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  Spring 2014


Rocky Mountaineer Connects Seattle with Canadian Rockies
Rocky Mountaineer adds trips to its three-day rail route, Coastal Passage, between Seattle and Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies in summer 2014. A full itinerary of 24 departures (north and southbound) is offered during Rocky Mountaineer’s 2014 season, running May through October 2014. The route was inaugurated last summer, the first time in the company’s 24-year history that a route departs from and arrives into the U.S. Rocky Mountaineer’s award-winning GoldLeaf Service features luxurious surroundings in a bi-level dome coach with panoramic views, regionally inspired cuisine and personalized service. Since more than 40 percent of Rocky Mountaineer guests book a rail journey in conjunction with an Alaskan cruise, Coastal Package schedules are coordinated with Port of Seattle Alaskan cruise sailings. In Seattle, Coastal Passage package hotels are offered by the Fairmont Olympic Hotel and Hotel Ändra. Rocky Mountaineer is the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America and has welcomed more than one and a half million guests from around the world.

Media Contact: Shannon Kidd, Rocky Mountaineer; (604) 606-8421;

Emerald City Trolley Links City Center with Neighborhoods
The Emerald City Trolley began operation of guided tour service in 2013 and returns to operate April 19 through Sept. 28, 2014. The new service, which operates vintage trolleys that have been fully restored, allows guests to hop on and off while exploring many of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods and visitor attractions. Guests have the option of purchasing two- and three-day passes with access to all three lines. Experienced guides narrate the tours.

Media Contact: Drew Symonds, Emerald City Trolley; (206) 343-1543;

Downtown Seattle Gondola Announced
In March 2014, the Griffith Family, owners of Pier 57 and the Seattle Great Wheel on the city’s central waterfront, announced plans for a passenger gondola connecting the waterfront with the Washington State Convention Center. The east-west, mile-long route would carry some 1,800 passengers per hour in eight-person cars 40-50 feet above downtown traffic. A mid-point station would be located at Third Avenue. The private development would not require public monies for construction, which if approved by the city, could start in 2016 after demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct which runs along the waterfront.

Media contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806;


Golf’s U.S. Open Championship Comes to the Pacific Northwest for the First Time
Chambers Bay Golf Course, just outside of Tacoma, WA, will host the U.S. Open Championship, June 18-21, 2015. This is the first time that the U.S. Open - one of the four major championships of men's professional golf and the national championship of the United States Golf Association - has been hosted in the Pacific Northwest.  Chambers Bay, a traditional links style course, opened in 2007. It hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championships and has been acclaimed as the number-one golf course in Washington State by Golfweek magazine, number-one public golf course in Washington State by Golf Digest and number-27 of Top-50 golf courses of the Last 50 Years by GOLF magazine. In June 2014, Visit Seattle will launch a web site featuring U.S. Open regional hotel accommodations and other critical travel information at

Media contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806;


Seattle International Film Festival Celebrate 40 Years
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) celebrates its 40th anniversary May 15 – June 8, 2014. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, SIFF is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 250 features and 150 short films from over 70 countries each year.

Contact: Jason Dittmer, 206.464.5830;

The Secret World of Spies Revealed at Pacific Science Center
The world of top secret missions and undercover spies comes to light in Pacific Science Center’s new exhibition SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. Beginning March 23, 2014, this first-ever exhibition will feature more than 200 items from the collections of the CIA, FBI, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and H. Keith Melton, author, historian and international authority on spy technology. SPY grants guests unprecedented access into the real world of espionage, with real gadgets and artifacts from spies and spy catchers. SPY: The Secret World of Espionage will be at the Pacific Science Center through September 1.

Media Contact: Katelyn Del Buco, Pacific Science Center, (206) 269-5728;

Olympic Sculpture Park Debuts New Work
Echo (2011), a dramatic 46-foot-tall figurative sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa will be installed at the Olympic Sculpture Park in late May 2014. Plensa is one of the world's foremost sculptors working in the public space, with over 30 projects spanning the globe in such cities as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Tokyo, Toronto, and New York. The nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park is located in downtown Seattle, bordering Elliott Bay, and is operated by the Seattle Art Museum.

