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Wow - what a time we had together! Experience Grand Rapids gave our ESTO attendees the royal treatment, and we are so appreciative of all their hard work and years in the making. From the inaugural Destination Immersions to the popular beer garden, we truly felt the essence of Grand Rapids.
CHECK IN AT #esto22
Snap a selfie in front of a giant chalk wall illustration of the state of Michigan.
Grand Rapids rolls out the red carpet for ESTO attendees! Check out how to access deals at local eateries and attractions and about the complimentary shuttle service. For a full list of places to explore, visit the Destination Info page.
Start the Weekend Right!
If you haven’t heard, Grand Rapids has an array of out-of-classroom experiences designed for you to explore our host city while learning from industry leaders.
How to Create an Award Winning Entry
It's that time of year again! Awards submissions are open and we are ready to see the stellar work from our industry peers.
Perhaps you're wondering what makes an award winning entry. Look no further because one of the judges, Humphrey Ho, Hylink North America, and former award winners dish out the best tips and tricks for creating a winning entry.
Ben Darcie here, I’ve been in this great city for 16 years and have been an active member in the beer industry for 10 - from homebrewing to sales management to bartending - and I’m here to help you get the most out of your visit to the premier beer destination of the Midwest: Grand Rapids, MI - the reigning Beer City, USA. Fun fact: Grand Rapids first scored this nod to beer excellence 10 years ago, about the same time I was getting into the industry. Coincidence?
On behalf of the entire ESTO team and our hosts, the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A.
After a hiatus last year, the ESTO Awards are BACK! This year’s awards program will honor two years’ worth of destination marketing excellence displayed in 2019 and 2020 and will celebrate destination marketers who met these challenges head-on with some of the most innovative and creative campaigns ever created.
This year's ESTO would not have been possible without the support and engagement of our 2021 Planning Committee.
Year after year, ESTO attendees enjoy kicking off ESTO activities by giving back to the communities we visit.
See You in 2022
Grand Rapids, Michigan