hotel rooms http://michiganradio.org en Kent County hotels bring in record revenue in 2011 http://michiganradio.org/post/kent-county-hotels-bring-record-revenue-2011 <p>Grand Rapids-area hotels made record income last year. Hotel revenue in Kent County grew at a faster rate than the average for hotels in Michigan and the United States. That&rsquo;s according a report released by the convention and visitors bureau &ndash; <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/">Experience Grand Rapids</a>.</p><p>Experience Grand Rapids president Doug Small says the city attracted larger conventions and more leisure travelers this year. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a combination&nbsp;of very creative marketing, collaboration, wonderful events that continue to dot our landscape,&rdquo; Small said, noting&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/artprize">ArtPrize </a>and&nbsp;<a href="http://laughfestgr.org/">Laughfest </a>as examples. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all good; it&rsquo;s the perfect storm.&rdquo;</p><p>Small says the &lsquo;Pure Michigan&rsquo; marketing campaign deserves some credit too. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re a big partner with them &ndash; we&rsquo;ve always been since day one. They&rsquo;ve helped drive a lot of our summer business,&rdquo; Small said.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RptTZjUS14">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RptTZjUS14</a></p><p>Kent County&rsquo;s 70 hotels made a combined $114 million dollars last year, a 10-percent increase from the year before. In 2009 it was just $93 million. The hospitality industry employs 24,000 people in Kent County. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:33:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6414 at http://michiganradio.org Kent County hotels bring in record revenue in 2011 Grand Rapids to decide on fate of huge motorcycle event Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-decide-fate-huge-motorcycle-event-tuesday <p>Organizers want to see a huge event for motorcycle enthusiasts in downtown Grand Rapids this summer. They've made a number of concessions to try and convince the city commission to allow the now 4-day event. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 01:12:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1289 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids to decide on fate of huge motorcycle event Tuesday