Media Contact: Cara Egan, (206) 748-9285;

Museum Week Northwest Highlights the Diversity of Puget Sound Museums
From May 16-23, Visit Seattle and more than 50 Seattle and Puget Sound region museums and cultural organizations are collaborating to shine a spotlight on the diversity and excellence of the region’s museums with the inaugural Museum Week Northwest.  Featuring two-for-one admission offers, free events, special tours, programs and other unique opportunities, Museum Week Northwest is being held in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums conference taking place in Seattle this May 18-21. The Museum Week Northwest web site will go live in mid-April at and offer full range of events and offers.

Media contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806;

New Exhibition Celebrates Seattle Theatre District
Running April 16 through October 5, 2014, the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) will feature an exhibition of some 60 images and artifacts from Seattle’s Downtown Historic Theatre District.  One of the nation’s premier collections of operating, historic theatres, the district includes five venues: Town Hall Seattle; The 5th Avenue Theatre; A Contemporary Theatre; the Paramount Theatre; and the Moore Theatre. The five theaters are within 1.3 miles of each other – and surround the WSCC - creating a vibrant district featuring concerts, theater, lectures and dance. The exhibition, Downtown Historic Theatre District: Honoring Seattle’s Cultural and Heritage Civic Assets, will highlight their cultural contributions, as well as the five buildings' architectural and national historic significance. Located in the WSCC’s Level 2 Galleria, the exhibit is free and open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Media contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806;

Spectacle: The Music Video Comes to EMP Museum
EMP Museum will host the west coast premiere of Spectacle: The Music Video which opens on May 17, 2014 and runs through Jan. 4, 2015. This groundbreaking exhibition explores music video as an important and influential art form in contemporary culture and is the most comprehensive museum exhibition on music videos presented to date. Through a dynamic mixture of interactive installations, recreated sets, projections, video, objects and immersive environments, Spectacle is the first exhibition of its kind. It goes behind the scenes of seminal moments in music video history—from the early pioneers and MTV masters who expertly used the medium to define their public identities like Devo, Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson, and Madonna, to artists like OK Go and Lady Gaga who follow in their footsteps today.

The Music Video is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and FLUX and curated by Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey Wells of FLUX.

Media Contact: Anita Woo, Experience Music Project, (206) 770-2700;

Museum of Flight Lands Amelia Earhart Model and Space Shuttle Trainer
In September 2013, an antique Lockheed Model 10-E aircraft flew to the Museum of Flight and became the new centerpiece of a permanent exhibit honoring Amelia Earhart. Earhart flew the same model aircraft during her attempt to fly around the world in 1937.

The Museum of Flight opened a new Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery in 2012. During the last year, the Museum of Flight team reassembled and refurbished the Space Shuttle Trainer after receiving it from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For the past 30 years, the full-sized mock orbiter trained all astronaut crews for space travel at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Guests of the museum are now welcome to walk into the cargo bay, a unique experience restricted with real shuttles.The gallery also houses numerous other rare space artifacts that will be part of a one-of-a-kind exhibit about space and engaging the next generation of space explorers through hands-on learning.

Media Contact: Ted Huetter, (206) 768-7105;


Visit Seattle Unveils Fresh, Local eCookbook on iTunes
In October 2013, Visit Seattle launched a free interactive eCookbook that highlights a range of talented chefs and signature Pacific Northwest cuisine. Fresh From Seattle features 26 recipes from 12 noteworthy contributing local chefs, including award winners such as Tom Douglas, Maria Hines and Thierry Rautureau. The 92-page eCookbook is a rich compilation of recipes, cooking and storage tips, color photos, food history, chef bios and more. Seattle chefs contributed original recipes, as well as personal restaurant favorites, that are designed to pique the culinary curiosity of the inspired home chef. In addition to Seattle celebrity chefs, the cookbook also features acclaimed hotel chefs. Fresh From Seattle is available at, where it is downloadable as a PDF or you can link to Apple iTunes App Store for download. Both options are free of charge.

