travel http://michiganradio.org en This interactive map shows why people stay in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/interactive-map-shows-why-people-stay-michigan <p>For the last two weeks, people in Michigan have shared their reasons for staying in the state.</p><p>We asked people to publish images that capture why they stay after a Gallup poll showed that 37% of us would rather live somewhere else.</p><p>This was a project with 10 other public radio stations spread across the country. We all asked our audience members to use the hashtag #whyIstay when sharing a picture.</p><p>Thousands of people shared their reasons for living where they do.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:42:42 +0000 Mark Brush 17737 at http://michiganradio.org This interactive map shows why people stay in Michigan Why do you stay in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-you-stay-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bad roads, the Rust Belt, the largest city in bankruptcy: These are some of the negative visions that people have of Michigan.&nbsp;</span></p><p>A recent Gallup Poll showed that only 28% of Michiganders said Michigan was the best or one of the best possible states to live in.&nbsp;</p><p>But you're still here.</p><p>Why?</p><p>That's the question Michigan Radio is asking as part of our Why I Stay project.&nbsp;</p><p>Mark Brush of Michigan Radio is running it, and he joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:29:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17719 at http://michiganradio.org Why do you stay in Michigan? Here are 100 reasons why people stay in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/here-are-100-reasons-why-people-stay-michigan <p>Last Friday, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-you-stay-michigan-whyistay">we asked people</a> to share a photo that represents why they stay in Michigan.</p><p>So far, people have shared thousands of photos and tweets using the hashtag #whyIstay.</p><p>Public radio stations all over the country are asking their communities the same question. <a href="http://hashtagwhyistay.tumblr.com/">Here's a collection</a> showing all the responses.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:13:58 +0000 Mark Brush 17620 at http://michiganradio.org Here are 100 reasons why people stay in Michigan "Tin Can Tourists" hold 17th annual gathering in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/tin-can-tourists-hold-17th-annual-gathering-michigan <p></p><p>They call themselves the Tin Can Tourists. They're folks who celebrate the travel trailer – the vintage travel trailers – the kind that grandma and grandpa might have used.</p><p>This weekend the Tin Can Tourists are holding their 17th annual gathering at Camp Dearborn in Milford.</p><p>Forrest Bone is the head of the Tin Can Tourists. And he told us today that his group actually dates back to 1919.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview with above.</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 01:43:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 17610 at http://michiganradio.org "Tin Can Tourists" hold 17th annual gathering in Michigan France has a travel advisory for those traveling to Detroit and other US cities http://michiganradio.org/post/france-has-travel-advisory-those-traveling-detroit-and-other-us-cities <p>The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs <a href="http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays/etats-unis-12311/">issued a warning </a>to French tourists traveling to the United States.&nbsp;</p><p>The security recommendations cite Detroit as a city whose "center is not recommended after the close of business."</p><p>Other cities included on the advisory list were: Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Houston, St. Louis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and the entire state of Florida.</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:45:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15343 at http://michiganradio.org France has a travel advisory for those traveling to Detroit and other US cities Pure Michigan brings pure economic benefits to the state http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-brings-pure-economic-benefits-state <p>Bridge Magazine published <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/02/1-billion-economic-impact-that%E2%80%99s-pure-michigan/">an article</a> this week that shows the scale and value of Michigan's tourism sector.</p><p>Contributor Jeff Alexander writes the sector accounts for $17.7 billion of Michigan's $300 billion-plus economy.</p><p>Citing state tourism data, Alexander writes since it's launch in 2006,&nbsp; t<a href="http://www.michigan.org/">he Pure Michigan campaign</a> has helped attract out of state visitors by focusing on the states natural beauty and historic attractions.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:05:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11308 at http://michiganradio.org Pure Michigan brings pure economic benefits to the state Stateside: Pure Michigan's history of allure http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-pure-michigans-history-allure <p>The Pure Michigan campaign is credited with attracting 3.2 million out-of-state visitors to Michigan.</p><p>It is an effective campaign with a surprisingly long history.</p><p>Michael Federspiel, executive director of the Little Traverse Historical Society and history professor at Central Michigan University spoke with Cyndy about the Pure Michigan of the past.</p><p>According to Federspiel, Northern Michigan was faced with reconstructing its image</p><p>“It was an area looking for an identity,” said Federspiel.</p><p>The major message of 19<sup>th</sup> century promotional campaigns was a combination of relaxation and exploration.