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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.

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


— Sam Canning, Griffith University, Queensland, Australiaachers Association
… Detroit has a fresh feel.
-@darlahuckaby

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

k2murphy
… of its resurgence, breweries and distilleries.
-@benprom

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

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

@kimsrosado
… of the arts, history, Cobo Center and total cool factors like @detroitrvrfrnt.
-@bestbybeth

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

jdward66
… I love a great comeback story!
-@hrkest

hrkest
… it’s a comeback city making headlines at a great value!
-@tracijames_cmp

tracijames_cmp

Fast Fact

Detroit's Cultural Center is home to the Detroit Institute of Arts, and its collection is among the top six in the United States.