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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.

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Getting to the Conference





How do I register for the Conference?

Please visit the Chamber’s Conference Registration and Policies page for detailed information on registration, confirmation, cancellation and credentials.

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 to Pellston. Check back later for a list of available flights. It is a 20-minute drive from Pellston to Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. Guests can arrange ground transportation from the Pellston airport by calling Wolverine Stages at 800.825.1450 or Mackinaw Shuttle at 888.349.8294. Advance reservations are recommended. To fly to Mackinac Island from Pellston, call Great Lakes Air at 906.643.7165. Advance reservations are recommended.

For charter air service directly to Mackinac Island from either Pontiac or City Airport, call Dick Greenough at Airnet at 248.666.1300. Other charter air services are available through DCT Aviation at 248.755.3195, Pentastar Aviation Charter at 800.662.9612 or Flagship Private Air at 734.485.9182. For charter air service from Oakland International Airport, please contact Les Brown at American Business Airways at 248.444.5202.

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

Ferry tickets are included with your registration and must be exchanged at the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry ticket office for an actual round-trip ticket. you should receive your tickets in the mail with your confirmation packet by Friday, May 13. If you do not receive the packet or forget your packet at home, Shepler’s Ferry will have a complete list of attendees and will provide one complimentary round trip ticket. All other materials will be received at the Conference registration desk at Grand Hotel.

There will be additional ferries running during the Conference, with final runs leaving the island at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night and 11:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday night. View or download the 2016 schedule here.

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?

Throughout the Conference, attendees are encouraged to dress business casual in the morning and afternoon. After 6:30 p.m. Conference attendees are asked to follow the tradition of Grand Hotel: men should wear coats; women should wear dresses or suits.

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.


Where can I stay on the island?

There are over 1,300 hotel rooms on Mackinac Island, ranging from economical to extravagant. View a list of preferred island hotels. 


Are meals included with my Conference registration?

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 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.


How can I see the attendee list?

The attendee list will be available to registered attendees in May via the Conference app.

Why is my spouse’s organization and company not listed on the Conference attendee list?

Individuals attending the Conference at the reduced spouse rate will not have their organizations or titles listed on the online/app Attendee List.

What is the hashtag for the Conference?

The Chamber encourage attendees to post about the Conference using the hashtag #MPC16 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, 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.

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 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.

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