DETROIT (WJBK) - Walk around the city of Detroit's downtown corridor, even on a cold day and you'll notice tourism is heating up.
And a recent headline may spur even more -- Fodor's Go List of 2019 includes Detroit as a destination. They cite the urban planning and building projects like the new development in the old Hudson's spot on Woodward popping up, the new hotels including the Shinola opening up next month, and the Siren Hotel on Broadway alweady open. They're signs that the revitalization is working.
The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau is happy their efforts are paying off.
"Having these hotels fill up means that people want to be here, they want to experience the city, and they want to be part of it -- part of the action, part of the vibrancy of the city and they really want to be part of the Detroit come back," said Deanna Majchrzak.
It's a comeback that's not just centered around conventions -- 10 major ones were in Detroit in addition to dozens of meetings. The tourism piece is attracting visitors to the city for pleasure, not just business. The new Atwater Beach is getting ready to open in summer of 2019. The Riverfront Conservancy has already transformed more than three miles into bike paths and parks. More to come.
"The last 10 or so years they been doing a lot to revitalize the Riverfront, having the Riverwalk there, there is the bike shop there, you can really go out and enjoy the riverfront when people don't realize we have such a beautiful Riverfront and they've done a great job to capitalize on that," Majchrzak said.
With the National Geographic, Lonely Planet and New York Times witting about the city as well, this is the latest feather on the cap as Detroit is being recognized in not only America but all over the world.
"We've noticed a huge rise in ... people, you'll notice, with their different accents -- people from the UK, Germany, Chinese, we have a really good effort on the international side and we really think it's paying off when you're seeing all these different people walking around the city," Majchrzak said.