Seattle, Washington is the gateway to the scenic Pacific Northwest, surrounded by fresh water lakes and the majestic Puget Sound, two mountain ranges and three national parks. It’s a dynamic, creative, fast-growing city that offers unlimited opportunities to mix meetings and events with art, heritage and culture—all in a setting of rare natural beauty. Seattle is also at the forefront of the “green movement,” and Event Transportation Systems does its part by supplying eco-friendly vehicles for event shuttles and airport transfers.
Fly into Seattle’s SeaTac International Airport, located just 14 miles from downtown and host to 23 airlines connected to 75 domestic and 21 international cities. SeaTac prides itself on being #1 among major U.S. airports for the fewest percentage of cancelled domestic flights and #3 for the highest percentage of on-time domestic departures.
Seattle Conventions and Meetings
Seattle is an ideal location for corporate meetings and association conventions and expositions. The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC)surpasses all regional expectations as a stand-alone, executive-quality meeting facility for regional and national conferences, offering more than 414,000 square feet of function space, 72 total meeting rooms, 71,000 square feet of corporate meeting space, four separate ballrooms, and 236,700 square feet of exhibit space. Two flexible facilities can accommodate intimate breakout sessions or a banquet for thousands. In addition, more than 8,000 hotels rooms can be found in close proximity to the WSCC.
Other convention centers include the waterfront Bell Harbor International Conference Center, with 100,000 square feet of conference, meeting and event space that features 180-degree views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound’s Elliot Bay and the Seattle skyline. Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center in the heart of Seattle also offers premier convention space for events and trade shows.
Seattle Event Venues
The Seattle area offers a wide range of special event spaces, in waterfront, mountain, casino, urban, suburb and rural settings. Popular venues include the iconic Space Needle, The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, the architecturally-unique Experience Music Project Pop Culture Museum, Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Aquarium. Award-winning Woodinville wineries also offer a uniquely Northwest experience.
These venues can contribute to especially-memorable experiences for attendees who spend all day in meetings, and look forward to unwinding and connecting with their colleagues and friends in the evening.
Dining and Entertainment
Seattle is known for its fresh seafood, organic produce and world-class wines. Fresh fruit like raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples and cherries are all grown in Washington State, and crab, salmon, oysters, mussels and clams are pulled straight from the local waters. More than 50,000 acres supply Washington’s hearty red and crisp white wines. And don’t forget Seattle’s reputation for coffee; people consume more coffee here than in any other American city. Visit the original Starbucks.
Top attractions in Seattle include the Washington State Ferry, Mt. Rainier, Pike Place Market, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Public Library’s architectural masterwork, the International District, Pioneer Square, Kerry Park, the Chinese Room and Observation Deck at Smith Tower, and the Seattle Waterfront with its newest attraction, the Seattle Great Wheel. Known for its aviation history, the greater Seattle area has an extensive collection of historic planes.
Seattle is also home to excellent history, maritime, art and special interest museums like the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).
Sports fans will enjoy Seattle, home of the Seattle Mariners (baseball), Seattle Seahawks (football) and the Seattle Sounders (soccer).
ETS Gets You Around Seattle
To take unique advantage of Seattle as a meeting destination, count on Event Transportation Systems to safely take your event attendees where they need to go, reliably and in comfort. ETS is very familiar with America’s fastest-growing city (2014 rating) and has the expertise to support conventions and special events with reliable ground transportation, VIP and executive transportation, shuttle services, and sponsorship support services, including shuttle bus banner advertising and sponsored video content.
Contact ETS to see how we can make your next meeting or convention a success.