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2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference & Awards

July 26th, 2016

2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference & Awards
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2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference & Awards Conference theme: Using tourism for local benefit The 2016 conference will be the 3rd in our annual series of sold-out conferences that aim to stimulate discussion and highlight the growth of responsible tourism in Ireland. This full-day conference will offer a range of perspectives regarding how communities can use tourism rather than be used by tourism – using tourism to generate local benefits. This includes: Recognising Success – using local case studies to demonstrate how businesses & communities are using tourism rather than being used by tourism; Measuring Success – how can we measure & quantify positive change at a local level; Organising for Success – what should be the responsibility of the community, public & private sectors in driving change at a local level; and Communicating  Success – how do you effectively promote your community or destination in overseas markets? The conference will be hosted by the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism and co-chaired by James Chilton and international responsible tourism expert Professor Harold Goodwin. The event will also be the 13th in the international Responsible Tourism in Destinations series, attracting international interest. The 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards will be presented during the afternoon – celebrating the champions of responsible tourism. Who will speaking at this event? Jennefer Bobbin – Founding Director, JUSTReport Marta Cabral – Director, Rota Vicentina Assoication, Portugal Professor Harold Goodwin – Manchester Metropolitan University and International Centre for Responsible Tourism, UK Mark Henry – Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland Chris Logan – Head of Ireland, Falcon/Thomson Holidays Fiona Monaghan – Head of Operations, Failte Ireland Kate Taylor – Taylored Training Other speakers to be confirmed in coming weeks YOU – this year there will be fewer speakers with more time for discussion More information on Conference Agenda The draft conference agenda can be downloaded here   2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards The 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards will be presented at the conference on 6th October. What makes these awards different? These will consist of a small and targeted number of awards highlighting the champions of responsible tourism. The Irish awards are part of the growing worldwide family of responsible tourism awards linked to the World Responsible Tourism Awards – enabling greater international awareness of Irish businesses and destinations. The awards will include: Best destination Best for accessible/inclusive tourism Best for natural heritage tourism Best local authority initiative for responsible tourism Best tourism accommodation for local sourcing Best innovation in responsible tourism Overall winner The 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards will inspire replication, excite media interest, and encourage competition and celebration from the tourism industry on the island of Ireland.The awards process will be strict and will be overseen and judged by the chair and organiser of the World Responsible Tourism Awards. Who should attend this event? Those who can make a difference and those who wish to learn more, including: owners and managers of visitor attractions, accommodation and services national and local government trade representative bodies hotel groups destination management organisations transport companies non-governmental organisations recreation bodies anyone with an interest in responsible tourism What are the benefits of attending this event? Gain an international perspective on the benefits of a responsible tourism approach Learn about economic opportunities & marketing advantages associated with responsible tourism – how a responsible tourism approach can save and generate additional revenue Learn about key initiatives happening in Ireland Meet some of the key players in responsible tourism nationally and internationally Discuss and debate key issues in responsible tourism and contribute to the future of responsible tourism in Ireland Free lunch and refreshments at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Free drinks and canapes following the conference and awards – a great networking opportunity! When do I need to book my ticket by? This event has limited capacity so if you are keen to attend we urge you to register as soon as you can. Delegates who have registered for the conference can attend the awards. There is no reduced fee for those who wish to attend the awards but not the conference.  Unfortunately we can no longer offer free places to those shortlisted due to a 100% increase in cost of hotel spaces for speakers since the last conference. We urge all who wish to attend the conference & awards to book hotels or B&B's if needed asap. What happens if I cannot attend? For those unable to attend, a substitute participant may be sent at any time for no additional charge. Please confirm name change to before the event. Alternatively a refund will be given for cancellations received in writing or email, up to 14 days prior to the conference, less an administration charge of 25%. No refunds can be made after that date. Speaker Profiles Jennefer Bobbin – Founding Director, JUSTReport Jenefer is Managing Director for JUSTreport, a transparent reporting company that helps small businesses monitor their social, economic and environmental impacts. As part of her master’s degree in Responsible Tourism Management she spent time in Nepal researching the need for an alternative/complementary system to certification that could be tailored to suit any travel business and any destination. Working with the Nepali tourism industry, she launched JUSTreport, a bespoke sustainability reporting scheme for the travel and tourism industry. Marta Cabral – Director, Rota Vicentina Association, Portugal Marta Cabral was born in Lisbon and lives in Aljezur. She graduated in Business Administration & Marketing (ISCTE) and began working at FIEMG, Brazil, where she had the opportunity to experience tourism, nature and cultural matters in a very inspiring way. After a short period at Parque Expo 98, in Lisbon, she managed the Casas Brancas local networking organisation from 2003 to 2015 based on the natural and cultural environment of the Algarve & Alentejo regions. In 2008 she started to develop and coordinate the Rota Vicentina project and was co-founder of the Rota Vicentina Association in 2013. The Rota Vicentina, launched in 2012, includes 400km of way-marked routes along the beautiful coastline of south-west Portugal, all within the South-West Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park. Rota Vicentina contributes to the sustainability of the region through the promotion of economic activity, stimulation of existing activities and services, maintenance and enhancement of local culture and traditions, stimulating new businesses and promoting the destination out of season. The trail network has received multiple awards, including the prestigious ‘Leading Quality Trails – Best in Europe’ certification by the European Ramblers Association. The project is underpinned by the non-profit Rota Vicentina Association – a partnership of over 150 businesses along the route. Marta is also part of several institutions in both Alentejo and Algarve regions, concerning a range of tourism, local development and environment policies. More information can be found at Professor Harold Goodwin – Manchester Metropolitan University and International Centre for Responsible Tourism, UK Harold has been at the forefront of Responsible Tourism since the late nineties, in 2002 he co-chaired the 1st International Conference in Responsible Tourism in Destinations and drafted the Cape Town Declaration which included the definition: using tourism to make better places for people to live in and for people to visit. Harold has worked with business and destinations around the world on how Responsible Tourism benefits businesses and how to maximise the positive impacts and minimise negative impacts.   