Media contact: Kauilani Robinson, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5839;

Tom Douglas to Open New Cooking School
Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas plans a new cooking school located inside Hotel Andrä in downtown Seattle with a projected opening of early June 2014. The "Hot Stove Society" will offer a wide range of social and technical classes as well as team building opportunities and educational cocktail parties. The facility will feature a demonstration stage, audio visual equipment, and spacious hands-on work stations. Classes will be offered seven days a week. The curriculum will include social and technical classes that appeal to entry-level enthusiasts as well as sophisticated food devotees. Class prices will range from $50-$200 per person, based upon whether they are demonstration only or full hands-on experience with a meal included. Instructors include chefs from Tom Douglas Restaurants as well as chefs and cookbook authors from across the U.S. The school will also feature a Swedish-themed bar and private dining room that seats up to 72 guests. Tom Douglas operates ten restaurants in Seattle.

Media contact: Pamela Hinckley, (206) 604-1442;

Washington State Incites a Cider Revolution
Hard cider is the fastest growing sector of the alcohol market with sales tripling since 2007, according to the Northwest Cider Association. The association includes more than 30 cider makers and 15 cideries, many of whom are apple growers as well as early adopters of premium cidermaking. Washington produces more apples than any other state in the U.S. and that, combined with a young but robust heritage of cider making explain why Washington State leads the U.S. in premium cider production. Current efforts are underway to help encourage more orchardists to plant cider apple varieties to supply the growing industry. Some top ciders in Washington include Tieton Cider Works, Finnriver Cidery and Seattle Cider Co. Increasingly, bars, restaurants, wineries and breweries are giving cider their own taps. And cider tasting rooms are springing open, including several in Seattle: Beveridge Place Pub; Full Throttle Bottles; 99 Bottles; The Noble Fir and the Sixgill; and Capitol Cider.

James Beard Award Finalists Announced
More than two dozen Washington State chefs and restaurants were nominated as semifinalist for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. Finalists include
Blaine Wetzel of Willows Inn on Lummi Island for Rising Star Chef. For Best Chef Northwest: Renee Erickson of The Whale Wins, Jason Franey of Canlis and Ethan Stowell of Staple & Fancy. Among the finalists for Outstanding Restaurant Design (75 seats or less) is Seattle’s Westward. See the full list of finalists at Winners will be announced May 5 at an awards ceremony at New York City.

New Beer Tasting and Brewery Tours
Road Dog Tours presents the guided Seattle Brewery Tour which showcases the city’s craft beer industry and teaches guests about the craft brewing process while offering multiple samples. The tour departs three times daily and includes visits to some of the Seattle’s 20-plus craft and microbreweries. Tours pick up guests at one of two downtown Seattle locations and accommodate between two and 14 guests per tour. Private and corporate tours are also offered. Walk-up tours are also available for as few as one or two individuals as space allows.

Media Contact: Dustin Boast, (206) 249-9858;

Craft Distilleries and Related Tours Grow
Local Craft Tours’ Distillery Tour features three distillery visits and 12 spirit tastings, including award-winning vodkas and whiskeys. Local artisanal snacks and luxury transportation are provided. The newest tour, inaugurated in February 2014, is Downtown Brown, focusing on the Emerald City's craft whiskey and bourbon offerings and featuring three of Seattle’s hottest craft distilleries. Group tours are available.

Along with wineries and breweries, distilleries are now growing in the city and throughout western Washington. Passed in 2008, the Washington State Distillery Law now allows smaller distillers to operate with a craft distillery license, the first time since prohibition. The new law lowered craft distillers’ licensing fees from $2,000 to $100 and raised the amount of spirits a craft distillery can distill from 20,000 to 60,000 gallons annually. The new law also allows for on-site tasting, bottle sales and facility tours. Dozens of new distilleries are now operating and distill absinthe, whiskey, grappa, gin, rum and vodka. Distilleries are required to use 51 percent state-sourced ingredients.

Media contact: Tara Fuller, (206) 455-3740;

Thierry Rautureau Opens New Downtown Establishment
James Beard award-winning chef Thierry Rautureau opened Loulay Kitchen & Bar at 6th Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle in December 2013. Rautureau is a renowned French chef and current owner of Luc in Madison Valley and the late but legendary Rover’s.

