Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

November 01 2012

Seattle

By Jennifer N. Dienst, Contributing Editor

A transformed convention center, inspiring new venues.

A combination of natural wonders, popular attractions, and modern facilities is the key to why meetings in Seattle are such remarkable, successful experiences. Nowhere is this more evident than the expansive Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), where visitors will feel an immediate connection to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest inside its light-filled, eco-friendly spaces. Directly connected to the WSCC, the LEED Silver–certified Conference Center offers 71,000 square feet of flexible space in addition to the convention center’s 343,722 square feet of space. The complex is located in the heart of Seattle, and some of the city’s biggest attractions, hotels, restaurants, theaters, museums, and shops are just a few steps away. Currently undergoing a $20-million transformation, the WSCC will debut a whole new look along with additional eco-conscious enhancements by 2013.

From budget-friendly to luxurious, Seattle has event spaces to fit every budget , size, theme, and interest. Whether it’s a restaurant serving local seafood and wine from area vineyards to a larger venue unique to the Northwest, Seattle is full of flexible spaces that will keep groups entertained. Popular Seattle-specific venues such as Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Space Needle, and Safeco Field (home to the Seattle Mariners) are always a sure-fire hit. And CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Art Museum, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, Downtown Seattle Waterfront , and more than 90 wineries in the Woodinville Wine Country will give attendees a memorable experience in the heart of the destination.

Meeting planners love the flexibility of Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where planners can hold banquets and receptions under suspended aircraft s while guests explore historic fighter jets and ride in aviation flight simulators. Another lively Seattle venue, the EMP Museum, pays homage to contemporary popular culture in a 140,000-square-foot, Frank Gehry–designed building. The museum also highlights Seattle as the birthplace of jazz, blues, and folk, with a vast collection of music memorabilia, hands-on exhibits, and a live performance stage where groups can even play out their ultimate rock-star fantasy.

For more information: Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau - 206.461.5800; conventions@visitseattle.orgvisitseattle.org

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