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Whether you are a first-time attendee or have been coming to the Mackinac Policy Conference for years, here is some basic information to help you prepare for your stay.

Travel  Hotel  Meals  Attire  Miscellaneous

TravelHow do I get there?

The approximate driving time from Detroit is five hours, plus a 15-minute ferry ride to the island. Proceed northbound on I-75, take exit 337 and follow the signs to the docks.

Will I get ferry tickets? When do the ferries run?

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry is the official provider of ferry transportation for the 2013 Conference. Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry will have a complete list of Mackinac Policy Conference attendees and will provide 1 complimentary round trip to and from the island to all registered attendees. Click here to download the full ferry schedule.

Can I fly to the island?

Delta Air Lines flies from Detroit to Pellston. Once there, it is a 20-minute drive to the ferry. Guests can arrange transportation from the airport by calling Wolverine Stages at 800.825.1450 or Mackinac Shuttle at 888.349.8294.

To fly to Mackinac Island from Pellston, call Great Lakes Air at 906.643.7165. Advance reservations are recommended for both.

Grand Hotel has a plane available statewide, call Jennifer Bryant at 906.847.9202.

For charter air service directly to Mackinac Island from either Pontiac or City Airport, call Dick Greenough at Airnet at 248.666.1300 or Les Brown at American Business Airways at 248.444.5202.

Charter air services are also available through DCT Aviation at 248.755.3195, Pentastar Aviation Charter at 800.662.9612 or Flagship Private Air at 734.485.9182.

HotelI’m staying at Grand Hotel – is there anything I need to know?

Guests staying at Grand Hotel will get luggage tags at the dock. Grand Hotel will transfer your luggage to your room in a timely manner. There is a one-time charge of $7.50 per person for transfer of luggage from the dock to the hotel and return. Please note that your room may not be available for occupancy until 4 p.m. Guests will settle their bills with Grand Hotel at checkout, which is at 11 a.m. Grand Hotel will add a gratuity of 19.5% and 6% sales tax to the posted rates. Beginning in 2011, all rooms are subject to a 2% Mackinac Island Assessment for the Mackinac Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The hotel charge includes all meals. Grand Hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Taxi tickets are available for purchase at the Grand Hotel front desk. Driver gratuity is always appreciated.

If you will be arriving late (after 6 p.m.) you must call the hotel at 906.847.3331 for a late arrival. Otherwise the room will NOT be held for you.

I’m staying downtown. What do I need to know?

Most Chamber guests are staying at other hotels. For your convenience, each registrant at a downtown hotel will receive six taxi tickets at check in. Additional taxi tickets are available at the Grand Hotel front desk at your own expense. Driver gratuity is always appreciated. Taxis will be available at peak times for Chamber guests for transit to Grand Hotel. In case a taxi is not waiting when you need it, call Mackinac Carriage Tours/Taxi Office at 906.847.3323.

AttireWhat do I need to pack?

  • Daytime: Casual business dress is appropriate.
  • Evening: In accordance with Grand Hotel tradition, guests must wear proper attire after 6 p.m. Jackets and ties for men and dresses or pantsuits for ladies, will not be required unless eating in the Main Dining Room.

As you know, Mackinac Island weather can be very unpredictable. Be sure to pack a rain jacket or umbrella. All receptions are held outside (weather permitting), please pack accordingly.

MealsWhat are the arrangements for meals?

Your Conference registration fee includes:



The Conference registration fee does not include meals in the main dining room. You must have a meal ticket for any meal in the Grand Hotel dining room. If you are staying at Grand Hotel, you will receive a guest card at check-in. If you are not staying at Grand Hotel, tickets must be purchased before entering the dining room from the front desk.

Meal Ticket Prices
Breakfast $25
Lunch $30
Dinner $70

MiscellaneousDo I need to register once I get to the island?

Upon arrival at Grand Hotel, stop at the Detroit Regional Chamber registration area to pick up your credentials and Conference materials. Admission to sessions and social events will not be allowed without a Conference name badge. The registration area is located on the Lobby Level of Grand Hotel, down the hall from the hotel’s front desk.

Can I interact with the Conference using one of my favorite social media websites?

Download the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference app today. We encourage attendees to tweet about the Conference using the hashtag #MPC13. We have MLive Buzzboards that will display tweets that include the hashtag. You can also take photos on Twitter or Instagram and use the #MPC13 hashtag and you could see your photo on our Opportunity Detroit Photoboards.

What is the refund policy?

No registration refunds will be given after April 26; you may transfer your registration to another person. There will be no refunds for non-attendees. Please contact Marianne Alabastro by email for all refunds and transfer transactions.

How do I make calls, send faxes, and keep in touch with my office?

There is a Communication Center at Grand Hotel. The center will provide Conference participants with a message center, cellphones, fax machines, access to a color printer, pagers and computer workstations. Text messaging is available if you give your phone number to the Communication Center staff.

At other times, Conference registrants may receive messages through Grand Hotel’s switchboard at 906.847.3331.

I have media credentials. Where can I go to work?

The Media Center is located in the Terrace room. The room is equipped with cellular phones, wireless access, outbound fax, color printer, multi-media card readers, live feed of general sessions, national news broadcasts as well as meals and refreshments.

Can I host a private meeting or event during the Conference?

Grand Hotel properties offer many options for private meeting or event space. During the Conference the Chamber oversees scheduling all property space. Scheduling unsanctioned Conference meetings or events is at the discretion of the Chamber. Meetings and events can not conflict with Conference programming and priority is given to Conference sponsors. For more information, call Megan Spanitz at (313)596-0395 or e-mail:

What fun activities are available on the island?

Grand Hotel’s private golf courses and tennis courts will be available for your use. Tennis is available at no charge to Chamber Conference participants. Reservations are suggested – call 906.847.3331 ext. 519.

The Jewel is Grand Hotel’s 18 holes of golf comprised of two nine-hole golf courses – the Grand Nine and the Woods Nine. Call the Hotel Pro Shop at 906.847.3331 ext. 518 to reserve a tee time.

Horseback riding, bicycling and private carriage tours are easily arranged through Grand Hotel.


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