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2014 GHSA Annual Meeting
Mapping out the Future:
Highway Safety after MAP-21
Grand Rapids, Michigan | September 6 - 10
Hotel & Travel Information
Annual Meeting Lodging
The Amway Grand Plaza is the premier AAA Four-Diamond hotel in West Michigan, blending the elegant history of the 1920s Pantlind Hotel with modern comforts. Guest room amenities include complimentary high speed wireless Internet access, 42-inch high definition televisions, spacious work areas, vaulted ceilings in Pantlind Hotel wing rooms and panoramic views from Glass Tower rooms. The hotel also features a newly renovated and expanded fitness center, spa and salon services, and on-site flower shop.
GHSA Annual Meeting attendees receive a discounted room rate of $132/night (plus 8% occupancy tax and 6% state tax). This special rate will be available until July 31, 2014 or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first.
Book online at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10714741 or call the group reservations line at 800-253-3590 (mention GHSA Annual Meeting to receive the group rate).
If you are unable to find rooms at the Amway Grand within GHSA's block, below is a list of nearby hotels.
|*JW Marriott, 235 Louis St NW
||800-971-4762 or 616-242-1500|
|*Downtown Courtyard Marriott, 11 Monroe NW||616-242-6000|
|Holiday Inn, 310 Pearl St NW||616-235-7611|
|City Flats Hotel, 83 Monroe Center St. NW||616-451-1892|
|Comfort Suites, 350 Dodge NW||616-785-7899|
|Hampton Inn, 500 Center Dr NW||616-647-1000|
|Crowne Plaza, 5700 28th St SE||616-957-1770|
|Holiday Inn Express, 358 River Ridge Dr NW||616-647-4100|
|Hilton 4747 28th St SE||616-957-0100|
*connected to the Amway by an enclosed skywalk (best options)
About Grand Rapids
A true gem of the Midwest, Grand Rapids is a destination like no other, with art, culture, dining and nightlife. From a hip and friendly downtown to an endless array of outdoor activities, Grand Rapids will surprise, excite and delight you.
The Amway Grand Plaza and DeVos Convention Center are located at the center of a bustling city highlighted by river-walks, bridges, unique architecture and stunning cityscape views. Restaurants, shops and world-class museums are all within walking distance or easily accessible from the city’s bus system, The Rapid.
Few cities the size of Grand Rapids can match the depth and breadth of the available art and culture. Downtown alone contains five museums within a few blocks of each other: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. Just outside the city, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is Michigan’s second most popular tourist attraction and one of the world’s 100 most visited art museums.
What to Wear
The average high temperature in Grand Rapids in September is 72° F, with an average low of 49° F. Meeting attire is business casual. GHSA recommends packing a light jacket or sweater, as hotel meeting room temperatures can fluctuate. Casual attire is appropriate for all social events.
The city is alive with activity during the day and stays vibrant at night. Twice coined BeerCity USA, the area boasts 15 breweries, including Founders Brewing Co., voted the 3rd best brewery in the world. In addition, the local restaurants were an early model for the farm-to-table movement, with hundreds of surrounding family farms providing everything from apples and asparagus to strawberries and sweet corn.
The biggest surprise in the area, and a must see for every visitor, is the beach. Yes, that’s right, Michigan has beaches. With clear blue water, towering sand dunes and glorious sunsets, a visit to Lake Michigan is a breathtaking experience. It is virtually impossible to describe its beauty and majesty to a newcomer. You have to see it to believe it, and Grand Rapids is just minutes away.
Come see for yourself why Grand Rapids was voted Lonely Planet’s #1 top U.S. tourist destination for 2014.
Learn more at www.ExperienceGR.com.
Getting To and Around Grand Rapids
A centrally located airport and many public transportation options make getting to and around Grand Rapids a breeze.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the primary air transportation facility serving Grand Rapids. The Amway Grand Plaza is a brief 18-minute drive from the airport. Taxi fare is approximately $32 each way.
Valet and self-parking are available to overnight guests. The cost is $16 per night for self-parking and $25 per night for valet. Both allow 24-hour in-and-out access.
The Rapid is Grand Rapids’ bus service. Fare is $1.50 for a single ride. Multi-ride farecards and unlimited ride passes are also available. For more information, visit www.ridetherapid.org.
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