The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) held its Annual Meeting on March 6, 2014, and announced both good news for the local economy and recognized numerous individuals for helping to foster meetings and events within the Capital Region. The GLCVB announced Mid-Michigan saw a 3.4% increase in 2013 area hotel occupancy, posting a rate of 57.9%, up from 55.8% in 2012, according to Smith Travel Research data. Additionally, the Greater Lansing area outpaced the State of Michigan (57.5%) in hotel occupancy for the first time since 2011 and posted its highest occupancy in over a decade. Altogether, group business generated by the GLCVB and Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) in 2013, generated over $15 million in local economic impact. Additionally, Jack Schripsema, President and CEO of the GLCVB announced the inaugural class of Greater Lansing Community Champions and GLSA Executive Director Mike Price presented awards for the GLSA Partner and Volunteer of the Year.
Those recognized as 2014 Community Champions are; Jason Lafay with DeWitt Community Schools, Stephanie and Joe Shall with Shuto Con, Lloyd Bingman, Glen Sanders and Ernie Cabule with Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Delta Lambda Chapter, Bil Moore and Sarah Slamer with the National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children and lastly, Len Sawisch, Gail Dummer, Marge Carlisle and Amy Andrews with the 2013 World Dwarf Games. The GLSA was proud to recognize The Lansing Skating Club as Partner of the Year and Richard (Dick) Miles with the Capital City River Run as Volunteer of the Year.