Choosing Traverse City
The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa was selected following a two-year venue search. The 24-member Michigan Area Program Committee sent out a state-wide request for options which were narrowed down to facilities able to accommodate 2,500 people while meeting stringent criteria including; cost, housing options, support of Native American relationships, fair labor practices, “green” environment impact, accessibility for disabled and limited mobility individuals, plenary and break-out spaces; informal gathering spaces, child care options and more. Three finalists received on-site visits and following a discernment process the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa was selected.
According to Program Committee members, another key reason this location was selected was their focus on conference events versus the seasonal tourism trade that drives up costs. The Michigan Area is the center’s largest client allowing the negotiation of deeply discounted rates, free meeting and break-out space, free conference area Wifi, meal discounts and extensions of the low conference rates to include May 28 (Memorial Day), May 29, June 3, 4 and 5 for those wishing to extend vacation time.