For more information please visit Mark Henry – Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland Mark is an insight-driven, strategic marketer and is an established leader in deploying new media marketing.  He leads the Central Marketing Division of Tourism Ireland and has responsibility for the organisation’s marketing functions on the island of Ireland, with teams based in both Dublin and Coleraine.  His remit covers strategy development, research, brand, content, marketing communications, e-marketing, customer service, and cooperative marketing activity with the tourism industry.  He has previously led the promotion of national tourism initiatives such as “The Gathering 2013” and “Northern Ireland 2012” overseas.  Mark is currently Vice President of the European Travel Commission which unites 32 of Europe’s national tourist boards. Before joining Tourism Ireland Mark was Strategic Development Manager with the Internet arm of Horizon Technology Group plc.  Before that again he was Head of Research & Planning for the e-business subsidiary of eircom, the former state telecommunications company.  Mark possesses Masters degrees in both Psychology and Business Administration.   Chris Logan – Head of Ireland, Falcon/Thomson Holidays Chris began his career as a management consultant, working with Accenture for ten years. He worked with large business and government clients on projects to maximise new technology platforms to support new business opportunities and driving improved performance through process improvement. In 2009 Chris joined TUI, firstly in the Distribution division before moving into Operations in 2010 as General Manager for Groups and Weddings, where he developed and delivered a new strategic focus driving operational and process changes, growing this part of the business significantly. Chris’s subsequently took up a role in the Customer Operations Division, as Head of Property and Portfolio Change where he has played a key role in the retail leadership team, responsible for TUI UK & Ireland’s large property portfolio. During this role Chris became part of TUI’s Sustainability Steering Committee and was able to drive significant energy savings throughout the Retail and Head Office estate, through both technology and behavioural change. During this period he also assumed additional responsibility as the Customer Operations Business Lead for TUI UK’s IT Transformation Programme. Since February 2015, Chris holds the role of Head of Ireland for Falcon Holidays & Thomson, bringing experience and skills with him that will enable the Ireland business to continue to grow from strength to strength and deliver excellent performance and service to our customers. Fiona Monaghan – Head of Operations, Failte Ireland A native of Galway City Fiona studied at NUIG where she graduated with a B.Comm and a Diploma in Marketing Practice. She then went on to attain a Masters of Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin. While living and working in the US Fiona attained a diploma in Sports Marketing from New York University (NYU) School of Continuing & Professional Education. Fiona has worked in the Tourism sector for over 15 years both in the US and Ireland. On completion of her MBS in 1995 Fiona took up the position of Director of Sales for North America with the Doyle Hotel Group in Washington DC and worked with the organisation through the acquisition of a prominent DC hotel and subsequently during the merger with the Jurys Hotel Group. In late 1999, she relocated to New York to take up the position of Trade Promotions Manager with the Irish Tourist Board. In 2001, Bord Fáilte merged with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to form Tourism Ireland and Fiona held a number of positions with the organisation including the role of Manager of Strategic Planning & Advertising before returning to Ireland in 2007 to take up the role of Head of Operations with Fáilte Ireland in the West. Most recently Fiona has been appointed Head of Programme and Delivery for the Wild Atlantic Way, one of three key strategic programme areas in the Fáilte Ireland strategic plan 2013-2016. Up to the end of 2013, Fiona held the role of co-chair of the Lakelands & Inland Waterways initiative promoting the development and marketing of the Lakelands destination of Ireland. Fiona is currently an external examiner for GMIT’s tourism programmes. Kate Taylor – Taylored Training Kate Taylor (Howey) is a consultant, trainer, keynote speaker and lecturer, specialising in the tourism and hospitality sector. In senior Sales & Marketing roles for 17 years, Kate’s industry experience includes International Export, SME and a wide range of Tourism & Hospitality businesses. Kate is currently working with private clients and through various mentor panels, offering mentoring & guidance in strategic business planning and all aspects of sales & marketing management. With a real understanding of the hurdles tourism businesses face, Kate’s core objective is to provide her clients with the skills, tools and strategy to achieve results. Kate develops and facilitates a wide range of workshops for clients such as Failte Ireland, The Rubicon Centre, The Marketing Institute of Ireland and Leadership Management Ireland. Recent workshop topics have included ‘Marketing on a Shoestring’, ‘Strategic International Leads Management’ and ‘Consultative Selling for Small Businesses’. With a dynamic & engaging facilitation style, Kate excels in adapting the delivery of content to suit the needs of the participants. As well as holding an honours degree in European Business Studies, Kate is still highly regarded for her academic lecturing and research. With 15 years lecturing experience in a wide range of business subjects including Marketing, Sales Management and Strategic Management, Kate’s philosophy is to translate the textbook learnings into real life applications and to bring the theory alive for students. Kate’s current academic research focuses on “Co-opetition in Tourism Destinations” and is due to be published in 2015. Kate has lived and worked all over the globe, including the Far East, Middle East, Germany & Holland and brings this international and cross cultural expertise to her working life. James Chilton – Director, Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism James is a chartered town planner and strategic tourism planner. James has previously been employed as a director of a scuba diving school in London; as a regional recreation planner for New Zealand’s Department of Conservation and with Brady Shipman Martin in Dublin. James currently works as a freelance tourism consultant and frequently partners with a range of tourism, planning and engineering companies in Ireland as well as working with Fáilte Ireland. James has particular experience in destination planning, trail development, strategic tourism master-planning and responsible tourism development. James has a long-standing interest in responsible tourism, completing an MSc in Tourism Conservation and Sustainable Development with the International Centre for Responsible Tourism in 2001. James is Director of the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism and established the Irish Responsible Tourism Conference series in 2014 & the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards in 2015, in partnership with the World Responsible Tourism Awards run by For more information please visit

