Last year, I shared a table with representatives from Seattle's Visitor and Convention Bureau at IMEX America on Smart Meetings Day. I was pleased to discover that, in addition to brochures and maps, through the Bring it Home initiative, conference chairs of national or international associations can access:
- assistance with conference logistics
- a customized online web portal for your event
- printing visitor's badges
- temporary on-site support
- a planning toolkit
- Free Visitor's Packets
Each event or conference is assigned a Convention Services Manager who can walk planners through all services and let them know which ones are complimentary and for which there is a charge.
With the growing importance of corporate social responsibility, Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment has a number of resources to assist with green meetings. Seattle places an emphasis on hybrid transportation including its all-hybrid taxi fleet, electric trolleys and hybrid diesel-electric buses. (Seattle hotels with eco-friendly initiatives include Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel, and Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle.)
The Seattle tourism industry directly provides employment for 51,000 and generates $2.3 billion in annual revenue.