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Detroit, MI Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 30
Total Sleeping Rooms 6,471
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,328
Committable Meeting Rooms* 100
Convention Center Space 1,144,847 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 723,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 209,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $126
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $54
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $254
*Maximum for a single hotel

Detroit, MI Meeting Planning Overview

Detroit. It's GO time.

Welcome to Cvent's meeting and event planning guide for Detroit. Groups everywhere are discovering Detroit's renewed energy and vitality, making now a fantastic time to visit The D. Downtown has been transformed with new boutique hotels, dynamic residential developments, innovative restaurants, and thriving local businesses. Detroit's riverfront has nearly 4 active miles of paved paths, parks, and plazas. With so much to see and do, Detroit was ranked No. 2 in the world in Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2018 Top Cities."

It's meeting time.

Your meeting starts with Cobo Center, Detroit's world-class convention and meeting facility. It offers 723,000 square feet of exhibition space, flexible outdoor spaces, and top-tier technology, including two giant exterior digital displays. Cobo's stunning 400,000-square-foot Grand Riverview Ballroom and three-story glass atrium have spectacular views of the Detroit River.

It's hotel development time.

Fortune recently observed, "Hoteliers of all types have taken a shining to the Motor City." Metro Detroit is currently home to about 33,000 competitively priced hotel rooms, plus more than 5,000 downtown. New and upcoming boutique hotels offer a unique Detroit experience.

Notable establishments include Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney, featuring exquisite Neo-Renaissance design and style; Detroit Foundation Hotel, located in the historic former Detroit Fire Department headquarters; and the renovated Trumbull & Porter hotel in historic Corktown. Hotel properties opening soon include The Siren Hotel, housed in the 1926 art-deco Wurlitzer Building; Shinola Hotel, which is located in the thriving shopping district on Woodward Avenue; and Element Detroit, set in the 14-story Neo-Gothic Metropolitan Building, which was built in 1925 as a jewelry emporium. Luxury suburban properties include the historic Dearborn Inn, elegant Royal Park Hotel, and upscale The Townsend Hotel.

It's eat, shop, and play time.

Food Network says about Detroit, "The food scene is making it a must-visit." New chef-inspired restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and coffee shops are constantly flourishing in Detroit. With inventive tastes from iconic Coney dogs and Greek street eats to award-winning sushi and steaks, your attendees will never go hungry in Detroit.

Downtown Detroit retail continues to expand with unique, independent boutiques and national retailers including Carhartt, Shinola, Nike, John Varvatos, and Lululemon. The surrounding suburbs have distinctive shopping as well, from the upscale Somerset Collection to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, the state's largest indoor outlet center.

The region is filled with must-see, world-class cultural attractions, such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the historic Motown Museum, The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, and the Automotive Hall of Fame. The Outdoor Adventure Center, meanwhile, offers a taste of the outdoors in the heart of the city. Find family-friendly fun at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets' Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. The Detroit Zoo boasts the world's largest penguin habitat, the award-winning Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

It's planning time.

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) VIP Welcome Program supports the city's hospitality. With partners Delta Air Lines and Cobo Center, the program offers welcome and departure signage and airport greeters. Complimentary exhibitor receptions and Detroit People Mover passes are available for large groups. Its "Show It and Save" initiative gives attendees discounts at participating restaurants. The DMCVB also can provide pre-show attendance building, exhibitor services, onsite registration, public relations, post-event evaluations, volunteer programs, and comprehensive online tools. This is all coordinated by the enthusiastic and dedicated staff at the DMCVB.

It's grow time.

Detroit is moving into its next phase of substantial growth, with $2.1 billion in development projects planned. Ground has been broken at the former Hudson's department store site to build an 800-foot tower with 1 million square feet of retail space, offices, residential units, and public spaces. It will feature Detroit's first observation deck at its crown. The new Little Caesars Arena is the home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. This new entertainment center offers state-of-the-art technology, innovative amenities, and beautifully designed public spaces. It is part of The District Detroit, which, when complete, will boast housing, retail spaces, restaurants, and a hotel in a contiguous 50-block, walkable area.

It's get-here-easily time.

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) provides nonstop service to nearly 140 destinations on four continents. Detroit is a 90-minute flight — or less — from 60% of the country's population. It is a major hub for Delta and offers services from all other major domestic airlines, five low-cost carriers, and four international carriers. Most suburban and city attractions are just a 20-minute drive.

Detroit. It's GO time.

With all that is happening, it is Detroit's time to shine. Plan your meeting today and experience it for yourself. Detroit. It's GO time.

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About Detroit, MI / Additional Info

Located in the southeast region of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Detroit holds the title of the only major city in the contiguous United States found north of the Canadian border. Sitting along the Detroit River, this 143-square-mile city is visited by 15.9 million people each year.

Founded in 1701 as a military settlement for the French, Detroit flourished in the 19th century as its waterfront location made it a hub for shipbuilding and manufacturing. At the turn of the 20th century, Henry Ford helped further escalate the city's growth by forever transforming it into the epicenter of the American automobile industry. Ford's legacy pervades today, giving Detroit its nickname as Motor City and attractions such as The Henry Ford and the Automotive Hall of Fame.

The explosion of the automobile industry also brought a wealth of jobs, leading to a population boom of more than 600 percent in the first half of the 20th century. Today nearly 700,000 people reside in the city's borders, and more than four million live within the greater Detroit metropolitan area. Among U.S. cities where African Americans are in the majority, Detroit is considered an important center for black culture and heritage, Detroit serves as home to the Second Baptist Church of Detroit, the oldest African-American church in the Midwest, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the largest museum of its kind in the world. Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown music, as Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in the city in 1959, the studio of which is now preserved in the Motown Historical Museum.

 
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