Seattle, Wash. (June 29, 2015) – Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA), the official tourism and destination marketing organization for the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the newly appointed members of the Seattle Southside Sales & Marketing Board Advisory Committee.

Committee members will play an active role in the RTA’s strategic planning and programing and will serve on work groups to support the goals and objectives of the RTA.

The committee members are:

Mike Bush, Marketing and PR, Scosh Creative

Tiffany Hart, Area Sales Leader, Marriott International

Owen Leinbach, General Manager, Seattle Southcenter Courtyard by Marriott

Mollieann Mad, Director of Sales, Ballard Management BMI

Peter Philips, Publisher, Philips Publishing

Raquel Wheeler, Director of Sales, Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport

The committee will be co-chaired by board members Ken Stockdale, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport, and David Sullivan, General Manager of Cedarbrook Lodge.

“We are thrilled to have this talented team joining the Seattle Southside RTA to lend their unique insights and industry expertise to our sales and marketing efforts,” said Maureen Huffman, Seattle Southside RTA Board Chair. “With the guidance provided by this committee, we will increase the return on investment with the additional funds resulting from the new Tourism Promotion Area.”

In 2014, hoteliers from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines petitioned to create a Tourism Promotion Area to generate additional funds for tourism promotion. Collections began in April, 2015 with an assessment of $2 per occupied room at qualifying hotels. The additional funds are expected to increase the Seattle Southside RTA budget by $3 million. The RTA is governed by a board of rate payers from the participating communities.

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official tourism and marketing organization in South King County. The program offered jointly by the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila, 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 or call 877-885-9452.


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