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Recreation Resources and Tourism in Washington State

July 13th, 2016

Washington State is a splendid place for recreation but no place in the Nation rivals the Pacific Northwest in terms of National forests and parks.  These are great places for recreational activities and the Pacific Northwest has a particularly high volume of these areas including the Olympic National Park.  It is often referred to as “three parks in one” and offers water and winter sports.  The divided areas include the glaciered mountains and high country of the interior, the rain forest, and the wilderness coastline.  Even though the area west of the Cascades is extremely moist the coastal region of the state sports many beautiful beaches that attract many beach-goers.  The official site of Washington State tourism has information on things to do and see through a very thorough listing of available activities including dog sledding, kayaking, paragliding, and llama trekking and there are numerous outdoor activities to be done even in the city of Seattle.

The state of Washington has a particularly large array of possible activities including beaches, snow-topped mountains, and forests for attracting hunters, campers, and hikers.  Few states are able to support both skiing and ocean beach recreation.  The best outdoor activities can be found in national forests and a significant portion the Nation’s supply is in the Pacific Northwest.  Idaho, Oregon, and Washington have some of the largest surface areas of national forests of any state in the country.

The Olympic Peninsula sports many beaches including three that are connected by a triangular trail that includes Sand Point, Cape Alava, and Lake Ozette.  Sand Point is home to a large sea otter population and the area commonly sees whales, seals, and sea lions.  The actor John Wayne believed that Sequim Bay was a perfect place for a marina.  In 1975 the actor donated the land to have a marina built on it and it now displays some John Wayne memorabilia.  Sekiu Trail, also known as One-Mile Beach has many cave opportunities and tide pools.  Fort Hayden, used as a World War II military base, can be visited at Salt Creek on the north end of the Olympic Peninsula.  Two popular beach resort areas along the coast include Ocean Shores and Long Beach, the latter of which is host to the International Kite Festival that happens once a year.

Washington has a relatively large area of national forests making up a total of nine including the gigantic Olympic, which was established in 1938.  The Forest has different regions with different names such as Queets Rain Forest, Wonder Mountain Wilderness, and Buckhorn Wilderness.  It has received recognition for being the best National Park for springtime activity by GORP.  In the northeastern portion of the Olympic National Park lies the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area and in the northwestern portion of the park is the Sol Duc hot springs where one can relax and even enjoy a nice massage from a professional massage therapist.  The Native American Quinault tribe from the southeast section of the Peninsula even offers bird-watching tours by motor-driven canoe.

Mount Olympus National Monument was Olympic National Park’s original name given back in 1909 because of the mountain’s relative bigness.  The mountain is now home to many climbers who like to challenge the 7,965-foot elevation, the highest peak of the Olympic Mountains.  Between late June and early September is the best time to tackle this climb but it is recommended that climbers have practice in crevasse rescue before hand because of the risk of falling into a hidden crevasse.

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Tourism In Boston City

October 12th, 2014

Boston city is one of the most useful metropolitan areas that can be in the pipeline for just about any tourist task. The reason being of this landscape and the geographical precise location of the town. It’s situated at a spot in which all things are near. You can head to beach or perhaps you can go to the hills or perhaps you can go elsewhere you need inside the town and outside.
There are lots of places that have been specifically designed for the tourist so that they have the difference from other places worldwide they’ve visited. The tourist will get some additional services so they make a very good image of town if they go back to their places. It is high up into the selection of the metropolitan areas being generating lot income from tourism that is a very profitable company within the contemporary globe. Due to the fact tourism happens to be promoted in Boston it offers resulted in a great many other advantages just like the inbound of more company and more investment from other places folks are settling here and beginning new businesses being contributing to the town’s economy a great deal.
Tourists who are about to visited Boston must come because there are many activities waiting for them that adventures are among their kinds. These tasks aren’t within any town or spot all over the globe because Boston always its guest to be delighted. Boston can also be extremely famous for its sporting activities and special the baseball stadiums which can be the very contemporary plus the tournaments are taking place throughout the year so you can avail the opportunity to see your preferred team and player reside in front of you.
Other then container ball a number of other recreations activities may going on all over the year based upon the summer season in which you come. The environment of Boston normally extremely favorable for investing holidays and particularly in summers when the environment is very normal and the sea breeze is blowing on the coastline. The beach of Boston is also well developed with the latest facilities like searching, swimming, jet skies and other entertainment like these.
There are several extremely exotic resorts that are very high standard and folks also await their turns to go there. These resorts have the initial spa treatments for women whom like spa. These resorts a designed for the individuals who want top solutions in the world where they could invest their holiday breaks in complete calmness with great joy.
They’ve unique tourist attractions for his or her tourists like evening coastline events and dinners with awesome meals. It’s like a paradise in the world when you are on holiday breaks in Boston. You can certainly do what you may want all that’s necessary is an idea in what you want to do. If you would like go after a camping trip you can go easily because very good arrangements is there for camping at extremely arranged internet sites which can be extremely protected.


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LIVING MADE SIMPLE- Tourism, Travel in Panama

July 1st, 2013

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Wine Immersion Bootcamp – Wine Tourism Day

April 18th, 2013

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What Are the Top 5 Medical Tourism Destinations?

