7 Reasons Why You Should Book Your Next Meeting in Detroit

Modified: January 19, 2022 | Story by Amanda Walgrove | Photos by Vito Palmisano, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit Metro Airport

Detroit is the perfect destination for your next meeting or convention. It offers all of the infrastructure, culture and accessibility you need to host a successful and memorable event. Don’t just take their word for it, though. Let’s look at the facts and facilities to back up this claim.

Here’s why Detroit offers the whole package for your big meeting.

#1: Top-ranked airport for seamless travel

The Detroit Metro Airport is just a 90-minute flight or less away from 60 percent of the U.S. population. It accommodates all major domestic airlines, five low-cost carriers, and several international carriers, welcoming more than 33 million passengers every year.

Once guests land, getting around is a breeze. The airport is within 20 minutes of downtown and 60 minutes of most metro Detroit destinations. People can easily access shuttles, an on-site hotel, and one of the most efficient road systems in the nation, so they can feel at home and ready to enjoy your event.

#2: Over 36,000 hotel rooms to choose from

Metro Detroit is equipped with more than 36,000 hotel rooms, with 5,000 in the downtown core. Our largest downtown hotel, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, has over 1,300 rooms alone. It’s also ready to go for your event, with over 45 meeting rooms and 100,000 square feet of convention space.

Downtown Detroit even has three full-service casino hotels — the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity, and Greektown — which are all within a mile of Detroit’s biggest convention center.

#3: Millions of square feet of meeting space

Metro Detroit has a robust selection of meeting spaces for all event types, whether you’re hosting a career conference or an annual sports tournament.

Take our signature convention center, Huntington Place, which boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America. After undergoing a $279 million renovation in 2015, the center now offers over 2.4 million square feet of usable space, free and facility-wide WiFi, an in-house broadcast studio and eight banquet rooms.

#4: Lively restaurants, shops and entertainment

Downtown Detroit has something for everyone — music lovers, shoppers, foodies, and museum-goers. It’s the birthplace of techno music, host of the Detroit Jazz Festival and hometown of music icons like Diana Ross, Madonna, Eminem and Alice Cooper. It’s also home to the historic Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Sports fans will find a home here, too. The Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Lions (NFL), Detroit Red Wings (NHL) and Detroit Pistons (NBA) all play within walking distance of each other in their downtown stadiums.

#5: Reliable transportation throughout the city

Your guests shouldn’t have to worry about how they’ll get to their hotel or your event. And in Detroit, they won’t have to.

Metro Detroit’s freeway system is considered one of the most efficient in the country, making it simple for meeting planners to transport attendees around the area’s 2,000-plus square miles. Visitors can also take advantage of the Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system that connects the central business district with 13 stations at major points of interest, including Huntington Place and the GM Renaissance Center.

If that’s not enough, Detroit just launched its new streetcar, the QLine, which brings customers right to front door of shops and restaurants along Woodward Avenue.

#6: Burgeoning new developments

Detroit is constantly evolving and offering new experiences for visitors and businesses. The city’s first-ever Garment District is being created in a partnership between Detroit

Garment Group and Midtown Detroit Inc. In 2015, Amazon announced that its new corporate office and tech hub would be located in downtown Detroit. And the new District Detroit development project is set to encompass 50 blocks of thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations.

Established companies aren’t the only ones benefiting from this boom, however. Detroit is also primed to beat Silicon Valley at its own game, giving rise to burgeoning artists, tomorrow’s CEOs and a new generation of entrepreneurs.

#7: A best-in-class service and PR team

Detroit is rich with opportunities to delight your guests and meet your business goals. In fact, you might need some help discovering all that this great city has to offer.

That’s where the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau comes in.

As the world’s first convention and visitors bureau, the DMCVB is your one-stop shop for planning a successful and unforgettable event. We’ll be there from the moment you book your hotel to the time you finish. Just think of our services department as an extension of your own team, guiding you to the best facilities and resources right here in Motor City.

Ready to plan your meeting in Detroit? We are. Contact us to get started.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Detroit Metro Airport
    2500 World Gateway Place, I-94 at Merriman Road, Detroit, MI 48242
    734-AIR-PORT (24
  2. 2
    Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
    400 GM Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243
  3. 3
    Huntington Place
    One Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
  4. 4
    The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
  5. 5
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202