Seattle, Wash. (March 24, 2010) – Seattle Southside Visitor Services (www.seattlesouthside.com), the official tourism department for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines, will host the Reunion Friendly Network, a national organization dedicated to educating veteran military reunion planners, on Thursday, March 25 – Sunday, March 28, 2010. The event will take place at the Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel in partnership with The Museum of Flight. Exhibitors and Military Reunion Planners from all over the United States will be present.
“We are excited that the Reunion Friendly Network has decided to come to Seattle Southside, offering us a unique opportunity to showcase our region to this niche market,” said Katherine Kertzman, Director of Seattle Southside Visitor Services.
The event will familiarize military reunion planners with Seattle Southside as a “reunion friendly” destination for future reunions, showcasing the many local attractions of the greater Puget Sound region – local hotels, event space, restaurants, attractions and businesses.
Reunion Friendly Network services more than 7,500 qualified military reunion planners, representing all branches of military service. An average military reunion involves direct payments to the hotel of approximately $40,000, with an economic impact of approximately $500,000 on the host community. As a niche market, these military reunions add well over $6 billion dollars to tourism within the United States.
Throughout their 20 year history, the RFN has educated more than 4,000 veterans in the basics of planning a reunion, while giving them the opportunity to visit military reunion friendly destinations for their reunions. Leaders within the hospitality industry have praised RFN’s unique style of bringing together military reunion planners and hotels. Between 10 and 15 events of this type are held annually, usually at the request of a convention and visitor’s bureau, a hotel management company, or a chain of hotels seeking to target the desirable military reunion market.
About Seattle Southside Visitor Services
Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS) is the leading tourism and marketing organization in South King County. The program offered jointly by the Cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines, is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for tourists who wish to explore Western Washington. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com.
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