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Sunset on Mackinac

Stephanie of Stephanie Stevens Photography recently added a few timelapses from Mackinac Island to the Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr. About her incredible timelapse of Mackinac Island harbor at sunset, she writes:

Hour & a halfish time lapse of Mackinac Island as the sun goes down, with ferries coming & going, horse carriages & bicycles on the streets, people in the park, & even some glowing Frisbees. :)

Watch it in HD and definitely check out Stephanie’s Flickr, her photography site and also a timelapse of stars at Arch Rock. More from Mackinac on Absolute Michigan.

May is Travel Month

Oval Beach 2 by shqipo / Ledio

Anyone who has been following the news will know that with high gas prices, a lagging national economy and a still-depressed local economy, Michigan’s summer travel forecast isn’t the best.

We could advocate hiding in the backyard with a couple of cans of gas, nervously listening for Mel Gibson and gangs of gas-hungry Aussies, but that’s already been done. Instead, we at Absolute Michigan have opted to see what we can do to help encourage folks from in and out of Michigan to help fight depression, boredom and having to cut the grass this summer with a Michigan vacation.

We’ll feature stories, photos, videos and links of as much travel and touring in the Great Lakes State as we think you can stand. To win over some wallets, we’re also putting out a call for Michigan lodging, travel and related businesses & organizations to offer packages, giveaways or whatever through Absolute Michigan. If you have ideas, send us an email.

And as always, we’d love to hear your ideas about great Michigan getaways, day trips and places to experience in the comments!

Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan unveiled

Michigan Tourism Strategic PlanThe Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan was unveiled Monday at the Driving Tourism 2007 conference by the Michigan Tourism Planning Council. Michigan’s tourism industry generates $17.5 billion dollars in annual revenue, 200,000 jobs and almost $1 billion in state tax revenue, and the architects of the plan have set the goal of growing Michigan to be one of the top five travel destinations in the nation.

On the organization side, the plan seeks to build the leadership, organizational structures and political alliances needed to push Michigan’s tourism industry to the top. It also talks about builing collaboration and communication systems.

From the perspective of the tourism “product,” it talks about providing the research and technical assistance to enable effective private and public sector investment in tourism and also the importance of paying attention to the customer’s experience.

You can get the Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan from

Also see Tourism plan: Spend more in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Inaugural Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest

Cross Country Skiing at the Grand Traverse ResortOrganizers of the National Cherry Festival (which brings over a half million visitors to Traverse City each July) are teaming up with the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa to launch the Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest. The three day winter celebration will feature music, food, wine and winter sports takes place March 2-4, 2007.

The festival takes place in and around the Resort (just east of TC). In addition to an outdoor recreation center with skating, sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing and cross country skiing (and rentals & round-the-clock bonfire), visitors can enjoy the Traverse City Ice-Carving Expo and the Cherry Capital Wine-Pairing Dinner with wines from the area’s award-winning vineyards followed by a private concert featuring jazz flautist Alexander Zonjic. A highlight will be the Northern Lights Adventure Film Festival, a three-day showing of 20 independently-produced films from around the world exploring outdoor adventure, culture and the natural environment.

More information and packages available from the Grand Traverse Resort and the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau (1-800-TRAVERSE). You can also check out Absolute Michigan keyword “Traverse” for a ton more links!

Michigan Valentine’s Day – How Sweet it Is!

If you’re looking for something unique for your sweetie this year for Valentine’s Day, Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan has 14 gift ideas and activities to consider. As usual, we’d love it if you’d add any other suggestions in the comments!

Impact of Pure Michigan tourism promotion

Late Afternoon Beach by nomm de photo

The Detroit News feature Mich. aims more cash at tourism credits the $13.2 million “Pure Michigan” marketing effort for helping the state to hold serve in a tough tourism market, saying that:

Travel Michigan used half of a two-year, $15 million grant it received last year to help pay for Pure Michigan; the other half will be used this year to continue the promotion. The grant bumped the state to No. 14 nationally in tourism promotion spending in 2006 from No. 31 in 2006 … The ads targeted the markets of Milwaukee, Cincinnati and southern Ontario for the first time. They also were shown in previously targeted areas — Cleveland, Indiana and Chicago — as well as Michigan.

Absolute Michigan Mini-editorial
I have to point out that nowhere in the article (or anywhere else that I can find) are numbers laid out that support the claims of what the campaign is doing for the Michigan travel industry. If you can find them, please send them over or post a comment. I also have to say that spending $30 million dollars with mostly non-Michigan companies seems to be a pretty clear violation of the state’s Buy Michigan First program.

You can watch the entire Pure Michigan ad campaign at Travel Michigan. There are some more Pure Michigan ads (including print) at the Michigan Tourism Industry web site. Visit the web site for TIME: Tourism Improving Michigan’s Economy.

Vol I, No. 1: Introduce Your Michigan Business or Organization!

This is a page where we asked folks to say hello. Lots of them did!

The current version of Introduce Your Michigan Business or Organization is right there.

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