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Seattle Celebrates Record-Breaking Tourism Season with More Than 40 Million Visitors in 2018

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

SEATTLE – Seattle and King Country saw record visitor volume, expenditures, tax contributions and travel-related employment for Seattle and King County in 2018 for the ninth year in a row. The results were released at Visit Seattle’s 2019 Annual Meeting at Benaroya Hall on March 4.

 

Visit Seattle President and CEO Tom Norwalk and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan welcomed more than 700 tourism and business professionals to the annual event. Guest speakers included NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke, Sheraton Grand Seattle General Manager Keri Robinson, MMGY Global CEO Clayton Reid, and Alaska Air Group Chairman and CEO Brad Tilden. The meeting also included a musical performance by Seattle Singer-Songwriter Mary Lambert.

 

Preliminary 2018 estimates for topline metrics indicate that a total of 40.9 million visitors came to the city and county in 2018, up 2.5 percent from the previous year, according to the Visit Seattle report, which was created in conjunction with its national research firms, Tourism Economics and Longwoods International. Overnight visitors increased 2.3 percent to 21.3 million.

 

Those visitors spent $7.8 billion in the city and county in 2018 – an impressive increase of 5.8 percent from the previous year. Visitors paid $806 million in state and local taxes in 2018, an increase of 5.7 percent from the previous year.

 

Tourism related jobs also grew in the city and county in 2018, there were 78,400 travel related jobs (up by 3.1 percent) in Seattle and King County. Final data from the study will be released in early May.

 

“We are so encouraged by these strong 2018 statistics showing significant growth in Seattle and King County tourism,” Visit Seattle President and CEO Tom Norwalk said. “Visit Seattle and our partners have worked very hard to create travel inspiration for our destination and of course, we love sharing our compelling Emerald City story around the world.  Our city is poised for continued growth and for re-discovery by many visitors who may not have traveled here lately to experience the exciting changes taking place.”

 

Some top accomplishments in 2018 from the travel and hospitality industry include:

  • In 2018, there were seven new hotels opened throughout downtown. That comes out to an additional 2,248 hotel rooms, increasing inventory by 19% downtown. This was the highest increase in supply since the Sheraton opened in 1982.
  • The month of December is traditionally a true need period for the city (the month with the lowest hotel occupancy and lowest business travel). Meetings and conventions can have a significant impact on occupancy each December and in 2018 this was especially true with the most rooms rented in that month in nearly 20 years with over 13,000 contracted rooms. Linux Foundation’s KubeCon was a tremendous success and filled the Washington State Convention Center and many hotels during the second week of the month.
  • Because of the demand of meetings in Seattle, the Washington State Convention Center broke ground on the Summit building in August 2018, whereby we began actively selling two convention center buildings downtown. No other convention destination that we are aware of has this scenario.
  • 2018 was a record-breaking year in the volume and quality of groups (meetings and conventions) traveling to Seattle, and the strongest economic impact by the hospitality industry for the region in 20 years. Throughout 2018, 50 national conventions were hosted at the Washington State Convention Center, totaling over 333,000 rooms which made it the most successful year ever.
  • When looking at total business booked by Visit Seattle in the city, the economic impact in 2018 was $708 million, an increase of 16%, up from 2017 which had an economic impact of $608 million.
  • 2018 was a record year in future business booked for Seattle. Business booked through 2027 is expected to have an economic impact of $715 million with more than 704,000 total room nights booked.

 

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City Market Social House Wins Best Event Venue at 2019 Special Events Gala Awards

Monday, March 4th, 2019

DTLA's hot new contemporary warehouse event space wins the prestigious 2019 Gala Award for Best Event Venue

LOS ANGELES, February 5, 2019 (PressRelease.com) - City Market Social House, a new contemporary warehouse event space located in downtown L.A.’s Fashion District, won the prestigious 2019 Gala Award for Best Event Venue. Special Events magazine named the winners of the 34th Annual Gala Awards last month at a ceremony in San Diego.