September 9th, 2012

Some of the countries that are preferred for the medical tour destinations provide all features as well as facilities with lower cost packages. Experts strongly believe that these medical tourism destinations will create a positive impact on the country’s economy and also for the benefits of traders and patients. The phenomenon of the medical tourism destinations would also encourage the investors from the foreign countries who hold interest with those countries.

You can find the best service as well as attendance from these medical tourism destinations with low or at least with reasonable price. Several hospitals will have their tie-up with those recreational facilities in order to provide best services to the patients. You can come with your money for the treatment and in case if the treatment money exceeds beyond your budget or if you need some other luxurious treatments, then medical tourism destinations would provide with all the facilities. You can get the best services as like you get in a five star hotel.

Regarding the top 5 most medical tourism destinations, the following are the best medical tourism destinations with all features and quality are as follows:

Costa Rica


Panama is one of the best medical tourism destinations that provide 40 to 50 percent lower cost when compared with the cost for similar surgeries provided in the United States. This report on the medical tourism was published in NCPA (National Center for Policy Analysis). Though cost for surgeries are expensive in the United States, people from United States feel comfortable in travelling to Panama as the travel expense from United States to Panama is less. Panama is also one of the Americanized countries that are attracted for both medical destinations as well as the tourist spots. United States Dollars is the official currency for this place and majority of the physicians are trained from the major universities from the United States.

Since medical tourism destinations play a major in economy improvement, Panama also has shown its economy improvement through these medical achievements that heavily relies on the industries. Panama has independently negotiated with free agreement regarding the trade with United States during the year 2006 rather than participating in CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement). Finally, panama has got its wide opportunities with the medical tourism and also with other types of services like real estates, tourism related services etc.


Brazil can be said as the international Mecca for the treatment of cosmetic as well as plastic surgeries. Brazil has got its fame in the medical tourism started with Ivo pitanguy who is a world renowned plastic surgeon opened clinic before 40 years ago outside Rio de Janeiro. When compared with United States as well as with other countries, Brazil provides high quality surgeons and also with less cost as they are the world’s second largest market for the treatment of plastic surgeons. In terms with general medical treatment, Brazil deserves the name for best medical tourism destination as several hospitals are located with JCAHO (joint commission America hospital organization). JCAHO is the United State’s largest accreditation organization according to the medical tourism service website.

Sao Paulo is the largest city in the Brazil that has several world’s best hospitals with advanced equipments, latest technologies and also with high trained physicians etc. Hence with all these credentials, Brazil will be predicted to become one of the best as well as dominant economic countries in the world. Moreover, people from any place in the United States can reach Brazil within 8 to 12 hours by airways.


Medical tourism industry has been growing rapidly in Malaysia during recent years. People from several countries seeking healthcare treatment in Malaysia has been increased to 296, 687 patients during the year 2006. Previously, it was about 75,210 during the year 2001. Year by year, number of people from all over the world for seeking healthcare is increasing. The association of private hospitals in Malaysia is expecting 30% growth during the year 2010.

Medical procedures in Malaysia offer treatments for cosmetic, dentals and cardiac surgeries etc. with lesser cost. For example, cardiac bypass surgery costs around $ 6000 to $ 7000 in Malaysia and the same surgery cost around $ 9000 to $ 12000 in United States. Malaysia is not only attracted for the medical tourism destinations but also for its economic stability, tourist spots as well as higher rate in literacy. Will all these features, Malaysia can also be said as one of the best place for medical tourism destinations.


Costa Rica is the place that suits best to the North American people for getting medical treatments with cheaper costs. Each year, more than 150,000 foreigners are visiting Costa Rica for getting benefit with low cost treatments. For instance, treatment for dental veneer in Costa Rica costs around 300$ to 350$ and the same procedure would cost around 1250$ to 1500$ in United States. Hence, people in United States are willing to travel through airways to Costa Rica for getting treatment. You can reach to Costa Rica within 10 hours from any part of United States through flight. Costa Rican government is taking necessary plans for negotiating with free agreement through CAFTA.


According to the report of NCPA (National Center of Policy Analysis), India has got its high quality treatment along with cheaper cost when compared with all other medical tourism destinations. Many hospitals located around India are accredited with JCI (Joint Commission International) and also with cutting-edge latest technologies as well as well trained physicians. Though India provides high quality treatment with less cost, it ranked in 5th place rather than in 1st place because of the amount restrictions from foreign investors and also the distance between United States and India through flight can be approximately 20 hours.

Medical tourism in India including the foreign patients was about 500,000 during the year 2005. Previously, it was just 150,000 patients during the year 2002. Rapid growth is experiencing and it is expected around 1 million during the year 2010. Even in monetary terms, experts have estimated that medical tourism would bring around 2 billion dollars by the year 2012. India has got its fame in the orthopedic as well as cardiac procedures. Most of the American patients will travel to India for the treatment of Birmingham Hip resurfacing where the treatment for the same is not available in the United States. The treatment for this Birmingham his resurfacing in India has been approved by FDA.

Apart from these, most of the surgeries that are very expensive in the United States are available in India at a cheaper cost. For example, cardiac surgery would cost around 30,000$ in the United States and the same surgery cost just 4000$ in the Apollo hospital in New Delhi, India.


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Should Environmental Restrictions Be Put On Private Space Tourism Flights?

June 17th, 2012

It is an uncommonly known fact that when you shoot rockets up into space it leaves a small ozone hole each time, and generally these close up by themselves, other than that I cannot think of any atmospheric issues we should worry about with large numbers of private space tourism rockets. But, I am not the Global Warming Alarmist supporter looking for headlines as my science is called into legitimate question due to the doctoring of climate research data am I?

