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Detroit Meeting Planner's Guide


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  • Detroit Metro Airport received honors in 2015 for new retailers in the McNamara Terminal.

  • The Ambassador Bridge offers quick access from downtown Detroit to Windsor, Ontario.

  • Plan your next gathering in one of Cobo Center's 130 modern meeting rooms.

  • Learn how to organize a successful reunion at the FREE Family Reunion Planning Seminar.

  • The Westin Hotel is conveniently located in Detroit Metro Airport’s McNamara Terminal.

Plan Your Meeting in Detroit

Why should You plan your next meeting in Detroit?

Because Detroit is America’s great comeback story, a city on the upturn and ready for anything. We offer a complete package destination that will make any conference, convention or meeting a success. We’ve flawlessly hosted a string of marquee events over the past several years and we’d be honored to include your event among those that chose metro Detroit for its value, easy access, hospitality and professional support.


With more than 40,000 competitively priced hotel rooms, a meeting in Detroit provides a full menu of accommodations from luxury to boutique hotels and charming inns. Major hotel brands like DoubleTree, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Westin and three top-of-the-line casino hotels are all just minutes away from Cobo Center on Detroit's international riverfront. Within our neighboring districts you can choose from a host of other notable brand hotels and unique lodging options. And, we guide you to the best deals so your meeting is not only successful, but cost effective.

Easy Access

Planning a meeting in Detroit places you close to you and your attendees — only a 90-minute flight from 60 percent of the nation's population and less than a five hour drive from Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toronto. An international destination, The D is located only one mile from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. With a modern, award-winning airport and as a major hub for Delta Airlines, you can take advantage of discounted airfare for your conferences and conventions meeting in The D. And, getting around downtown is easy with our 2.9 mile above ground People Mover loop with 13 stations that include Cobo Center, GM Renaissance Center and Joe Louis Arena.

Hospitable & Friendly

It's true about what people say about Midwestern hospitality, especially when it comes to greeting and helping visitors. We roll out the red carpet to make sure attendees to your metro Detroit meeting find their way around town for great D experiences. Our hospitality community goes the extra mile to welcome guests and hotels offer concierge services and accommodate special requests. Visitor welcome centers are located on the U.S. side of the Ambassador Bridge and in the heart of downtown Detroit. You can always count on the DMCVB for a wealth of information and suggestions to make planning your meeting in metro Detroit fun and productive.


Planning a meeting in Detroit is easy and cost effective with the DMCVB’s free meeting services to help make your event a success.



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… you can get a great experience for your group at exceptional value.

… I know how hard everybody has worked to make a great comeback.

… I want to be part of something amazing, a revitalization of making America great again.


 "The city's industrial past is already giving way to a high tech future, and the excitement we've seen throughout the city ­ as well as the success that new tech firms have already had ­ is making the Big D one of the best places to launch a tech startup this year."

— Dan Blacharski, editor-in-chief String





… the downtown transformation is truly amazing! Check out America’s greatest comeback city!

… it’s a comeback city making headlines at a great value!

… Detroit has a great blend of cultural, entertainment and lodging options.

… I grew up there. I am amazed at all the new and wonderful things, especially Cobo Center.


"Detroit is one of the most beautiful cities as far as its architecture and the friendly population.."  Check out Irene's video.

— Irene Healey, Founder of newAttitude

Fast Fact

Detroit is headquarters for Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors and hundreds of tier one and two suppliers.