Seattle, WA. - Why choose Seattle Southside for an association meeting? With Southside’s four cities situated 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle and 20 minutes north of Tacoma, economics are key, according to Seattle Southside Visitor Services. Hotel rates are 20 to 30 percent less expensive than those in downtown Seattle, so meetings and events are much more affordable at the area’s 9,000 hotel rooms and more than 850,000 sf of meeting space. An abundance of free parking, free airport shuttles and inexpensive public transportation means that meeting in Seattle Southside saves planners and their attendees a pocketful of cash. A light rail system provides convenient accessibility to and from downtown Seattle for post-meeting entertainment and dining. The ShoWare Center in Kent accommodates up to 6,000 attendees, and the Tukwila Community Center has meeting space for up to 700 people and views of Mt. Rainier.