An article in Space Travel – Exploration and Tourism Online entitled: “Soot from Space Tourism Rockets Could Spur Climate Change,” written by its Staff Writers in Washington DC and posted on October 25, 2010 stated that a recent NASA study concerned with the 1,000s of space flights in the next couple of decades for space tourism could cause significant upper atmosphere pollution. The study predicts that the exhaust from these rockets could indeed cause particulates that would absorb rather than reflect sunlight, thus, contribute to Global Warming.

They are particularly worried about the soot, not necessarily mankind’s CO2 – and yet, as a non-environmentalist, I do have a significant problem in all of this. I wonder do these global warming folks ever get a life – and, why is it that NASA can pay for all these studies, yet cut the space program so significantly? Does the whole world, all of academia, and all of human politics really have to center around Global Warming “THEORY” because, it sound like a lot of hot air to me.

Remember CO2 is a “trace gas” and makes up a very small percentage of our atmosphere – and humankind only puts out 2.6% of the CO2 in the atmosphere, the rest comes from naturally occurring things. It’s seems ridiculous that the global warming folks have infiltrated every single aspect of our society, government, and academia to the point that it’s all about them, and their global-warming religion, instead of about the human life experience.

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Tourism in metropolitan Detroit

June 16th, 2011

Tourism in metropolitan Detroit

Market overview

Tourists can ride in a Model T in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, a National Historic Landmark.

The metropolitan region’s tourism industry depends on drawing large crowds to positively impact the local economy. As the world’s traditional automotive center, the city hosts the annual North American International Auto Show in January, a multi-day event. Other major multi-day events which reflect the region’s culture such as the Motown Winter Blast and the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival can draw super sized-crowds of hundreds of thousands to over three million people. In 2006, the four-day Motown Winter Blast drew a cold weather crowd of about 1.2 million people to Campus Martius Park area downtown. Metro Detroit is one of thirteen U.S. cities with teams from four major sports.

Besides casino gaming, the region’s leading attraction is The Henry Ford, America’s largest indoor-outdoor museum complex, a museum entertainment complex with an IMAX theater next to the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. The Detroit Institute of Arts in the cultural center downtown is another leading attraction. The Detroit Festival of the Arts in Midtown draws about 350,000 people. The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak has the nation’s largest polar bear exhibit, the Arctic Ring of Wildlife. The zoo has a train which encircles the park. Together, The Henry Ford, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Zoo attract about 2,500,000 visitors annually.

Greektown in Detroit

Another automotive attraction cataloging the history of the industry is the Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Historic tours of the mansions of the auto barons such as Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe, Henry Ford’s Fair Lane Estate in Dearborn, and the Lawrence Fisher Mansion in Detroit are available.

The city’s Greektown is a busy entertainment district. The city has evolved into a center for the major casino resorts – MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City Casino, Greektown Casino, and Caesars Windsor just across the river in Canada. The metropolitan region’s potential to attract super-sized crowds should not be underestimated. Just across the river, Caesars Windsor attracts about six million visitors annually. More than fifteen million people cross the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel annually. An estimated 46 million people live within a 300 mile (480 km) radius of Metro Detroit. Since 2000, the city has seen continuous annual increases in tax revenues from its casinos; the city collected and estimated 8,250,000 in casino taxes alone for 2007, with the casino resorts open in 2008. The Detroit International Riverfront hosts an events including the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival in late June with one of the nation’s largest displays of fireworks and the Electronic Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend. The New York Times listed Detroit among its 53 world travel destinations for 2008.

Movie studios in the metro area help establish the state as a legitimate contender in the 12-month-a-year film business. Detroit Center Studios (2009) will debut at the downtown building which was the start-up casino for MGM Grand to create digital animation and visual effects. Motown Motion Picture Studios (2009) with 600,000 square feet will produce movies at the Pontiac Centerpoint Business Campus for a film industry expected to employ over 4,000 people in the metro area.

Hospitality infrastructure

Cruise ships, hotels, and resorts

Detroit Princess Riverboat charter hosts regularly scheduled public cruises.

MGM Grand Detroit.

The Dock of Detroit on Hart Plaza near the Renaissance Center receives major cruise ships and tall ships. The Great Lakes Cruising Coalition supports passenger ship cruises through a joint U.S-Canadian venture to Great Lakes Ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor in downtown Detroit offers public docks for boaters.

Besides its casino resorts, the Detroit area has tens of thousands of hotel rooms. The city’s hospitality industry has hosted many major conventions as well as sporting events. The Marriott corporation and Starwood Hotels (Westin and Sheraton) have a significant presence in the region. The area has many luxury hotels and resorts including the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel which was restored in 2008. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and the Omni Detroit Hotel at Riverplace have waterfront views. An example of investment in the city’s historic downtown area is the restored Inn at Ferry Street, a collection of Victorian bed and breakfasts in the cultural district near the Detroit Institute of Arts. Downtown Detroit has about 5,000 hotel rooms, with 4,000 in walking distance of its Cobo Hall convention center. The suburb of Novi has about 5,300 hotels rooms within a 10-mile radius and the suburb of Pontiac has about 5,800 within a 10-mile radius.

In 2003, General Motors completed a 0 million redevelopment of the Renaissance Center as its world headquarters. The east riverfront promenade development was planned at and additional 9 million, including 5 million from GM and million from the Kresge Fundation. The International Riverfront is linked by the River Walk, a promenade along connecting the cruise ship dock on Hart Plaza to a series of parks, restaurants, Asian Village, retail shops, and other venues from the Marriott at the Renaissance Center to the Omni Hotel at Riverplace on the historic Stroh’s riverplace site. Compuware CEO Peter Karmanos would played in the financing to reconstruct the city’s historic restoration of Campus Martius Park which now hosts events such as the Motown Winter Blast in January attracting large crowds.