Media contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806;

Ethan Stowell Opens New High-End French-Inspired Bistro
Nationally acclaimed restaurateur Ethan Stowell opened Red Cow in early 2014 in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. The new, French-inspired restaurant will serve charcuterie, salads, appetizers, and entrées with specialties to included steak frites and a variety of cuts of beef and classic sauces. In early spring 2014, an intimate stand-alone space called Noyer will open off the patio at Red Cow with a tasting menu and lavish dining experience for 16 guests each evening. Stowell was named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2008, then chosen as a Best New Chef All-Star in 2013, and has been honored with multiple James Beard Award nominations for “Best Chef Northwest.” Ethan Stowell Restaurants includes Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Rione XIII, Bar Cotto, and mkt., as well as Ballard Pizza Company from Grubb Brothers Productions.  

Media contact: Kirsten Graham, (206) 890-3435;

Jason Stratton Opens New Spanish-Style Downtown Restaurant
Seattle restaurateur Jason Stratton opened a new Spanish-style restaurant in downtown Seattle at 1st Avenue and Union Street, directly across from the Four Seasons Seattle Hotel. The new establishment, Aragona, opened in early December 2013. Chef de cuisine is Carrie Mashaney, a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef series in New Orleans and veteran of Straton’s other restaurants. Stratton also owns Spinasse and the adjoining Artusi in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2010.

Media Contact: Lissa Gruman, 425 445 5332,

Matt Dillon Opens Two New Establishments in Pioneer Square
Matt Dillon, 2012 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest, opened Bar Sajor in summer 2013 in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. He opened London Plane, a wine bar, just steps away in October 2013. Dillon is also acclaimed for his other Seattle restaurants, The Corson Building and Sitka & Spruce.

Miller’s Guild Opens at Hotel Max
Miller’s Guild, which opened in December 2013, features wood-fired cooking from James Beard award-winning chef Jason Wilson. Located at the Hotel Max on 7th Avenue and Stewart in downtown Seattle, food items are cooked on a nine-foot long, custom-made, wood-fired Grillworks Infierno™ Grill.

Hotel Max Media Contact: Kate Buska, (503)-548-9399;
Miller’s Guild Media Contact: Heather Jensvold, (206) 931-4580;

Woodinville Adds Whiskey to Wine
One of the biggest distilleries in Washington State, Woodinville Whiskey Co., opened a neighboring “new American road-style tavern” in Woodinville, just east of Seattle, in 2013. The Hollywood Tavern was reincarnated from the original by the same name, a local institution since 1947. The new Hollywood Tavern is headed by Skillet Streetfood and Skillet Diner founder Joshua Henderson. The kitchen is run by Chef Angie Roberts, previously at Hotel 1000’s Boka Restaurant + Bar. The town of Woodinville is home to more than 30 wineries and 100 tasting rooms and is known as a gateway to Washington wine.


Kimpton Plans New Downtown Seattle Hotel
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced plans for a new four-star hotel in downtown Seattle. An adaptive reuse of the landmark Palladian Building, originally built in 1910 as the Calhoun Hotel, will feature a new 97-room property with 1,100 square feet of meeting and event space, a restaurant and a lounge – all with an “edgy urban vibe.” The new hotel is expected to open in late 2014 just steps away from Pike Place Market. Designer Nicole Hollis will oversee the project. This will be Kimpton’s fourth Seattle property, joining the existing Hotel Monaco, Hotel Vintage and the Alexis Hotel.

Media Contact: Brandyn Hull, (206) 340-6678;

Hotel Vintage Un-Corks a Dramatic Renovation
In March 2014, Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage Park has transformed into the Hotel Vintage with a multi-million dollar renovation wine-themed redesign. Each of the 125 newly re-imagined guest rooms are named for a Washington winery; the hotel partnered with 12 of the leading Washington State wineries to spotlight their prominence by featuring their wines in each respective dedicated guest room and on the in-room dining menu. Each of the 12 partner wineries pour at the hotel’s nightly wine hour at least twice a year. Quotes about wine from notable people decorate the walls of the hotel and more than 88,000 recycled wine corks in a variety of colors make up one-of-a-kind cork board art behind each guestroom bed. Partner wineries include Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, DeLille Cellars, Dunham Cellars, Kestrel, L’Ecole, Long Shadows, Pepper Bridge, Sparkman Cellars, VaPiano, Waters Winery, and Woodhouse Wine Estates.  
Media Contact: Brandyn Hull, (206) 340-6678;

