SOURCE: Travel Michigan

July 31, 2006 09:00 ET

Reminder - "Michigan's Longest Summer" Promises to Enhance Tourism for the State

LANSING, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 31, 2006 --

WHAT:  Travel Michigan News Briefing

WHEN:  Monday, July 31, 2006 at Noon

WHERE: McCann Erickson
       360 West Maple Road
       Birmingham, MI
       (248) 203-8000

      - James C. Epolito, President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development
      - Ken Hayward, Vice Chair, Michigan Travel Commission; and Vice
        President, Sales and Marketing, Grand Hotel
      - George Zimmermann, Vice President, Travel Michigan/MEDC
      - Statewide tourism bureau representatives
BACKGROUND: Last year Governor Jennifer Granholm signed House Bill 4803 that requires Michigan's public schools to begin the school year after Labor Day. The result: 2006 is "Michigan's Longest Summer," approximately two weeks longer than previous years, allowing for additional Michigan summer travel by many families.

Travel Michigan, the state's official tourism promotion agency, will use the new "Pure Michigan" television commercials and a marketing partnership with the Michigan Lottery to boost August travel in Michigan. The television commercials and lottery promotion will be unveiled at this event.

A Michigan summer cookout lunch will follow the news briefing. Dubs of the Pure Michigan television commercials will be available.

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan's official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state's tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information. For Michigan travel news and updates, go to

Contact Information

    Kirsten Borgstrom
    (517) 335-1871

    Jenny Schilp
    (248) 225-6744