Shopping and restaurants

See also: List of shopping malls in Michigan

Somerset Collection South adjacent to the Somerset Inn in Troy.

Several restaurant clusters with shopping districts and malls may be found throughout the region including Greektown, downtown, the Renaissance Center, Somerset Collection mall, Troy, Grosse Pointe, Dearborn, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Livonia, Ann Arbor and other suburbs.

Metropolitan Detroit has a variety of major shopping venues such as the upscale Somerset Collection mall in Troy which mall developers consider to be among the nation’s top privately held mall properties with 2004 annual sales of about 0 million and sales per square foot at 0 compared to the national average of 1. The Mall at Partridge Creek is an upscale outdoor lifestyle center located in Clinton Township. Other notable shopping malls in Detroit include Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, Laurel Park Place in Livonia, Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, which was expanded in 2007 to include Nordstrom; and Great Lakes Crossing, an outlet mall in Auburn Hills which is among the largest malls in Michigan.

A new shopping center, the Shoppes at Gateway Park, is slated for construction in 2009-10 within Detroit’s city limits. When complete, the outdoor mall will provide the city of Detroit proper with its first full-line department store in nearly a decade.

The Eastern Market Historic District, a farmer’s distribution center in downtown Detroit, is the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States and has more than 150 foods and specialty businesses. On Saturdays, about 45,000 people shop the city’s historic Eastern Market.

Political impact

The city’s mayor in the 1990s, Dennis Archer, also a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice, supported a plan which resulted in new casino resorts as a catalyst for urban development in Detroit. Initially, Archer’s plan was for a casino cluster along the east riverfront. In April 2005, after an eight-year legal battle over the bidding process, the courts cleared the way for the City of Detroit to permit its temporary casinos to build all new casino resorts, to open in late 2007. The settlement was further complicated by MGM’s acquisition of Mandalay Bay, then owner of the Motor City Casino. Upon acceptance of the settlement, Detroit entrepreneur Marion Illitch exercised her option to purchase Motor City Casino, outbidding other partners. The plan for the casino resort locations changed as the city decided instead to have the a promenade of parks along the International Riverfront to spur residential development, thus freeing the casinos to build in other areas of downtown. Detroit is the largest American city and metropolitan region to offer casino resorts.

2008 Tour De Troit.

There are .3 billion in new construction projects downtown. In 2007, complementing the MGM Grand Detroit, DTE Energy announced a million transformation of the area around its downtown headquarters into an urban oasis with parks, walkways, and a reflecting pool. Completion of the MGM Grand Detroit resort in 2007 has opened new prospects for future development downtown with the west riverfront area and the area from MGM Grand Detroit to the Michigan Central Station. The question of how to finance a new convention facility to accommodate the expanding needs of the North American International Auto Show generated media attention and speculation with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s proposal for a fourth casino resort to anchor the convention center following the example of the Las Vegas Sands Expo convention center which would need approval from a state wide referendum. Governor Jennifer Granholm ultimately signed legislation on July 2, 2009 for a nearly 0 million expansion of Cobo Center; the plan calls for a 166,000 square foot addition. The legislation created a five-member board, appointed by the governor, the City of Detroit, and Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties to oversee the operation of the center with the city retaining ownership. The project, which also calls for the demolition of Cobo Arena in order to expand the center began October 1, 2009. Redevelopment design concepts include the possible addition of glass walls to connect the complex with the waterfront.

Detroit’s geographic proximity to Windsor, Ontario provides for spectacular views and nightlife, along with Ontario’s 19-and-older drinking age. The political clout of beer-drinking consumers has grown in the state, with politicians concerned about a backlash from the “beer vote” over a possible increase in the beer tax.

A strategy entitled Pure Michigan resulted in the State’s tourism website ranking as the busiest in the nation. Metro Detroit “urban destinations” such as The Henry Ford, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Zoo were also emphasized in the strategy. This led to support for proposals for increased funding in 2008 for the Travel Michigan budget from Detroit area legislators.

Cultural centers

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Museum of African American History in Detroit.

The Midtown and the New Center area are centered around Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital. Midtown attracts millions of visitors each year to its museums and cultural centers. Other significant cultural centers include those in Dearborn, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Pointe, Rochester Hills, and Ann Arbor. The fortunes of region’s auto barons and business leaders continue to facilitate philanthropy for museums and cultural centers.

The Detroit Cultural Center Historic District contains the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Science Center, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Detroit Public Library is part of Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places adjacent to Wayne State University campus and across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the Detroit Public Library (1921) was constructed with Vermont marble and serpentine Italian marble trim in an Italian Renaissance style. His son, Cass Gilbert, Jr. was a partner with Francis J. Keally in the design of the library’s additional wings added in 1963. Cass Gilbert also designed the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C..

Detroit Institute of Arts

Entering the Detroit Institute of Arts’ hallway, visitors pass the armor collection of William Randolph Hearst. Through the entry way is a grand marble court lined along the upper and lower levels with Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals, commissioned by Edsel Ford. The French-American architect Paul Philippe Cret designed the building. The museum is part of the city’s Cultural Center Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Institute is among the largest art museums in the United States and contains over 100 galleries. The museum houses the 1150-seat Detroit Film Theatre, also used to showcase famous collections. Officials at the DIA have ranked the American paintings collection third among museums in the United States. Works by American artists began to be collected immediately following the museum’s founding in 1883.

The collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts include ancient Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian material, as well as a wide range of Islamic, African and Asian art of all media.


