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FEATURE

Are You Ready
...Because the Windsor-Detroit area is ready to welcome you!
by Sarah B. Hood

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOURISM WINDSOR

municipality and the Motor City are connected by more than
the underwater tunnel that joins them.
They share a colourful multicultural history, roots in
auto manufacturing and reputations for excellent pizza.

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOURISM WINDSOR

F

acing each other across the Detroit River, the cities
of Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, have
occasionally been the site of tussles between competing
nations. These days, however, Canada's southernmost

OMCA Marketplace Returns
to Windsor in 2018

What's New?

Windsor has been undergoing a remarkable
accommodations upgrade, with $76 million in hotel
renovations arriving by late 2018. Caesars Windsor is
currently updating all its rooms. New and remodelled
venues include TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Holiday
Inn Express Windsor Waterfront, Four Points by
Sheraton and Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel, now
Canada's largest Best Western.
In Kingsville, the recently reimagined and renamed
Grove Hotel is now a hip 18-room boutique hotel
in a charming 1854-vintage building that has just
added its own craft brewery. It's the centrepiece of a
neighbourhood that's bubbling up with "wineries, unique
restaurants, new boutiques," says Toner. "There's one
called Old Dutch Guys; they do hand-carved molded
chocolates that look like pieces of art."
Upscale boutique hotels are also springing up in
Detroit, says Deanna Majchrzak, media relations
manager for the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors
Bureau. "We had one open last year and another
three are planned to open in 2018." These include the
100-room Foundation Hotel in the historic Detroit
Fire Department Headquarters, the 130-room Shinola
Hotel, the Wurlitzer Building's 106-room The Siren
and the 110-room Element Detroit inside Detroit's
Metropolitan Building.

After a 6-year absence, OMCA Marketplace returns to Windsor,
from Sunday, November 11 to Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
Participants will stay at Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino,
a handy location from which to check out some of the city's
riverfront attractions.
For instance, Jason Toner, manager of group programs with
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, says there's no excuse to
miss the Windsor Sculpture Park, which includes about three
dozen outdoor sculptures on a 2.5-kilometre pathway along
the Detroit River waterfront that starts right outside Caesars
Windsor. The works range from abstract art (including two
pieces by the renowned Sorel Etrog) to whimsical, engaging
and realistic humans, dinosaurs, elephants, horses, penguins, a
surprising tiger and a dancing bear.
Toner also recommends a visit to Artist Alley and Maiden
Lane. "That whole area has changed since 2011 (the year of
the last OMCA Marketplace in Windsor)," he says. "There's
an all-day breakfast place, a décor boutique, an ice cream shop
and a bistro, just at the one intersection of the alleyway and
Maiden Lane."
A study done by OMCA saw more than $5 million in business
booked on the floor, with a further $14 million in post-show
bookings. Show suppliers booked about 6,000 tours, and tour
operators reported meeting an average of 23 new suppliers and
booking business with about 10 of them.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Spring 2018

Industry Voice
Regulatory Update
Issues Update
Marketplace 2017
Made to Measure
Are You Ready for Windsor?
Angel Tours & Entertainment Inc.
The Strong National Museum of Play
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
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The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - Industry Voice
The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - Issues Update
The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - Marketplace 2017
The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - Made to Measure
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The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - Are You Ready for Windsor?
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The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - Angel Tours & Entertainment Inc.
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The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - The Strong National Museum of Play
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The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - Travel Highlights Marketplace
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The Road Explorer - Spring 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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