attendees and guests to enjoy in and around the city. With unique and historic meeting spaces like the Yankee Air Museum (and adjacent WWII Bomber Plant) and Ann Arbor Art Center, the Ann Arbor area has the perfect amenities for conferences, groups, and weddings. Imagine - a trade show at a world-class athletic facility, a board meeting in a restored Farmhouse, or a wedding in an eclectic art museum. Here in Ann Arbor, we can make it happen!
And, meeting planners bringing groups to Ann Arbor should take full advantage of the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau sales staff. Representatives of the CVB are available to assist with complimentary planning and research assistance, facilitation of hotel proposals and room blocks, site tours and networking event recommendations, welcome materials for attendees, and more.
In 2016, Forbes published a list of the top 10 most stressful jobs in America. Once again, meeting planners and event coordinators were ranked among the top alongside firefighters, police officers, pilots and enlisted military. The article credits this to the need for these professionals to react to anything - both literal and figurative fires.
Here at the Ann Arbor Area CVB, we get it. We understand the pressures meeting planners are under to ensure a flawless event from conception to debrief. That is why we’re here to help. Relying on our experienced, understanding, and helpful CVB staff is the one thing planners and group leaders can do to take their events to the next level.
To speak to a sales staff member at the CVB, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 734-995-7281.
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