Member Newsletter

January 2022

President's Message

Julie Pingston, President

The GLCVB is ready to move forward in 2022 in an energizing way.  For example, we will launch a new format of our annual Visitor Guide, host some impactful national level sporting events, return larger conventions to the community, and move our DEI work forward while also initiating workforce development strategies for the industry.  We’re looking forward to a year in which we keep building the momentum to impact the region’s economic stability.

At the beginning of this new year, I would like to take a moment and share great appreciation for the amazing team members at the GLCVB!  There is no team that is more dedicated and passionate about this community than the team working on your behalf.  It has been a long 21 months of uncertainty but we’re looking forward to steady growth for the industry throughout 2022.  Thank you team GLCVB!!!

I also thank and recognize the GLCVB Board of Directors and Team Lansing Foundation Board of Directors for their work over the past year!  We welcome Cindy Bowen (General Manager, Crowne Plaza Lansing West) as the 2022 Chair of the GLCVB Board as we thank Eric Sudol (General Manger, East Lansing Marriott) for his service over the past two years as Chair!  The GLCVB is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated Board members who lend their expertise and time in so many ways.  Thank you!

Looking forward to the next steps for 2022!  Please reach out to me at if I can assist you in any way.  Thank you!


Save the Date for Annual Meeting

Lansing Skyline

Watch your inbox for your invite to the GLCVB’s Annual Meeting to be held the morning of March 1st at NCG Cinema. Enjoy breakfast while networking with your industry peers. Learn about the GLCVB’s 2021 results and hear about the new initiatives planned for 2022.

Be a Tourist In Your Own Town 2022 Cancelled

Be A Tourist Impression 5 - Cropped

The GLCVB has made the very difficult decision to not host the Be A Tourist In Your Own Town event in 2022. Instead, we will be relaunching our very successful "Love Lansing Like A Local" advertising campaign, encouraging Greater Lansing residents to get out and visit all our amazing attractions throughout the summer months. We appreciate your ongoing partnership and support!

Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces 2022 Board of Directors

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce its Board Officers for 2022. The complete roster is listed below:

Cindy Bowen, CHA, CTA, Chair - Crowne Plaza Lansing West

Marcus Kirkpatrick, Vice-Chair - Delta Charter Township Parks & Recreation 

Kellie Dean, Secretary/Treasurer - Dean Transportation/Dean Trailways 

Eric Sudol, CTA, Past-Chair - East Lansing Marriott at University Place  

Kenric Hall, CTA - Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol 

Dorothy E. Maxwell, MPA, CTA - Max Weingar Group        

Tyler Parsons - Lansing Lugnuts 

Tracie Kent, CTA - Residence Inn by Marriott & Towneplace Suites - East Lansing 

Rebecca Selesky - Residential and Hospitality Services, MSU 

Derrell Slaughter - Ingham County Commissioner  

“We are very fortunate to have such a vital, dedicated group of business professionals and community leaders comprising our Board,” said Bureau President, Julie Pingston. “As always, our goal in 2022 will be to work together for the best interest of our hospitality partners and to continue to grow tourism in the Greater Lansing region.” 

I-496 Rebuild Project Webinar

Map of where construction will be

Starting in 2022, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest approximately $82 million to rebuild I-496 and perform preventive maintenance and repairs on 17 bridges between Lansing Road and the Grand River. The downtown Lansing section of I-496 will be closed and detoured for most of 2022.

The GLCVB has planned a webinar with MDOT to hear the construction planning stages and communication strategies for our stakeholders to be able to provide specific information to those visiting our destination. 

We hope you can participate in the webinar on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 10:00 am. A webinar link will be emailed to you after registration.

Please feel free to include those you think may benefit from the information. Together we can prepare the best strategy to assist our visitors and help local member businesses continue to prosper.

Learn More & Register to Attend

Member Portal Training

Member Portal Login Page

Upload additional images to feature your business on the new website and remember to create your company's coupons for 2022! 

Need assistance? Schedule your FREE Member Portal Training NOW!

Did you know that you have access to Member Portal?

Log into the Member Portal.

Stay In the Know with the Member Portal:

  • Access the convention calendar – see who’s in town. Great for outbound marketing
  • Update your contact information
  • Update your business website listing for both and
  • Update your photos within your listing
  • Offer a discount or special offer coupon
  • Connect with industry peers

Upcoming CTA Classes

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CTA Classes return in person. All classes will be held in the GLCVB Board Room.

  • February 16, 2022: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • March 22, 2022: 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • April 18, 2022: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • May 18, 2022: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Register for a class.

Apply to the Kristina Scholarship Fund

Contact Melissa Nay with any or by phone at 517-377-1410.

Updated COVID-19 Workplace Guidance


The Ingham County Health Department has updated its Workplace Guidance documentation. This includes COVID-19 definitions, prevention strategies, processes for what to do if exposed at work or at home, privacy and contacts, and answers to common questions. 

View Ingham County Health Department COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

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