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Awards Overview


The mission of the WAVE (Way Above Visitor Expectations) Awards is to recognize outstanding service providers in the Kent County hospitality industry. This annual awards program is a partnership between Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association.

Nomination Process

One award will be presented in each of the following eight categories:

  • Restaurants/Breweries
  • Lodging- less than 150 Rooms
  • Lodging- 150+ Rooms
  • Transportation
  • Retail & Service
  • Attractions/Events
  • Nightlife
  • Volunteer in Hospitality

Nominations will be accepted from both employers and guests from – {{nominations_close}}. A maximum of three individuals may be nominated from each business. Nomination forms may be submitted online or printed and sent in.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and recognized at the Impacting Hospitality Celebration on {{ceremony_date}}. Employers, nominees and guests are all encouraged to attend this event.


Visit our sponsorship page for more information.

Please help us recognize those individuals who make Grand Rapids and Kent County a great place to visit and enjoy. Questions may be directed to (616) 233-3577 or waveaward@experiencegr.com.

For more information contact Experience Grand Rapids
171 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 700, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 · (616) 233-3577 · waveaward@experiencegr.com