Since rolling open its doors last April, City Market Social House has become the hottest venue for those seeking a unique event space. The venue is housed in a loft-style contemporary warehouse with vaulted bow-truss ceilings, concrete and exposed brick walls and a free-flowing indoor-outdoor design that spans over 12,000 feet of full-service event space, creating a canvas that can be quickly transformed to host corporate events, award shows, product launches, conferences, filming and private social celebrations.

“We had a grand vision for this place. It’s quickly grown into something even better than we could have ever imagined and winning the Gala Award is certainly an unexpected honor,” said Nicole Stubbs, general manager of City Market Social House. “The community has really embraced what we’re doing here. We’re not a typical banquet hall. We’re creating unique experiences that people are talking about. There’s a contagious energy.”

The venue has been pre-wired and powered for any lighting, sound or power scheme one could dream up, with in-house audiovisual capabilities and event production services by VOX Productions. A vast state-of-the-art commercial kitchen (with viewing loft) offers a diverse variety of customizable catering options, which include choosing from a hand-curated list of preferred caterers or bringing in specialty culinary service.

The space can comfortably hold 400 people for weddings, 500 for banquets, 800 for concerts or fashion shows or 1,000 for receptions. There’s also 3,500 square feet of outdoor courtyard space and a green room.

About The Special Events Gala Awards: The oldest and most prestigious award in the event industry, the Gala Awards salute event professionals who raise the bar for innovation and honor outstanding event work from around the world, including categories for social events, corporate events, production and technical expertise and specialties such as design, décor, catering and entertainment. For more information, visit www.specialevents.com/gala-awards.

About City Market Social House: The City Market Social House is located less than one mile from the Los Angeles Convention Center in L.A.’s Fashion District. In addition to the 2019 Gala Award, City Market Social House was also named one of the top 10 most notable Los Angeles venue openings of 2018 by BizBash. For more information or to inquire about hosting an event, visit www.citymarketsocialhouse.com.

Media Contact:
Kari Mendez
(844) 310-2674
kari@citymarketsocialhouse.com

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MeetMed Fall/Winter 2018-19

Monday, December 10th, 2018

This issue includes valuable information about how to make your meetings more effective, an article on Global Transparency and what is means for relationships with HCP’s and more!

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Summer 2018 Meet Med Issue

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

This issue includes powerful articles on The Power of Scents and how it helps with
many conditions.  And the plight of children in the sex trafficking trade.

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Breathing ‘A Chore’: California Wildfires Threaten The Health Of Young And Old

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Debbie Dobrosky noticed a peculiar hue in the sky on Monday — “a very ugly yellow casting” — as she peeked outside. A large cloud of smoke had begun to cover the sun.

By Tuesday, the smoke was so heavy that “even inside my apartment I’ve had to use my inhaler twice this morning, which is not a normal thing,” said Dobrosky, a Riverside County, Calif., resident who lives about 30 miles from a fast-growing fire in the Cleveland National Forest.

“Today I’m stuck inside, there’s no going out,” said Dobrosky, 67, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung condition.

At least 17 large fires are burning across California, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres, sending toxic pollutants into the air and contaminating water supplies. The air quality in certain areas — particularly near the massive Mendocino Complex Fire in the northern part of the state — is among the worst officials have ever seen. (more…)

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RSCVA Annouces New Convention Facility Hires

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Kelly Carr to Lead Management for SMG Facilities and Dante Nicastro to Head Savor, SMG’s Reno Food & Beverage Wing

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA) today announced two new hires on the heels of the Authority’s recent deal with SMG to take over management of the area’s meetings and convention facilities. Kelly Carr has been appointed general manager for SMG-contracted facilities in northern Nevada, and Dante Nicastro has been brought on as the northern Nevada General Manager for SAVOR, SMG’s food and beverage division.

