Conventions add boost to Grand Rapids economy

11:44 PM, Mar 10, 2013   |    comments
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The West Michigan Women's Expo attracts thousands of women each year, and a few men.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- With the Women's Expo, LaughFest, a teacher's convention and the Home and Garden Show-- Grand Rapids is busting at the seams.

Manager Eli Harper at San Chez Bistro says sales are up by 25% from all of the foot traffic in the city.

"We've seen about a 25% increase above what we projected from the increase last year. LaughFest in combination with the teachers convention and the Women's Expo made for a very busy weekend for us."

Area hotels are also seeing green in the midst of winter. Jermaine Shelton, Manager at City Flats Hotel says they're getting some welcome foot traffic. In fact their hotel is sold out.

"Down here in Grand Rapids it's an incredibly seasonal sort of city. It's a very slow time typically so we're happy to see events like these during our slower months."

Rockwell's and Republic are seeing many female customers heading over from the Women's Expo. They say it's a great way to attract customers who don't usually come downtown.

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