Welcome to Beer City, USA!
Airport Transportation Update
Many cities, like Grand Rapids, are suffering from a lack of taxi cabs and ride share vehicles. As a result, Experience Grand Rapids (the Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau), has partnered with Destination Consultants to provide affordable transportation to/from the airport and the Amway Grand Hotel.
The one-way fee is $15, and the motor coaches pick up and drop off at the Lyon Street entrance of the Amway Grand Hotel. Motorcoaches depart every hour, on the hour. To reserve your seat at the airport, look for the Experience Grand Rapids Visitor Information Desk in Baggage Claim. A staff person will also be available to assist you at the Amway Grand (Lyon Street Entrance) during the operating hours below.
Transportation service is available as follows:
Monday, September 20: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 22: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Driving? No problem! Parking is available at our hotels and DeVos Place. Click here for a map of downtown parking options.
Special Grand Rapids discounts are available to SPE Thermoforming Conference Attendees! Click here for additional information.
The SPE Thermoforming Conference educational sessions, workshops, exhibits, Parts Competition, Student RC Car Race and onsite registration will be held at DeVos Place. Click here for directions and parking information.
The SPE Thermoforming Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 21, at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids Hotel.
ArtPrize Returns during the SPE Thermoforming Conference®!
ArtPrize® is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world, and is open to any creative with an artwork to enter and a venue willing to host it.
For 18 days, art is exhibited throughout the city in public parks and museums, in galleries and vacant storefronts, in bars and on bridges. ArtPrize awards $450,000 directly to artists, through grants to support their ambitious work and through prizes which the public decides through the ArtPrize mobile app.
Since its inception in 2009, millions have participated in ArtPrize, displaying their work, opening their spaces to artists and visitors from around the world, and sparking countless conversations about what art is and why it matters.
If you attended the 2012 Conference in Grand Rapids, this is the same unique and fascinating event! Learn more about ArtPrize at https://www.artprize.org.
The SPE Thermoforming Conference Room Block is now closed for new reservations.
Local Grand Rapids Information
Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been named 1 of 52 Places to Go Worldwide (New York Times, 2016), the #1 U.S. Place to Visit (Groupon, 2015) and America’s #1 Travel Destination (Lonely Planet, 2014). More recently (2020), Grand Rapids was named one of the best convention cities and centers by Travmar, a resource for meeting and event planners.
Additional Grand Rapids Area Information
Grand Rapids Visitor Information
Things to Do in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Visitor Guide
Search Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Downtown Restaurant Map
Ten Can’t-Miss Craft Beverage Outlets in Grand Rapids
*All photos courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids
Contact Lesley Kyle, Conference Coordinator