5 Tips for Successful Business Travel via Detroit Metro Airport

Modified: February 28, 2020 | Story by Lori Bremerkamp | Photos by Detroit Metro Airport, Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Bill Bowen

The great thing about traveling to Detroit for business is that there’s so much you can accomplish right from the airport. With meeting spaces, ways to stay connected with colleagues and ample dining and shopping choices, Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) has all the amenities business travelers need, no matter whether it’s during a quick layover or a few-day stay.

Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your business trip to Detroit:


Detroit Metro Airport

1. Prepare on the Plane

Your flight to Detroit is the perfect time to catch up on business that needs to be taken care of when you arrive. Before you board, download your voicemail messages and important work files so that you can access them and prep for meetings while in the air. Be sure to download the DTW terminal maps, too. This way, when you find out at what gate you’re landing, you’ll know exactly where you need to head and can see what restaurants and shops are close if you have a connection.

Tweet: @DTWeetin handles more than 1,000 flights daily, including 39 international flights to four continents and 17 nations.@DTWeetin handles more than 1,000 flights daily, including 39 international flights to four continents and 17 nations.

2. Shop at the Airport

Don’t worry if you have to stay longer than expected at DTW and didn’t pack enough. There are plenty of shops and upscale boutiques that give you the flexibility to walk out of the airport and be ready to do business. The McNamara Terminal, for example, offers internationally recognized brands, including Spanish fashion label Desigual, The Body Shop, Pandora and the first-of-its-kind Estee Lauder Beauty Boutique. DTW was recently named among the top 10 best airports for shopping in the country by USA Today‘s 10Best.

3. Dine at the Airport

If you are looking for a bite to eat, there are plenty of options. The McNamara Terminal offers local favorites, such as Italian chain Andiamo, to go along with internationally recognized favorites, including P.F. Chang’s, Max and Erma’s and Chick-fil-A. In the North Terminal, you are covered with Earl of Sandwich, Detroit favorites National Coney Island and Hockeytown Café, and many other options.


4. Stay Connected between Connections

DTW offers complimentary Wi-Fi service if you need to check email, work on a presentation and much more. Just set your SSID to “Detroit Airport Wi-Fi” and launch an Internet provider.


5. Unwind at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Located inside the McNamara Terminal, the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport offers the ultimate convenience if you’re waiting out a layover or on a one-day trip. Book a spa treatment and enjoy complimentary Internet in the lobby. Plus, you have the option to purchase a day pass to the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, featuring the Westin gear lending program that lets you borrow workout shoes, shorts and more.

You can also treat yourself to some of the city’s finest dining at Reflections or gather with colleagues at Reflections lounge to catch up over a quick lunch or enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. The hotel also offers guests a private security entrance and access into the McNamara Terminal, as well as complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to the North Terminal.

But while there’s so much you can discover and enjoy about the city without leaving the airport, be sure to check out our ideas on what to do in Detroit if you’ll have some downtime.

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    Detroit Metro Airport
    2500 World Gateway Place, I-94 at Merriman Road, Detroit, MI 48242
    734-AIR-PORT (24
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    The Westin Hotel - Detroit Metropolitan Airport
    2501 Worldgateway Place, Detroit, MI 48242