bring the city’s downtown total to over 500.
According to Sally Hallan Laukitis, executive director of the Holland Area CVB, there is a new event space at Nelis’ Dutch Village.
“Het Terras is a newly constructed pavilion at Nelis’ Dutch Village,”
Hallan Laukitis said. “It has grilling stations and other areas for
food prep as well as a fire pit. There are also other venues on-site for
Hallan Laukitis also spoke about the event space at Windmill
Island Gardens, which features an authentic working windmill from
the Netherlands. Events of up to 250 people can take place at the
gardens at the Celebration Pavilion and the gazebo.
Battle Creek is at the junction of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers, which allows for miles of riverfront parks and water
activities. The amphitheater at Friendship
Park, used for events, is located on the
banks of the Kalamazoo River.
The largest hotel and meeting venue in
the Battle Creek area is FireKeepers Casino
Hotel. With 21,000 square feet of meeting
space across nine rooms and capacity for
2,000 guests, the property is well prepared
to host an array of events. FireKeepers, which has been awarded a
AAA Four Diamond rating for four years, recently opened Dacey’s Ta-
phouse. The new restaurant and bar has seating for 140 in the main
area with room for another 50 in the mezzanine.
Kalamazoo, once known as the celery capital of the world, continues
to evolve and expand. Earlier this year construction on a seven-story,
$70 million mixed-use building began in downtown. The property
will have retail, office and residential space. In the last 10 years,
Kalamazoo has also put $80 million into its arts and culture, which
is evident in many of the venues available for private rental. The
Kalamazoo Civic Theater, the historic Kalamazoo State Theater, Miller Auditorium on Western Michigan University’s campus, and the
Chenery Auditorium are all available for private functions.
Muskegon has over $1 billion in new or renovated buildings
in the works, including a redeveloped downtown area, a new-build convention facility and beginning this fall, the Holiday Inn
Downtown will undergo a property-wide renovation and become
a Delta by Marriott hotel. There’s also a multimillion-dollar new
development underway downtown.
“Nine local businessmen have purchased the old paper mill with
over 120 acres of waterfront property and will be building a new
hotel, housing, restaurants and more,” said Bernadette Benkert, sales
executive for Visit Muskegon.
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