The Seattle Southside Visitor’s Center held its Grand Opening last Thursday, May 13th, at its new digs in SeaTac, and on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony were dignitaries from SeaTac, Des Moines, Tukwila and Kent.

The event included a ribbon cutting by Program Director of Seattle Southside Visitor Services Katherine Kertzman as well as speeches by other local public officials.

According to their website, the Seattle Southside Visitor’s Center:

We are the leading tourism and marketing organization in South King County. Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS) –a program offered jointly by the Cities of Des Moines, Tukwila, SeaTac and Kent – is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for tourists who wish to explore Western Washington.

Scott Schaefer was also on hand, mostly to nosh on the free food and enter raffles (he didn’t win anything though…), as well as take the following photos:


SSVC Program Director Katherine Kertzman, left, and Business Relations Coordinator Meilee Anderson watch the festivities.

The sparkling new facility is located at 3100 S. 176th Street in SeaTac.

SSVC Staff were all smiles as the big day went off without a hitch.

Dozens of local businesspeople, residents and dignitaries showed up to support the new center.

Bowls of colored chocolate candy brightened up tables full of "Tourism Matters" buttons.

The Ink Stop's Barbara Panush, left, and Tamara Mackey of Heartland Payment Systems.

For more information on the Seattle Southside Visitor’s center, click here.