A Turnaround for Detroit?

By Rejuvenate Staff, June 5, 2014

Meetings business is up for the Motor City in 2014, according to the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, whose new marketing campaign is themed “America’s Great Comeback City.” The DMCVB says bookings are up 208 percent for 2014 and 2015, with 236,000 confirmed room nights in 2014 compared to 129,000 in 2013. Larry Alexander, president and CEO of the DMCVB, attributes this increase in part to the expansion of the Cobo Center (shown) and new private investment in the city. “The hospitality industry has gone through much adversity over the past few years, but we’ve made the turn,” Alexander says. Faith-based conventions of note in Detroit for 2014 include the Nation of Islam The Saviours’ Day in February, the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses International District Assembly in June and July, and the Islamic Society of North America Annual Convention in August and September.

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