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FAQs & Attendee Information

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Policy Conference Frequently Asked Questions

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.

General Registration Questions

When will the 2023 Conference occur?

Tuesday, May 30, to Friday, June 2, 2023.

When will registration open for the 2023 Conference and what is the registration fee?

Registration is currently open. The registration fee is  $2,750 for Chamber members and $3,700 for future members.

What is the deadline to cancel my registration?

To accommodate attendees still looking for hotel rooms, the deadline to cancel your registration and receive a refund minus a 10% fee has been extended to Friday, May 12, 2023.

Cancellations will not be accepted after May 12. 

To cancel or transfer registration, contact Marianne Bogard at 


Will registration be limited for 2023?

Registration for the 2023 Conference is limited to 1,500 attendees.

Is the Chamber using CLEAR Health Pass to verify COVID-19 vaccination?

At this time, the Chamber will not require vaccination from COVID-19 to attend the Conference and therefore will not need to use CLEAR Health Pass. If the public health situation changes and the Chamber deems it necessary, we will implement a vaccination requirement and a process to verify vaccination status 60 days prior to the event.  

I would like to bring my spouse/partner to the Conference, does this individual need to register?

All individuals on Grand Hotel property are required to have a Conference registration credential. Individuals without a Conference credential will not be permitted to be on Grand Hotel property. Conference security staff monitors Grand Hotel activities to ensure all individuals on Grand Hotel property are registered for the Conference.

Is there a discounted rate for my spouse/partner?

There is not a spouse/partner registration option. Your spouse/partner will need to register at the full price as a Conference attendee to be onsite at Grand Hotel.

I secured a room at Grand Hotel, my spouse/partner would like to join me, but he/she won’t attend the Conference or leave the room.

All individuals on Grand Hotel property are required to have a Conference registration credential. Grand Hotel and the Chamber jointly review the attendee roster and the hotel guest list to ensure all guests of the hotel are registered for the Conference. Your hotel accommodations are not confirmed if you haven’t registered all guests in your party for the Conference.

I am staying at a downtown Mackinac Island hotel. Do I need to register my spouse/partner for the Conference?

No. If your spouse does not plan to be on Grand Hotel property, he/she does not need to be registered of have a Conference credential.

However, if your spouse/partner would like to participate in any Conference sessions, meals, or social functions, he/she will need a Conference credential. If your spouse does not have a Conference credential, he/she will not be permitted on Grand Hotel property.

Conference security staff monitors Grand Hotel activities to ensure all individuals on Grand Hotel property are registered for the Conference.

Getting To The Conference

How do I get to Mackinac Island?

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

Can I fly to the Conference?

Delta Air Lines flies from Detroit Metro (DTW) to Pellston Regional Airport (PLN).

Guests can arrange ground transportation from Pellston to Mackinac Island by calling Mackinaw Shuttle at 888.349.8294. Advance reservations are recommended.

If you are interested in chartering a plane directly to Mackinac Island from Oakland County International Airport, call Calvin Ford at Pentastar Aviation at 800.662.9612. Advance reservations are required.

How do I get ferry tickets for the Conference? When do the ferries run?

Electronic Ferry Ticket Only: Ferry tickets will be emailed a week prior to the Conference, to the email address you used to register for the Conference. Ferry tickets will not be mailed. If you don’t receive an electronic ticket in your inbox, check your spam, junk, or clutter folders.

View the 2023 spring Shepler’s ferry schedule.

Valet Parking is Not Available: All parking options are self-parking.

$15 per night | Standard off-site parking: Shepler’s offers free ground transportation to and from the ferry dock.

$35 per night | Limited premium on-site parking: This option is limited and expected to run out.

How do I get to Grand Hotel and around the Island?

Most Conference attendees are staying at other hotels. For your convenience, each registrant at a hotel other than Grand Hotel will receive four complimentary taxi tickets when picking up Conference credentials. 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. The average taxi rides are $4.75 to $6.75 for a one-way trip to Grand Hotel.

In case a taxi is not waiting when you need it, call Mackinac Carriage Tours/Taxi Office at 906.847.3323.

What do I need to pack?

The Grand Hotel has slightly relaxed its dress code for the Conference. Throughout the week, attendees are encouraged to dress in business casual or resort attire. No ties are encouraged. However, comfortable shoes are a must as attendees will walk a lot throughout the Conference.

