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Detroit, MI Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 175
Total Sleeping Rooms 40,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,500
Committable Meeting Rooms* 30
Convention Center Space 1,144,847 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 723,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 40,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $106
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $65
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $385
*Maximum for a single hotel

Detroit, MI Meeting Planning Overview

Detroit. It's Go time.

It’s time to take a closer look at Detroit for your next event. All the details you need to plan an unforgettable convention or conference are here in this Cvent Detroit meeting and event planning guide.

This remarkable, vibrant city attracts millions of visitors annually and continues to transform with billions in new development projects planned downtown. The city is reinventing itself with innovative restaurants, imaginative new hotels, world-class cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife and contemporary art scene. All this makes now a fantastic time to bring your meeting to The D.

Go Travel

Detroit Metro Airport has been ranked No. 1 mega airport in passenger satisfaction by J.D. Power's North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Detroit is a 90-minute flight — or less — from 60 percent of the country's population. It is a major hub for Delta and offers services from all other major domestic airlines, six low-cost carriers, and several international carriers. Most suburban and city attractions are just a 20-minute drive.

Getting around downtown Detroit has never been easier. The Detroit People Mover elevated rail system offers panoramic views of the city as it comfortably and conveniently connects passengers with the central business district, restaurants, TCF Center, other meeting venues and attractions. Or hop on the Qline streetcar system in Midtown for convenient transportation to some of the city’s largest business, educational, medical, cultural and entertainment destinations. You can also get around by electric scooter or MoGo, the city’s bike share system that will soon expand to select suburbs as well.

Go Meet

With two major meeting spaces in the Detroit area, The D is the perfect place to host your meeting. TCF Center is Detroit's main meeting center. It ranks among the best and most technologically advanced convention centers in the world and features about 723,000 square feet of exhibition space. TCF Center has flexible outdoor spaces, free, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout and top-tier technology in every room, including two giant exterior digital displays. TCF's stunning Grand Riverview Ballroom and three-story glass atrium have spectacular views of the Detroit River.

Suburban Collection Showplace in nearby Novi is Michigan's premier exposition, conference and banquet center. Recently expanded, the facility has enough exhibition and pre-function space to hold groups up to 8,000 all under one roof.

The D offers more than 100 distinctive venues to accommodate groups of every size. Give your meeting or convention a unique Detroit feel and flare at one of its many unique meeting spaces, from posh hotels to bustling casinos to the Detroit Zoo and historic Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

Go Relax

Detroit’s reputation as a premier meeting destination continues to grow, along with its number of distinctive boutique hotels. The area is home to about 34,000 competitively priced hotel rooms, plus more than 5,000 located downtown.

The D’s hotels are being reimagined, many springing from renovated historic city buildings. For a unique Detroit experience, find your home-away-from-home at the Trumbull & Porter in bustling Corktown or go large-scale at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. There are many options in the suburbs as well, including the elegant Royal Park Hotel. Look for new hotels to be opening soon all across the city and metropolitan area.

Go Dine

Detroit is a growing foodie mecca, with multiple award-winning chefs now making The D the place to dine. Hop on over to one of the city’s growing number of craft breweries, brewpubs and distilleries. There are so many places to sip a delicious Pint. Whether it’s a German-style lager or boutique ale, Detroit’s got you covered. Batch Brewery in Corktown offers a revolving menu of small-batch beers along with handcrafted pub cuisine. For creative mixology, sip an imaginative cocktail at Bad Luck Bar or head to Detroit’s original cocktail bar, Sugar House, in Corktown. Detroit takes great pride in its farm-to-table practices and many eateries serve local produce and products whenever possible.

Go Explore

Your convention attendees can tap into their artistic side at Eastern Market’s Murals in the Market, an eclectic collection of outdoor art. The renowned Detroit Institute of Arts offers more than 100 galleries from ancient to modern times, including Rivera Court, the fresco by Diego Rivera that celebrates Detroit’s rich industrial history. The nearby Detroit Historical Museum chronicles the history of the city and southeastern Michigan. It’s home to the visitor-favorite The Streets of Old Detroit, recreating Detroit street scenes from the 1840s, 1870s and early 1900s.

Detroit continues to grow and evolve in surprising and substantial ways. Now is The D's time to shine — and time to plan your meeting here and experience it for yourselves. Detroit. It’s GO time.

About Detroit, MI / Additional Info

Detroit has a friendly, walkable downtown that continues to flourish. Its food, cocktail and brewery scene is growing every day. You and your group will find Detroiters fun, outgoing and very welcoming to visitors.

In addition to its world-class cultural attractions, Detroit has many outdoor spaces and activities. Its location on the Detroit River and surrounding rivers, lakes and green spaces make it a great place to go all out. The brand-new Robert C. Valade Park on the Detroit River features a colorful playground and musical garden for children, green spaces for picnics and a large shelter with food space. It hosts events and activities throughout the cooler and winter months.

TWorld Travel Guide states: "Detroit now has an enviable nightlife," including a thriving jazz scene. Catch live performances at Cliff Bell’s, one of the city’s oldest clubs. Dirty Dog Jazz Café features upscale dining along with national and local talents. Detroit knows how to entertain with after-dark destinations galore including speakeasies, rooftop bars, live music venues, dance clubs and gaming. In addition to its fame as the home of Motown, techno music was also founded in Detroit. The city hosts the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival. Whatever music moves your group, the Detroit area holds concerts and events all year long.

Stroll The Belt, a culturally redefined alley that’s been transformed with unique bars, the designer arcade Deluxe Flux, trendy restaurants and eclectic outdoor art. Detroit is also home to one of the country’s largest theatre districts, offering everything from first-run Broadway musicals to classic Shakespeare. Experience the Fox Theatre, which has been restored to its original grandeurs. Check out VisitDetroit.com for some of the smaller and more intimate venues.

 
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