Every meeting needs a home base and where better than Seattle Southside. Meeting planners will find the area not only affordable, but convenient. Near the Seattle-Tacoma International airport and perfectly nestled between urban attractions and the beautiful outdoors, Seattle Southside features great meeting hotels and venues as well as convenient transportation options. Today, we talked with Jenè Iceberg, Regional Meetings Manager with the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority about what’s new in the destination, what planners have to say about holding their meeting in Seattle Southside and much more.

SUZZANNE: Where would we find you on a typical Saturday?

Jenè: My Saturdays vary depending on what’s happening. I love visiting new restaurants and checking out what’s new in the city. One place I try to visit every week is the Des Moines Farmer’s Market to pick up my fresh produce! It’s a great Farmer’s Market to visit, enjoy the beautiful views and see what’s in season.

Jené: Seattle Southside is known for its accessibility and affordability! It’s easy to get anywhere around Seattle when you start here, and you can do more when you stay here. Your dollar will go further and you’ll save time by utilizing this region as your home base. 

SUZZANNE: Name three reasons meeting planners chose Seattle Southside to hold their meetings?

Jené: The three reasons I hear most often from meeting planners are that:

We offer a variety of different/ unique venues

  • The region is easy to get to and around
  • Seattle Southside RTA’s complimentary services make it easy for planners to hold their events in our area
  • Seattle Southside RTA’s complimentary services make it easy for planners to hold their events in our area

I really like the time savings that Seattle Southside RTA offers. I can reach out to one person and send my venue requests and then I receive very detailed information and RFPs in return.” – Gazala Uradnik, Founder, GFS Events, LLC

SUZZANNE: What’s new in your destination?

Jené: Seattle Southside is going to be home to its first high-rise building! Opening the summer of 2017, it will be a mixed-use 19-story hotel/residential complex. The construction site is just a few blocks east of Westfield Southcenter mall. In addition to the new hotel, our local chocolate maker Seattle Chocolates just opened its factory to the public and now offers tours and tastings. It’s a great place to hold team building events or just to get a sample!

SUZZANNE: What size/type of meetings fit best in your destination?

Jené: The largest hotel ballroom in our destination is just over 13,000 square feet. We do have some special event venues that can fit larger groups as well; however the groups that fit best in our area are between 100-400 people on peak. Our location is conveniently by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which provides over 99 direct flights daily, so we’re a perfect location for meetings that have a high percentage of fly-in attendees. On the other hand, over half of our hotels offer meeting space and can accommodate small groups from 10-40. We pride ourselves on servicing every size group equally and helping everyone source the best venue for their event.

SUZZANNE: What motivates you and your CVB to provide the excellent service you are known for?

Jené: Saving planners time and money while assisting our local venues to secure business. We want to create such lasting impressions with so many planners that their first instinct is to go to a CVB or DMO whenever they are sourcing their next event. We consider ourselves the educated educators on our destination and want to make it as easy as possible to stay in our region.