All receptions and many 2023 social events and meals will be held outdoors (weather permitting). Mackinac Island weather can be very unpredictable. June temperatures have an average range of 51° F to 70° F, and the sun will set at approximately 9:20 p.m. Be sure to pack a rain jacket or umbrella, dress in layers, and pack warm clothes for crisp mornings and cool evenings.

Are face masks required?
  • Face masks are recommended in high-traffic areas when indoors at Grand Hotel.
  • High-traffic areas are considered Conference registration, the Gallery, the corridor leading into the Theatre, and inside the Theatre.
  • Face masks will be available to attendees throughout the Grand Hotel.


Where can I stay on the island?

There are more than 1,300 hotel rooms on Mackinac Island, ranging from economical to extravagant.

To view a full list of available island hotels, please visit the Mackinac Island website

A short ferry ride away from Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City is a small, harbor village that has over 2,400 rooms available.

Check out recommended hotels in Mackinaw City HERE.


Grand Hotel Reservation Policy

To make a reservation at Grand Hotel, please call 800.334.7263. Each caller is limited to one room reservation. A caller will not be able to reserve multiple rooms, only one room reservation per caller. If a company is trying to secure multiple rooms at Grand Hotel, multiple calls will need to be made.

Grand Hotel room reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a three-night minimum reservation requirement. Rooms usually fill up in less than an hour of taking reservations. Once Grand Hotel reaches capacity, Conference attendees can be placed on a waitlist with the Hotel. However, it is strongly advised that attendees secure alternative accommodations.

Call-in Day for the Grand Hotel is Feb. 1, at 8 a.m. Other properties on the island will also be taking reservations on Feb. 1, 2023. 

Island Hotel Reservations

In order to make reservations at an island hotel, a Conference confirmation number will be required. This number is found in the subject line of your confirmation email. If you did not receive your confirmation email, please contact Marianne Bogard at

Please note: Island hotels are encouraged to collect the full stay’s deposit upon booking. Please note your hotel’s cancellation policy before booking. Most island hotels will be requiring guests to cancel by Friday, April 28, 2023, if not sooner.

Having trouble finding a room? See additional options.

The Detroit Regional Chamber knows it has been a particularly challenging year for securing a room for the Conference and understands attendees’ frustration and concerns. Explore suggestions for accommodations in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace HERE.

Have a room and willing to share? Looking for a roommate? The Chamber can help. Learn more.



Are meals included with my Conference registration?

Your Conference registration fee includes:


  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday


  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Dinner Receptions 

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

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 can be purchased by calling 800.33.GRAND or at the front desk. 

When and where do I pick up my Conference credentials?

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

Throughout the Conference, Grand Hotel access is limited only to registered and credentialed Conference attendees. Individuals attempting to obtain access to Grand Hotel property, events, and the porch who are not registered and credentialed will not be permitted access.

Attendees will be required to display their credentials to gain entry to all Conference functions including meals, sessions, and receptions taking place on the Grand Hotel properties. 


I’m having trouble finding a location. Do you have a map?

Attendees looking for a map of Mackinac Island or the Grand Hotel can view the maps below.


What if I lose my Conference credentials?

Attendees will be required to display their credentials to gain entry to all Conference functions, including meals, sessions, receptions, press conferences, and private events taking place on any Grand Hotel properties, including the Porch. Attendees who lose their badge during the Conference must pay a $50 badge replacement fee.

Where can I work on the Island?

Attendees looking for business and communications services can utilize the Attendee Business Center on the Parlor level of Grand Hotel. Staff is available to assist you with your business needs.

How can I see the attendee list?

The attendee list will be available to registered attendees via the Conference App.

What is the hashtag for the Conference?

The Chamber encourages attendees to post about the Conference using the hashtag #MPC23 on all major social networks.

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, fax machines, access to a color printer, and computer workstations.

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 Jim Connarn at 313.596.0391 or email 

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 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 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.

To see other activities available on Mackinac Island, visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau website.

Registration Policies

Mackinac Policy Conference Fee

Conference fee includes credentials, Conference materials and gifts, admittance to meetings, receptions, and special entertainment. Conference pricing is subject to change. The fee does not cover hotel accommodations, meals in the Grand Hotel dining room, or the PAC reception. If paying by check, payment must be received by Friday, May 19, 2023. 

2023 Registration Rate Schedule 

Registration will open in December 2022.  

