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Detroit Meeting Planner's Guide

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  • Exhibition center Suburban Collection Showplace attracts some 1.5 million people annually.

  • Detroit Metro Airport has two bustling terminals with a combined 147 gates.

  • The voluminous Cobo Center has 30,000 square feet of contiguous meeting space.

  • Detroit plays host to a wide variety of world-recognized music events each year.

  • The GM Renaissance Center is a focal point of Detroit's stunning riverfront view.

Destination Detroit

Detroit is America’s great comeback story, a city on the upturn and ready for anything. A complete package destination that will make any conference, convention or meeting a success. 

High-Tech Epicenter

The Detroit area is surging with 21st century industries and an influx of entrepreneurs, techies and creatives. Inc. magazine dubbed Detroit “Startup City USA.” High-tech startups and business incubators are creating a buzz, and today’s young innovators and game-changers are coming here to learn, work, live and play.

Medical Powerhouse

A hub for medical research and innovations, metro Detroit is home to 67 of Michigan’s 175 hospitals, including the nationally ranked University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor and the award-winning Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Hospitals.

Home base for defense

Nearly 500 companies do defense and homeland security business in metro Detroit, a center for the defense industry for 70 years. With some 86,000 skilled metro Detroiters employed in related fields and some $5 billion a year in defense contracts going to the state of Michigan, the area is poised to play a bigger role in this industry.

going green

Metro Detroit contributes to Michigan’s title as the Arsenal of Innovation, with the largest pool of engineers and technical professionals in the U.S. And many of these great minds are thinking green — designing, engineering and building lithium-ion batteries, solar cells, windmills and other alternative energy sources.

Urban Growth

The area is positioning itself as a worldwide center for urban innovation as thousands of lots and vacant spaces in metro Detroit are being repurposed for urban farms, both private and commercial.

Manufacturing Heritage

Detroit put the world on wheels and it’s a city proud of its roots in manufacturing, featuring automotive museums, preserved plants, historic landmarks and the childhood home of great innovator Henry Ford, the father of the modern-day assembly line.

Musical mecca

Detroit is a musical mecca; the undisputed owner of the Motown sound and the place where techno beats first erupted. A host of world-recognized musical festivals and events take place every year, too, attracting celebrated artists from a variety of genres.

A well-rounded destination

Metro Detroit covers nearly 2,000 square miles and is the second largest U.S. metropolitan area connecting the Great Lakes system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. We are an international destination that serves a variety of interests and tastes.

Explore meeting planning options in the five districts of metro Detroit: 
Dearborn/Wayne. Downtown Detroit. Greater Novi. Macomb. Oakland.

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

cbello
… the downtown transformation is truly amazing! Check out America’s greatest comeback city!
-@k2murphy

k2murphy
… the newly renovated Cobo Center looks amazing and is a great venue for conventions!
-@debrajdraper

debrajdraper

"Obviously, Detroit is the place to be when it comes to [manufacturing] technology." See Sam's testimonial.


— Sam Canning, Griffith University, Queensland, Australiaachers Association
… I grew up there. I am amazed at all the new and wonderful things, especially Cobo Center.
-@davidwendya

davidwendya
… of the fantastic walkable downtown, fantastic new restaurants and @detroitrvrfrnt.
-@sharonw48993484

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

@kimsrosado
… Detroit has a great blend of cultural, entertainment and lodging options.
-@jdward66

jdward66

 "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, Techie.com editor-in-chief String

 

 

 

 

… of its resurgence, breweries and distilleries.
-@benprom

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Fast Fact

Detroit is a great sports town with the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and Detroit Red Wings playing downtown, and the Detroit Pistons in Oakland County.