</p><p>“During those years when the railroads were in charge of publicity, they would create booklets that would be in hotels and railroad stations. They would point to Northern Michigan where you could be very active, or not active at all. The Pure Michigan campaign targets non-Michiganians,” said Federspiel.</p><p>According to Federspiel,&nbsp; in 1898 <a href="http://mihemingwaytour.org/">Ernest Hemingway's family</a> decided to come to<a href="http://www.petoskeymuseum.org/"> Petoskey</a> and bought property. The <a href="http://michiganhemingwaysociety.org/">Hemingway family</a> still owns that original cottage.</p><p>“You have resort communities that were founded in the 1870’s that were places people came to spend the season.”</p><p><em>There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty</em>"</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8746/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of the entire show</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of each segment</em> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:12:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10226 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Pure Michigan's history of allure Michigan State University study finds Americans don't like to haggle online http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-study-finds-americans-dont-haggle-online <p>More than a million Michiganders will be traveling during the Fourth of July holiday period. Many of them made hotel reservations online.</p><p>A Michigan State University professor says making online hotel reservations is an unsatisfactory experience for many people.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 03:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8102 at http://michiganradio.org 'Pure Michigan' campaign brings $1 billion to businesses http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-campaign-brings-1-billion-businesses <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YbJjZkv6P8">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YbJjZkv6P8</a></p><p>(I&#39;m partial to the Grand Rapids video... but <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YbJjZkv6P8">there&#39;s lots more here</a>.)</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganadvantage.org/cm/files/reports/longwoods2011advertisingevaluation.pdf">A new report shows</a> the <a href="http://www.michigan.org/">Pure Michigan campaign </a>drove a record one billion dollars into the state&rsquo;s economy last spring and summer. That&rsquo;s almost twice as much as the spring and summer of 2010 (it was $605 million then).</p><p>&ldquo;This is the biggest result ever for the campaign,&rdquo; said George Zimmermann, director of the state&rsquo;s tourism group, Travel Michigan. &ldquo;The results just every year are a little better, little better; now this year is a pretty big jump,&rdquo; George Zimmermann said. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:30:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6800 at http://michiganradio.org Memories of Michigan: State's nature and cities create connection http://michiganradio.org/post/memories-michigan-states-nature-and-cities-create-connection <p>Over the weekend, we posted this question to the Michigan Radio Facebook community.</p><p><em><strong>&quot;What&rsquo;s a personal memory you have that has some kind of connection to Michigan?&quot;</strong></em></p><p>The answers show how the state&#39;s unique character gets into our blood, and why so many people feel at peace and at home in Michigan:</p><p><strong>Jennifer</strong> - Being 6 years old and digging a tunnel in the snow to get out of the front door of our little house in Carson City during the blizzard of 1978.</p><p><strong>John</strong> - First time I stood on Deadman&#39;s Hill &amp; looked out over the East Jordan River Valley.</p><p><strong>Dani</strong> - Several years back, I took a nap in a massive willow tree on the bank of the Au Sable River in Lovells. That tree is absolutely amazing, probably my favorite spot to be in the entire world. Once you climb into it, there&#39;s a sort of landing in the tree. I was able to stretch out fully and sleep comfortably while listening to the soft sounds of nature around me. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:22:37 +0000 Mark Brush 6599 at http://michiganradio.org Memories of Michigan: State's nature and cities create connection Michigan to Wisconsin: Hands off our mitten image http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wisconsin-hands-our-mitten-image <p>In a fight over mittens, the gloves have come off.</p><p>Michigan and Wisconsin are tussling over which state can rightly lay claim to using mittens in their public-relations and tourism campaigns.</p><p>Michiganders, who have long nicknamed the state&rsquo;s lower peninsula &ldquo;The Mitten,&rdquo; for its similar shape to a hand, have <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111207/NEWS06/111207010/Battle-mittens-Wisconsin-infringing-Michigan-s-mitten-rights-new-tourism-campaign-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">taken good-natured umbrage to a new campaign</a> launched by Wisconsin&rsquo;s Department of Tourism, which uses a knit-brown mitten to represent the shape of the state.</p><p>Wisconsin began using the new image in tourism campaigns on Dec. 1, and tells the <em>Detroit Free Press</em> it follows up on an earlier seasonal campaign that used an image of a leaf shaped like the state in the fall. A Wisconsin Department of Tourism spokesperson tells the newspaper that people in Wisconsin consider their state mitten-shaped as well.</p><p>Dave Lorenz, who manages public relations for the state of Michigan, tells the <em>Free Press</em> that, &ldquo;We understand their mitten envy. But there is only one mitten state, only one Great Lakes state.