The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) held its annual meeting March 13 and recognized numerous individuals with awards for their vision, dedication and loyalty to the Greater Lansing region.
According to the GLCVB, the region reported a strong 62.8 percent occupancy rate for 2018, and overall hotel room demand increased to over 1,037,000 hotel room nights, according to Smith Travel Research data. Additionally, the Greater Lansing region experienced an increase in average daily rate, or average cost per rented hotel room in 2018 compared to the previous year.
“The Greater Lansing community experienced another very strong year,” said Jack Schripsema, president and CEO of the GLCVB. “For the eighth consecutive year the GLCVB destination sales department exceeded its room night goal, the Greater Lansing Sports Authority once again broke the century mark for events hosted and the region saw an overall hotel room demand increase compared to the previous year.”
The GLCVB and Greater Lansing Sports Authority also honored community partners with Community Champion awards to recognize local residents for helping to advocate for group business in the Greater Lansing area.
The 2018 Community Champions recognized were Sean Kottke, Samantha Stevens, Keturah Bouyer, Christina DeJong, Josh Ressio, Caitlyn Vermiglio, Elyse Packard, Dr. Chinwe Effiong and Alexandra Jarvis.
The GLSA was proud to recognize the Capital City Crushers as Sport Partner of the Year and Michigan Youth Challenge Academy as Volunteer of the Year. The GLCVB also recognized Certified Tourism Ambassadors John and Barb Rossi as the CTA Stars of the Year.