Grand Rapids Officials To Tour Downtown Winnipeg For Winter Tourism Lessons: Today


February 19, 2016


Downtown Winnipeg – Officials from the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan will #finditdowntown in Winnipeg on February 19. Kristopher Larson, President and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids and his team, will skate their way to The Forks to discover the world’s longest naturally frozen skating trail and learn more about the international award-winning design competition, Warming Huts. From there, they will head to Fort Gibraltar to celebrate the sights, sounds, snow and spirit of Winnipeg’s French Quarter, and to learn more about Western Canada’s largest winter festival, Festival du Voyageur. A final pit-stop at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ office will gather key downtown stakeholders to share lessons about Winnipeg’s winter tourism efforts.

Media Interview Opportunity: The Great Ice Show at The Forks – 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“From outdoor beer festivals to live music, Grand Rapids has been capitalizing on its cold winters, creating unique destinations for people to experience the outdoors,” says Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “We’re excited to showcase the activities taking place in the heart of our city during the winter and eager to learn more about what Downtown Grand Rapids is doing to attract local and national tourists.”

“It’s been so great to see innovative partners create unique events and attractions that celebrate Winnipeg’s winter,” says Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Senior Vice President of Tourism Winnipeg. “RAW:almond, The Great Ice Show, The Forks Arctic Glacier Winter Park, Festival du Voyageur, Thërmea Spa, Adrenaline Adventures and so many more show how a winter can be source of inspiration. The fact that these attractions are enjoying record-breaking crowds shows — having been celebrated by visitors and locals alike — proves that we really are a four-season destination.”

About Downtown Grand Rapids

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) is the organization responsible for city building and place-management in the urban core of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Established in 2013, DGRI serves as the singular management entity for the combined operations of the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Improvement District, and the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority.

In addition to the Mayor-appointed boards of directors overseeing the unique operations of the DDA, DID, and Monroe North TIFA, DGRI is guided by a Board of Advisors and three separate Alliances – Livability, Vibrancy, and Investment – comprised of citizen volunteers.

In total, DGRI actively engages more than 100 unique individuals from metro Grand Rapids in the decision-making flow of the organization’s fiduciary boards, advisory alliances and project steering committees. This robust leadership network, outlined below, ensures DGRI continually brings together people with different knowledge, perspective and experience to solve problems, identify opportunities and directly support the day-to-day work improving Grand Rapids’ Downtown neighborhoods.

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Jason Syvixay, Managing Director
Phone: (204) 958-4635; Email: