For leisure and business travelers in Puget Sound, a marketing organization called Seattle Southside is pitching its destination as a practical and economical alternative to the downtown Seattle hub. Encompassing the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines, Seattle Southside is promising great value -- with typical costs at 20 to 30 percent below comparable rooms in Seattle -- and easy access to downtown courtesy of the new Sound Transit Link light rail.

Situated in the heart of the region’s major commerce and transportation corridor, Seattle Southside offers clients the opportunity to explore major attractions like Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, Pioneer Square, the Cascade Mountains, the Washington coast and British Columbia. Visitors can ride a Washington State ferry to explore island destinations of the Pacific Northwest including Bainbridge Island, Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands.

Seattle Southside's visitor services team is promoting seasonal travel packages that take the guesswork out of planning a trip to the area. For example, a Birthday Party package for up to four people at the Embassy Suites Hotel comes with a $100 party credit to the Family Fun Center, an in-room movie and popcorn. The Seahawks 12th Man Touchdown package at the Renaissance Inn by Marriott includes overnight accommodations for two, round-trip transportation to and from the Qwest Field football stadium via light rail, a handmade fleece Seahawks blanket and breakfast. The Night In, Cruise Out promotion for two people at the Hampton Inn Southcenter comes with round-trip airport transportation, shuttle service to local restaurants and shopping, continental breakfast and transportation to the cruise ship departure pier.

Examples of business travel packages in Seattle Southside include a Park and Fly promotion from Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Southcenter Hotel. Clients booking the package get free parking for up to 14 days and round-trip shuttle service to and from SeaTac Airport. Similar packages are also available at the Coast Gateway Hotel, Radisson Gateway, Rodeway Inn and Sleep Inn.