Tourism professionals come to Flint to celebrate National Tourism and Travel Week

Published: May. 10, 2018 at 6:26 PM EDT
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05/10/2018 - Flint's Historic Capitol Theater provided the perfect backdrop for tourism professionals from across the state to come together and celebrate National Travel and Tourism week.

The recently restored theater is just one of many gems local tourism officials want to highlight.

It's a diverse community with something for everyone. Brandon Morgan is the Director of the Flint Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We have 21 public and private golf courses, we have the largest county park system and we also really like to market the family friendly aspect things like the Flint Children's Museum and Sloan Longway Planetarium" he said.

Morgan says what makes Flint Genesee such a unique attraction is that it is a great urban destination with a lower price point.

"We really do have a lot to do from arts and culture, outdoor rec, and craft food and beverage," Morgan said. "It is really a place to see and visit. We make a great weekend stop."

Not only is Flint and Genesee unique in its offerings for tourists, state tourism officials are promoting something the state has that no other place in the world has.

"And that is the Automotive Capital of the World," Shawn Ponaville-Size, Executive Director of the Motor City National Heritage Partnership said.

The campaign for Pure Michigan is building on that and expanding its promotion to include more of what Michigan has to offer.

Tourism is a big part of the state's economy. over

300,000 jobs are related to the tourism industry.