Theatre in Detroit is part of the Broadway theatre circuit. The Windsor-Detroit casino resorts have nightclubs, restaurants, and large performance centers for shows. Star performances in the city’s theatre district complement major events such as North American International Auto Show. There are a number of popular nightclubs including the Necto in Ann Arbor, the three-level St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, and the casino resorts.

Fox Theatre is a National Historic Landmark near Detroit’s Grand Circus.

Live music has been the dominant feature of Detroit’s nightlife since the late 1940s bringing the city worldwide attention. The metropolitan area has two of the top live music venues in the United States: DTE Energy Music Theatre and The Palace of Auburn Hills The Detroit Theatre District is the nation’s second largest after Manhattan’s Broadway. Major theaters include the Fox Theatre, Masonic Temple Theatre, the Detroit Opera House, and the Fisher Theatre. Detroit’s Orchestra Hall is the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The city hosts several annual music events, including the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Electronic Music Festival, the Motor City Music Conference (MC2), the Urban Organic Music Conference, the Concert of Colors, and the hip-hop Summer Jamz music festival.


CityFest in the New Center with Cadillac Place in the backdrop across from the Hotel St. Regis.

Fireworks at the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival.

Major festivals and events


North American International Auto Show

Cobo Hall – January.

Plymouth Ice Festival

Ice sculpture spectacular in January.

Motown Winter Blast

Campus Martius Park – January or February.

Detroit Music Awards

Held at The Fillmore Detroit Theatre in April.

Downriver Dream Cruise

Held in Southgate, Lincoln Park, Riverview, and Wyandotte.

Detroit Electronic Music Festival

Memorial Day weekend.

Civil War Remembrance

Held at The Henry Ford on Memorial Day.

Detroit Festival of the Arts

Midtown – early June.

Motor Muster

Held at The Henry Ford on Father’s Day weekend in June.

Detroit River Days

Detroit Riverfront- late June.

Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival

Last week of June.

Salute to America

Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs at The Henry Ford the four nights around on the Fourth of July.

CityFest sponsored by Comerica

Held in the New Center area around the Fourth of July.

Tall ships at the Dock of Detroit

Hart Plaza – summer.

Ann Arbor Art Fairs


APBA Gold Cup

Detroit Thunderfest hydroplane races.

Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance

Formal event and classic car show at Meadowbrook Hall in early August.

Detroit Fashion Week


Fash Bash – a major fashion event

Coordinated by the Detroit Institute of Arts, typically at the Renaissance Center in August.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Third Saturday in August.

Meadowbrook Music Festival

Rochester Hills, July-September.

Detroit Indy Grand Prix

Belle Isle Park – Labor Day weekend.

Detroit International Jazz Festival

International Riverfront – Labor Day weekend.

Rochester Art & Apples Festival sponsored by National City

Weekend after Labor Day.

Old Car Festival

Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford typically the weekend after Labor Day.

Urban Organic Festival link

Every fall.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Theatre in Detroit

Spring, fall, and winter.

Sports and recreation

Comerica Park in 2007 adjacent to Ford Field.

Main articles: Sports in metropolitan Detroit, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, and Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

The area which has hosted several major sporting events in order to attract large crowds such as Super Bowl XL; in fact, Detroit is the only northern city to have hosted two Super Bowls. Ford Field hosted the 2009 NCAA Final Four, where North Carolina defeated Michigan State; in April 2007 it hosted WrestleMania 23. Major League Baseball’s 2005 All-Star Game was held at Comerica Park, as were 2006 World Series games due to the Detroit Tigers success. The 2005 All Star Game injected million into the area economy, while Super Bowl XL injected 0 million. In 2008, the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park reported 3.2 million visitors with a 98.6 percent attendance rate.

The area has a 24,000 acre network of “metro parks” which receives about 9 million visitors annually Outdoor activities in the metro region include downhill and cross-county skiing at Alpine Valley Ski Resort, Mt. Brighton, Mt Holly, and Pine Knob Ski Resort, Huron River kayaking and canoeing available through the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, and fresh water beaches such as Metro Beach, Kensington Beach, and Stony Creek Beach. Golf is an important sporting activity in the metropolitan area with a variety of courses, country clubs, and resorts. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is the only international wildlife preserve in North America, uniquely located in the heart of a major metropolitan area. The refuge includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands along 48 miles of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie shoreline.

Sites of interest

The beach on Lake St. Clair in the Metro Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores

The Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life. The Zoo’s Rackham Memorial Fountain.

Metro location

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Belle Isle Park – downtown Detroit

Architecture of metropolitan Detroit

City and suburbs

Automotive Hall of Fame

The Henry Ford – Dearborn

Charles H. Wright Museum

of African American History


Cranbrook Educational Community

Bloomfield Hills

Chrysler Museum

Auburn Hills

Detroit Institute of Arts


Detroit Historical Museum


Detroit Science Center


Theatre in Detroit

Downtown Detroit and New Center

Detroit Zoo

Royal Oak

Domino’s Petting Farm

Ann Arbor

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tour

Grosse Pointe

Henry Ford’s Fair Lane Estate tour


Kensington Metropark Beach


The Henry Ford


Lawrence Fisher House tour


Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ann Arbor

Meadowbrook Hall

Matilda Dodge-Wilson Estate tour

Rochester Hills

Metro Beach Metropark

Harrison Township

Lake St. Clair

Motown Historical Museum


Renaissance Center

Detroit International Riverfront

Russell A. Alger Jr., House,

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Grosse Pointe

Stony Creek Metropark Beach

Shelby Township

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor

Wayne State University



Main article: Transportation in metropolitan Detroit

Photo gallery

The Elwood Bar and Grill is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The R. Hirt Jr., Co. (1893) in the Eastern Market. The architect is unknown.

