Michigan Cares for Tourism
Michigan Cares for Tourism, a volunteer partnership chartered by Grand Valley State University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Department and other Michigan tourism organizations, was presented with the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Innovative Tourism Collaboration during April’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The Governor’s Awards for Innovative Tourism Collaboration were created by the Michigan Travel Commission, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, to elevate the status of Michigan’s tourism industry and to promote innovative collaboration as an effective, efficient and creative operating principle for the industry.
Michigan Cares for Tourism coordinates vital volunteer clean up events at treasured Michigan tourism locations each year in need of revitalization. To date, Michigan Cares has engaged over 1,300 tourism industry professionals to volunteer their time and talents to help restore four of Michigan’s historic attractions. These efforts combined to provide in excess of $500,000 in labor and supply savings for Waterloo Recreation Area's Historic Mill Lake (2013), Belle Isle Park (2014), Sturgeon Point Lighthouse (2015), Fayette Historic State Park (2015), The Felt Estate (2016), and the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center (2017).