Welcome to Festival Land (No Vacancy)

REGION - During the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival last February, Comedian Ted Alexandro remarked on the sheer volume of festivals held in Traverse City each year: "You have, like, eight festivals this week. Even things I misheard turned out to be a festival: 'Oh,...

Fresh Ideas for Corporate Meetings Up North … for any budget

One Weekend.Three Meeting Planners.And a slew of ideas for food, drink, lodging and activities to inspire your next corporate event.The Planner: Alison BeersOwnerEvents NorthThe Scenario: Client needs to woo eight high-powered business owners to relocate their families and businesses to Traverse City. These executives have...

It’s “go time” for hotel industry

If the weather we had in early June is any indication, we're in for a beautiful few months here in Traverse City. Area hotels will start running at or near capacity on most nights in July until about the third week in August.My prediction of...

GT Resort & Spa prepares to host the governors

WILLIAMSBURG - The most aggressive renovation project in its 26-year history has dramatically transformed the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa as the Acme landmark prepares to host the nation's governors in 2007.The 99th Annual National Governor's Association Meeting will be held July 20-23, 2007 at...

PassagewaysTravel.com is ‘live’ and well

TRAVERSE CITY - They're making only $6 per sale, but that hasn't deterred Passageways Travel from competing online against cut-rate airline ticketers Orbitz, Priceline, and Expedia, whose charges can exceed $20 .Rather, the company's leadership is convinced that their way of selling discount airline tickets...

TC company wins state award

TRAVERSE CITY - Sharing her enthusiasm for northern Michigan is all in a day's work for Kim Corcoran, who launched a business giving companies and organizations from around the country a taste of the region."We don't want (northern Michigan) to be a secret anymore. We...

Business is buzzing for downtown fly fishing shops

TRAVERSE CITY - Dave Leonhard has watched the business of fly fishing change a lot over the years. The owner of Streamside Orvis in downtown Traverse City, Leonhard was on the river casting a long rod even before the sport went Hollywood and made up...