Tourism Networking Meeting Will Focus On Sport Tournament Success

Seattle, September 12, 2005: If you think that you’ve “got game” be sure to register for this years Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS) Tourism Networking Meeting which will be held on Thursday, September 22, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Over 100 tourism industry representatives will be present to discuss new developments and innovations in tourism marketing for Seattle Southside.

Ralph Morton, with the Seattle Sports Commission, is this fall’s keynote speaker. Mr. Morton will highlight some of this year’s successes and future opportunities the tourism industry has to attract some of the world’s elite sporting competitions to the Seattle area.

Seattle Southside, which is comprised of Tukwila, SeaTac, and Kent, is quietly becoming a convergence zone for sporting events. When it comes to winning bids on national sporting tournaments, the area has really been hitting home runs. Its success includes the Girl’s A Fast Pitch National Championship 16U, one of the most hotly sought after events in the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) program. More events and more visitors equal more overnight stays for Tukwila, SeaTac and Kent. This will have a positive economic impact on the region.

Complimentary lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP. For more information, please call (206) 575-2489.

Capitalizing on the success of the City of Tukwila’s three-year-old tourism and marketing program, SeaTac and Tukwila joined forces in February 2002 and formed Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS). Kent became a partner in January 2005. Funded by the 1% lodging tax collected in each city, SSVS assists both residents and visitors with their travel plans.