Detroiter Bar in Bricktown.

Cheli’s Chili Bar on Grand Circus Park has a across from Comerica Park.

See also

Metro Detroit portal

Detroit celebrities

Detroit-style pizza

Images of Metro Detroit

Images of Michigan

Michigan History magazine

List of museums in Michigan

2020 Summer Olympics



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Further reading

A&E with Richard Guy Wilson, Ph.D.,(2000). America’s Castles: The Auto Baron Estates, A&E Television Network.

Bridenstine, James (1989). Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0814321615. 

Cantor, George (2005). Detroit: An Insiders Guide to Michigan. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0472030922. 

Fisher, Dale (1996). Ann Arbor: Visions of the Eagle. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 096156234X. 

Fisher, Dale (2005). Southeast Michigan: Horizons of Growth. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 1891143255. 

Fisher, Dale (1994). Detroit: Visions of the Eagle. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 0-9615623-3-1. 

Gavrilovich, Peter and Bill McGraw (2000). The Detroit Almanac. Detroit Free Press. ISBN 0-937247-34-0. 

Hauser, Michael and Marianne Weldon (2006). Downtown Detroit’s Movie Palaces (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4102-8. 

Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. 

Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C.P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A.I.A. (1980). Detroit Architecture A.I.A. Guide Revised Edition. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. 

Sharoff, Robert (2005). American City: Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3270-6. 

Wilson, Matilda Rausch Dodge, Debbie Patrick, ed., (1998). A Place in the Country: Matilda Wilson’s Personal Guidebook to Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, MI: Oakland University Press.

Woodford, Arthur M. (2001). This is Detroit 1701-2001. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-2914-4. 

External links

Detroit travel guide from Wikitravel

Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau

The New York Times listed Detroit on its list 53 places to visit in 2008. “The 53 Places to Go in 2008” cited the new Casino resorts and the Detroit Institute of Arts as tourist attractions.

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Canton Township  Clinton Township  Dearborn  Livonia  Sterling Heights  Troy  Warren  Westland


50,000 to 80,000

Dearborn Heights  Farmington Hills  Grosse Pointe  Macomb Township  Novi  Pontiac  Redford Township  Rochester Hills  Royal Oak  Saint Clair Shores  Shelby Township  Southfield  Taylor  Waterford Township  West Bloomfield Township

Satellite cities

Ann Arbor  Brighton  Flint  Howell  Lapeer  Monroe  Port Huron  Windsor, Ontario

Counties in MSA

Lapeer  Livingston  Macomb  Oakland  St. Clair  Wayne

Counties in CSA

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Baldwin Theatre Bohemian National Home Bonstelle Theatre Century Theatre City Theatre Detroit Film Theatre Detroit Masonic Temple Detroit Opera House Detroit Repertory Theatre Fisher Theatre The Fillmore Detroit Fox Theatre Gem Theatre Grande Ballroom Greektown Casino Harpos Concert Theatre Hilberry Theatre MGM Grand Detroit Majestic Theater Max M. Fisher Music Center Motor City Casino Music Hall Center Orchestra Hall Redford Theatre Senate Theatre Studio Theatre


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Shopping malls in metropolitan Detroit


Class A/B

Briarwood Mall  Eastland Center  Fairlane Town Center  Great Lakes Crossing  Lakeside Mall  Laurel Park Place  Macomb Mall  The Mall of Monroe  Northland Center  Oakland Mall  Renaissance Center  Somerset Collection  Southland Center  Twelve Oaks Mall  Westland Center


Lifestyle Center

Class A/B

Green Oak Village Place  The Mall at Partridge Creek  Pavilions of Troy (approved)  Shoppes at Gateway Park (approved)  Southgate Shopping Center  Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk  The Village of Rochester Hills  Wonderland Village

Class C/

Closed, under redevelopment

or demolished

Arborland Center  Brighton Mall  Great Oaks Mall  Lincoln Park Shopping Center   Livonia Mall  Summit Place Mall  Tel-Twelve Mall  Universal Mall  Winchester Mall

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Parks in metropolitan Detroit

Detroit city

Belle Isle Campus Martius Dequindre Cut International Riverfront Fort Wayne Grand Circus Michigan State Fairgrounds Palmer Park Patton Park
Water Works Park Washington Boulevard


600 to 1,500 acres (243 to 607 ha)

Addison Oaks Algonac State Park Belle Isle Camp Dearborn Crosswinds Marsh Independence Oaks Lower Huron Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area Metro Beach Metropark River Rouge Park Sterling State Park

1,500 to 5,000 acres (607 to 2,023 ha)

Bald Mountain Hines Drive Hudson Mills Huron Meadows Indian Springs Kensington Lake Erie Metropark Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Oakwoods Pointe Mouillee State Game Area Stony Creek Metropark Wolcott Mill Willow

over 5,000 acres (2,023 ha)

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Highland Recreation Area Ortonville Recreation Area Waterloo State Recreation Area


Clinton River Detroit River (Islands) Huron River Lake St. Clair River Rouge St. Clair River

Major beaches

Belle Isle Brighton Recreation Area
Kensington Lakeside Beach and Park Lighthouse Beach and Park Metro Beach Stony Creek


5 to 17 miles (8 to 27 km)

Bald Mountain Detroit River Walk / Dequindre Cut Highland Recreation Lakes Kensington Lakelands Trail State Park Maybury State Park Novi North Park Paint Creek Trail Poly Ann Trail Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Stony Creek Inwood Trails

Zoological and botanical

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Cranbrook Detroit Zoo Matthaei Botanical Gardens

See also Tourism in metropolitan Detroit and Huron-Clinton Metroparks

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