Dates Chamber Members            Future Members  
December 6 – March 9   $2750  $3700 
March 10 – May 29  $2950  $3900 
May 30 – June 2  $3150  $4100 
Solicitation Policy

Solicitation of Conference attendees in an effort to fundraise or sell any idea, product, service, venture, cause, or action, however worthy or potentially of value to the solicited member, is prohibited while on Grand Hotel property. While much of the Conference’s value comes from its networking capability, and while we do not intend to interfere with that benefit, the Chamber has received many requests for such a policy from regular Conference attendees. Individuals violating this policy will be dealt with immediately and could be excluded from the Conference immediately and in the future.

The Chamber controls the distribution of “Conference-sanctioned materials” throughout the Grand Hotel and other Conference venues. Distribution of other materials is strictly prohibited. No attendee or organization (company, entity, media outlet, political campaign) can distribute materials, publications, postcards, other items, or gifts on Grand Hotel property (including main Conference venue and other facilities owned and operated by Grand Hotel) and Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry facilities. If non-sanctioned materials are found, Conference staff is instructed to remove and dispose of the materials from the premises. Individuals distributing materials will be dealt with immediately and could be excluded from the Conference immediately and in the future.

Video Cameras and Recording

Video cameras and recording devices by credentialed media are not allowed in the Grand Hotel Theatre without permission of the Detroit Regional Chamber AND AN ESCORT BY CHAMBER STAFF for B-roll only. News organizations that want to capture main stage programming inside the Theatre may make a special request through the Media Center to be escorted into the Theatre for limited recording. Media wishing to capture video/audio of main-stage programming in the Theatre are provided access to a pool feed. The Detroit Regional Chamber reserves the right to ask a reporter with a camera to leave the Theatre at any time.

NOTE: Due to contracts with Conference speakers, video and audio recordings of some speakers at the Mackinac Policy Conference may be restricted or may not be allowed. 

Flash Photography

Flash photography is not allowed in Grand Hotel Theatre. Photographers shooting in the Theatre are welcome to take photographs but must not use a flash. A Flickr photo feed will be uploaded in real-time, and media will be provided the link or can request it by emailing Catia Sabak. 

Attendee Authorization Statement

I hereby grant permission to the Detroit Regional Chamber to utilize my name, photograph, image, likeness, signature, voice, actions, and/or statements from any program or event, whether live or recorded audio, video, photographic media, or any other context or media now known or hereinafter devised, and further grant the Detroit Regional Chamber the right and ability to alter, copy, display, distribute, edit, exhibit, modify, perform, publish, or create derivative works of any version of any program or the event, all without further authorization, consent, or compensation.

How to Register

1. Choose the event from the list of available events.

You can find registration instructions here. 

*Note: If you have not already created a login for the Detroit Regional Chamber website, you will need to do so before registering for an event. Instructions for creating an account can be found here. 

2. Choose the person/people to be registered.

The organization and attendee fields will automatically be filled in with your information.

  • If you want to register a different person, click the drop-down and choose the correct person.
  • To add more than one person to the cart, at the same time, turn on Register Multiple Attendees.
    *Note: If you are registering multiple people with spouses (for the Mackinac Policy Conference) choose them separately from the drop-down and add to cart individually as you will need to enter their spouses names each time. 
  • If you are registering a spouse, click on the spouse session and enter the spouse’s name.
3. If the person you need to register is not in the drop-down list, you can add them by clicking on Add New Contact.

This will add a new record for your organization.

4. A window will pop up for you to enter the information.

When you are finished, click Create to add the person to the drop-down list. Please be patient. This may take a few seconds to process. Do not click create more than once. 

5. Confirm the following fields:
  • Correct attendee(s) selected
  • Correct session (s) selected
  • Pricing is correct
  • Spouse name filled in (if applicable)
6. Click add to cart.
7. Items added to the cart will display under Selected Registrants.
8. Once all attendees are added to the cart click Go to Cart.
9. Review all items in cart before proceeding with payment information.
10. Confirm your billing information is correct.

*Important note: If using a credit card for payment, be sure Zip is the zip code associated with the credit card to be charged.

11. Choose the payment type.

*Note: Carts totaling more than $10,000 will be required to process via eCheck.

  • Credit card
  • eCheck
  • Bill Me Later
12. Once all the relevant information is complete, click Process Payment.
13. When the payment has processed, the confirmation screen will appear.
15. Print the page, if desired.
Grand Hotel

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The 2023 Conference will be held May 30 – June 2, 2023.