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CLEVELAND MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN AT KEY CENTER ANNOUNCES SOFT OPENING OF  GREATROOM

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Downtown Cleveland Hotel Moves Closer to Fully Unveiling Extensive Renovation this Summer


Hartmut Ott, general manager of the  Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, 1360 West Mall Dr., Cleveland, is proud to announce the soft opening of the hotel’s Greatroom. The Greatroom is one aspect of the hotel’s renovation that is set to be completed in July. The Cleveland hotel’s modern Greatroom’s décor is sophisticated and features elegant finishes and clean lines where guests are welcome to unwind in style with eclectic drinks and food. The hotel’s centerpiece offers both table and bar seating, and is designed to create an extraordinary sense of arrival to welcome groups of any size to the hotel. (more…)

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Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate Course Refresh

Monday, April 30th, 2018

 

MPI Academy offers webinar Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate Refresher Courses throughout the year. The next webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time. For information on how to register for this event and a full calendar go to meetingcompliance.com.  

 

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Nine SmithBucklin Client Organization Events Recognized Among Fastest 50 Trade Shows

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, is pleased to announce that nine of its client organization shows are featured in Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Trade Shows lists.
The winners were selected based on percentage growth in net square feet of paid exhibit space, the number of exhibiting companies, and the number of attendees. The nine SmithBucklin client organization shows will be honored at the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit held June 14 in Chicago.

The following shows were honored as the Fastest 50 in their respective categories:

  • CLMA KnowledgeLab (Clinical Laboratory Management Association): “Total Attendance”
  • KeHE Distributors’ Holiday Show: “Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space”
  • KeHE Distributors’ Summer Selling Show: “Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space,” “Number of Exhibiting Companies” and “Total Attendance”
  • NSGC Annual Conference (National Society of Genetic Counselors): “Number of Exhibiting Companies”
  • SIGGRAPH International Conference & Exhibition on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques: “Total Attendance”
  • The NAFEM Show (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers): “Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space” and “Number of Exhibiting Companies”

Trade Show Executive also honored the “Next 50.” These shows did not crack the Top 50 in the categories listed below, but are strong contenders for next year. Following are the SmithBucklin client organization shows honored in the “Next 50”:

  • ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition (American Society for Healthcare Engineering): “The Next 50 – Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space,” “The Next 50 – By Number of Exhibiting Companies” and “The Next 50 – By Total Attendance”
  • AHRMM Annual Conference & Exhibition (Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management): “The Next 50 – By Total Attendance”
  • KeHE Distributors’ Holiday Show: “The Next 50 – By Total Attendance”
  • The NAFEM Show (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers): “The Next 50 – By Total Attendance”
  • ONS Annual Congress (Oncology Nursing Society): “The Next 50 – Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space,” and “The Next 50 – By Total Attendance”

“Our teams are thrilled that so many client organizations’ shows have been recognized and often in multiple categories,” said Dave Weil, Vice President, Event Services. “Together, we have worked hard to continuously evolve and transform their shows, and these efforts have resulted in new levels of growth.”

“SmithBucklin’s Event Services team is passionate about creating innovative and engaging events that deliver extraordinary value for our client organizations,” said Carol McGury, Executive Vice President, Event and Education Services. “We know we have succeeded when our client organizations come away feeling that they have had a must-attend event that exceeded the expectations of their attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and other stakeholders.”

One of the most respected and engaged participants in the conference, convention and trade show industry, SmithBucklin’s Event Services team generates powerful results through conference design, business model development, curriculum design, participant acquisition, event technology delivery, registration, and event logistics management, while enhancing the complete attendee experience. And, due to its significant buying power, the team is able to provide cost savings and favorable contract terms and conditions. Additionally, SmithBucklin professionals manage trade show and sponsorship sales and fulfillment, helping to create and implement strategic sales plans, identify new year-round revenue opportunities, and develop and sustain long-term partner relationships.

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SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Our mission is to achieve the missions of the client organizations we serve and provide uncompromised stewardship for their long-term prosperity. SmithBucklin offers full-service management and outsourced services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user communities, industry consortia, charitable organizations, corporations and government institutes. Founded in 1949, SmithBucklin has offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis, and San Ramon, Calif., and delivers seamless association and event management services worldwide. The company is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, please visit www.smithbucklin.com or call 1-800-539-9740.

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Summer 2017 Meet Med Issue

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

 

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