There are 5,000 hotel rooms in the City of Detroit. “Years ago,” writes Roop Raj for Fox 2 Detroit, “that was enough — maybe even too many.” Not. Any. More.
Boutique stay destinations, such as the luxurious, hipsteresque Foundation Hotel and the forthcoming, equally (if not more) trendy Shinola Hotel, are popping up all over the City. But, according to this report, that’s not enough.
In the last five years alone, the number of events booked in Detroit has more than doubled, and Detroit is “becoming a boomtown for convention business.”
“We are consistently showing up in magazines as one of these destinations you have to visit in 2017 or 2018. All of that, as far as helping the image and making people feel better about coming here, that message is getting out,” says Michael O’Callaghan, Executive Vice President and COO at Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
According to Raj of Fox 2, “The downtown Marriott was a perfect destination close to Cobo [Center] for conventioneers to book. Now, auto business is bringing in such strong numbers convention organizers can’t find enough [r]oom.”
And we all know now that there’s a lot more going on in Detroit than auto business.
Executives at Detroit’s Convention and Visitor Bureau are on it. In the works is another “major” hotel, with at least 800 additional rooms and the requisite space for conventions and other events.
[To learn more, read Raj’s original article (and watch the video shot by Fox).]