&rdquo; Wed, 07 Dec 2011 21:43:59 +0000 Pete Bigelow 5288 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan to Wisconsin: Hands off our mitten image Michigan's fall foliage season reaches its peak http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-fall-foliage-season-reaches-its-peak <p>Michigan&rsquo;s fall foliage tourism business has been enjoying an unusually good fall season.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Clear skies and warm temperatures have been keeping the leaves on the trees longer and tourists coming.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>David Lorenz is with Travel Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says the state&rsquo;s travel website has seen an uptick in people visiting in recent weeks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4585 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's fall foliage season reaches its peak New airport screening measures start today at some airports http://michiganradio.org/post/new-airport-screening-measures-start-today-some-airports <p>Keep your shoes on.</p><p>No need to take off that belt or jacket.</p><p>And keep that laptop and your toiletries in your bag.</p><p>That&#39;s the new reality for some passengers going through security today at Detroit Metro Airport.</p><p>Detroit Metro is one of four airports where new screening measures are being tested by the <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/escreening.shtm">U.S. Transportation Security Administration</a> (Atlanta, Dallas, and Miami are the other airports).</p><p>The new system pre-screens passengers who volunteered for the program. Information on these passengers is cross-checked with other databases by the TSA to determine their risk level.</p><p>From the TSA&#39;s <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/press/releases/2011/1004.shtm">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;As TSA moves further away from a one-size-fits-all approach, our ultimate goal is to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,&rdquo; said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. &ldquo;By learning more about travelers through information they voluntarily provide, and combining that information with our other layers of security, we can focus more resources on higher-risk and unknown passengers. This new screening system holds great potential to strengthen security while significantly enhancing the travel experience whenever possible for passengers.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111004/NEWS05/111004004/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that passengers have already seen the benefits, some passing through security in less than one minute.</p><p>Some frequent fliers with Delta and American Airlines were contacted and asked to sign up for the pilot program. Members of the &quot;Trusted Traveler Program&quot; with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection can also participate.</p><p>TSA officials say the program might be expanded in the future.</p><p>If you would like to participate in the pilot, you can contact Delta or American Airlines (if you participate in their frequent flier programs) and try to opt-in , or you can try signing up for the &quot;Trusted Traveler&quot; program <a href="http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/trusted_traveler/">online</a>. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:19:00 +0000 Mark Brush 4436 at http://michiganradio.org New airport screening measures start today at some airports Bringing a horse to water, and water to Haiti http://michiganradio.org/post/bringing-horse-water-and-water-haiti <p>This is not your typical road trip. Brandy and Ashley Nelsey, sisters from West Branch, will be traveling across the country on horseback and raising money for the Haiti Water Project along the way. Jennifer White spoke with Brandy Nelsey about what inspired the trip.</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 21:46:33 +0000 Jennifer White & Michigan Radio Newsroom 4096 at http://michiganradio.org Bringing a horse to water, and water to Haiti Pure Michigan ad campaign for fall gets underway http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-ad-campaign-fall-gets-underway <p><em>&quot;Get up. Get out. And go see something we&#39;ll remember for the rest of our lives.&quot;</em></p><p>So says the new <a href="http://www.michigan.org/Topics/Pure-Michigan-Ads/Default.aspx#Pure-Michigan---Fall">radio ad</a> from Pure Michigan urging people to get outside and take in the fall colors in Michigan.</p><p>The ad is part of a TV and radio campaign that runs through mid-October according to the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110908/NEWS06/110908035/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The budget is $2.4 million.</p><p>Among the new radio ads promoting Michigan tourism feature Holland and St. Ignace. They&#39;ll run in-state plus in Fort Wayne, Toledo and South Bend.</p><p>Other targets for &quot;Pure Michigan&quot; ads this fall are the good citizens of Chicago, Indianapolis, several Ohio cities, Milwaukee and Green Bay.</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s the television ad. Effective?</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWzJFiAbi98 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 17:29:06 +0000 Mark Brush 4076 at http://michiganradio.org Pure Michigan ad campaign for fall gets underway Improving Train Travel http://michiganradio.org/post/improving-train-travel <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-977766.mp3</p><p>Here&rsquo;s the problem with selling people on local mass transit: Everyone is in favor of it, and everyone thinks that everybody else should take it. Everybody, except for them, that is.</p><p>You understand, I really need to take my private car, because&nbsp; uh, I might have an important stop to make. But when it comes to longer distances it&rsquo;s different. People love trains.