Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 2013

Seattle

By Jennifer N. Dienst, Contributing Editor

A transformed convention center and inspiring local venues

A combination of natural wonders, popular attractions, and modern facilities are the key to why meetings in Seattle are such remarkable, successful experiences. Nowhere is this more evident than at 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 Conference Center offers 71,000 square feet of LEED Silver-certified space in addition to the convention center's 343,722 square feet of space. The complex is located in the heart of Seattle, just a few steps from some of the city's biggest attractions, hotels, and restaurants. Currently undergoing a $20-million transformation, the WSCC will debut a new look and additional eco-conscious enhancements this year.

Seattle offers plenty of off-site venue options for meetings and events as well. For small groups, Seattle's private dining rooms and award-winning restaurants are famous for their fresh seafood, organic produce, and world-class wine. And for an even more immersive vino experience, groups can visit one of 90-plus wineries and tasting rooms in nearby Woodinville Wine Country.

Two of Seattle's most unique and lively off-site venues include the Museum of Flight and the EMP Museum. The Museum of Flight offers a range of large and small meeting and dining spaces with historic aircraft suspended overhead, while the EMP Museum pays homage to contemporary popular culture in a 140,000-square-foot, Frank Gehry- designed building. Beyond its vast collection of music memorabilia and hands-on exhibits, the live performance stage gives groups a chance to play out their ultimate rock-star fantasy.

AT A GLANCE

Conference facilities

  • The Washington State Convention Center features 205,700 square feet of exhibit space, 123,761 square feet of meeting and ballroom space, and a conference center with an additional 71,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hotel rooms

  • 8,404

Attractions

  • The Space Needle, Seattle Waterfront, Tillicum Village, Pike Place Market, Museum of History and Industry, Chihuly Gardens and Glass, Seattle Great Wheel, Olympic Sculpture Park, Argosy Cruises, Museum of Flight, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Woodinville Wine Country, and much more

For more information: Visit Seattle — 206.461.5800; conventions@visitseattle.org;visitseattle.org

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