</p><p>Airline travel ceased being fun a long time ago, unless you like being groped by strangers before being packed in a sardine can. Driving gives you freedom, but not the freedom to read or surf the internet. Plus, it can be nerve-wracking and exhausting.</p><p>Compared to everything else, trains are relaxing and civilized. Yet for years, during the rise of the airliner and the expressway, we sort of forgot about train travel. Lines went out of service; some sections of track weren&rsquo;t maintained.</p><p>Now, there&rsquo;s a renewed interest in trains, so much so that the governor has made former Congressman Joe Schwarz his special advisor on rail, a job for which the emotional rewards are sometimes great and the salary is non-existent.</p><p>Michigan still has more than three thousand, five hundred miles of track. Schwarz told me that, by the way. Back when he was in the state senate, he was known for his expertise on higher education, but the insiders knew if you had a question about rail, Joe was the man.</p><p>Right now, Job One is improving the route from Detroit to Chicago.&nbsp; Can you believe that six hundred thousand people may have traveled that route by rail in the last fiscal year?</p><p>If you&rsquo;ve ever been hung up in a traffic jam on I-94 outside the city, you probably wished you were on a train instead. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:00:06 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3331 at http://michiganradio.org Improving Train Travel Hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/hitting-road-memorial-day-weekend <p><a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-11-million-plan-memorial-day-travel-reports-aaa-michigan-122229533.html">AAA Michigan</a> predicts state highways will be busy on Memorial Day.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The automobile club&rsquo;s survey shows one point one million Michiganders plan to travel during the 5 day holiday period, 91% by car.</p> Thu, 19 May 2011 15:51:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 2565 at http://michiganradio.org Hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend More Michiganders riding Amtrak http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michiganders-riding-amtrak <p>Michiganders are taking the train more than they have in the past. Amtrak&nbsp;officials say they&#39;ve&nbsp;seen an increase in the number of riders on all <a href="http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Route_C&amp;pagename=am%2FLayout&amp;cid=1241245664519">three of their Michigan lines</a>. Two of those lines are supported by the state.</p><p>Amtrak&rsquo;s Blue Water Service runs from Port Huron through Lansing to Chicago. It had one of the largest increases in ridership in the nation.</p><p>Janet Foran&nbsp; is with the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/">Michigan Department of Transportation</a>. She says some of the growth is likely from the rise in gas prices and the interest in building high speed rail in the state:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Because of the talk about high speed rail in the State of Michigan, this has actually been a major factor in increasing the interest of people to try passenger rails.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>M-DOT said ridership usually increases during the holiday season and summer. They expect ridership will continue to grow in the state. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:44:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Rina Miller 2097 at http://michiganradio.org More Michiganders riding Amtrak Pure Michigan takes step to getting $10 million dollars more from state http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-takes-step-getting-10-million-dollars-more-state <p>A State House committee this morning&nbsp;approved $10 million&nbsp;to for the <a href="http://www.michigan.org/Topics/Pure-Michigan-Ads/Default.aspx?q=2501">Pure Michigan</a> tourism advertising campaign. The full House is expected to vote on the funding this week, and the Senate next week.</p><p>The measure may hit the governor’s desk before the end of the month.&nbsp;</p><p>George Zimmerman is a vice president with Travel Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the money is needed as soon as possible.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;"The funding for the national cable TV buy has already been provided up to this point.&nbsp;&nbsp; But we don’t really have the funding yet for the regional Spring/Summer buys, in key out of state markets like Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Columbus etc."</p></blockquote><p>The Pure Michigan campaign is expected to be fully funded at $25 million&nbsp;this year with a mix of public and private money.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Pure Michigan advertising campaign is credited with boosting the state’s tourism industry, but state budget cuts threatened to keep the campaign off the air. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 17:04:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 1205 at http://michiganradio.org Pure Michigan takes step to getting $10 million dollars more from state Searching for holiday flights? Expect to pay big... http://michiganradio.org/post/searching-holiday-flights-expect-pay-big <p>With 20 days to go until Thanksgiving, maybe you&#39;re looking to buy airline tickets for holiday travel? Well, if you&#39;re flying out of <a href="http://www.metroairport.com/">Detroit Metro Airport</a> expect to pay-up. The Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101105/FEATURES07/11050371/1320/Holiday-round-trip-airfares-at-Detroit-soar#ixzz14Pfbfc9j">checked </a>round-trip routes to and from Detroit and found:</p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 13:17:34 +0000 Zoe Clark 279 at http://michiganradio.org Searching for holiday flights? Expect to pay big...