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Earns Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Rating
Forbes Travel Guide named the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle as the only hotel in Washington State to receive its prestigious Five-Star rating for service and facility. The Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. This 55th Star Rating list now includes 83 Five-Star hotels, 32 Five-Star restaurants and 38 Five-Star spas, plus 264 Four-Star hotels, 154 Four-Star restaurants and 147 Four-Star spas. There are currently four four-star hotels in Washington State. In Seattle, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel; Hotel 1000; and Pan Pacific Seattle have achieved four-star status, as has Tacoma’s Hotel Murano.

Media contact: Meg Paynor, (206) 913-3848;

Seattle’s Largest Hotel Announced
Seattle developer R.C. Hedreen Co. announced plans to build Seattle’s largest hotel two blocks north of the Washington State Convention Center. The Ninth & Stewart project will be the largest convention hotel north of San Francisco and one of the largest on the Pacific Coast when it opens in early 2017. The 43-story building will include 1,500 hotel guest rooms and 150,000 square feet of meeting space. Design concepts and a hotel operator has yet to be selected.

Media Contact: Joanie Parsons; (206) 789-5668;

Hotel Ballard Opens
Hotel Ballard, a four-star luxury property, opened in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in May 2013 with 29 guest rooms and suites. The boutique hotel is located on Ballard Avenue, one of the city’s burgeoning shopping, dining and entertainment meccas for visitors and locals alike.  The four-story hotel was designed by Seattle architects Gordon Lagerquist and Gene Morris and its modern stucco, sandstone and wood panels provide a modern contrast to neighboring architecture. Guest rooms were designed by Mike Skidmore Architect, and pay subtle homage to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian heritage. The hotel features a street-level restaurant, called Stoneburner, and a rooftop pavilion with panoramic views of the city and the Olympic Mountains, where guests can enjoy outdoor fire pits.

Media Contacts: Carilyn Platt for Hotel Ballard, (206) 618-2033;; Kirsten Graham for Stoneburner, (206) 890-3435.

Hyatt House, a New Development Near Space Needle in the Works
Construction began in Spring 2013 on a new Hyatt property in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. Designed by Johnson Braund Design Group, the project is expected to be complete in Winter 2015 and will consist of an 8-story hotel on the streets surrounding the Seattle Center campus. This project is the second Seattle Hyatt development led by Kauri Investments Ltd. in the last three years, with the Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown opening in June 2010.

Media Contact: Kauri Investments; (206) 447-0303,

Style, Luxury and Service (SLS) to Open in Seattle
The new SLS Four Star hotel on Fifth Avenue and Columbia St. will be part of a new 660-foot skyscraper in downtown Seattle. The 43-story tower is scheduled to open in Summer 2016 with a 15-story hotel consisting of 184 rooms. The hotel will have a full luxury spa with a pool, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a 5,000 square-foot ballroom, a sky lounge, restaurants and fitness center.

Developers Continue Phase Two of Stadium Place Hotel Complex
Developers Daniels Real Estate Co. and American Life team up to build the second phase of Stadium Place, the grand hotel complex just north of CenturyLink and near the transportation hub King Street station. The new facilities aim to revitalize and redevelop the historic Pioneer Square. The complex will include a 23-story hotel, apartment towers, office space, 16,000 square feet of shops and restaurants and health club when completed. The Stadium Place hotel will have 278 total suites and is scheduled to open in 2015.

Media Contact: Daniels Development; (206) 382-4600,

Seattle’s Red Lion Hotel Nears Completion of Major Renovation Improvements
The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle is undergoing a $25 million renovation plan that will increase meeting space by 50 percent, add 22 additional guestrooms and remodel the dinning and outdoor entertainment venues. The hotel remains open during the improvement projects and the full renovation is scheduled to be completed by 2014.

Media Contact: Red Lion Hotel Seattle; (206) 971-8000;


Washington State Convention Center Refurbishment
The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) nears completion of a $20 million refurbishment of its downtown Seattle facility. The updates will be completed in multiple phases throughout 2014, concluding with updates to ceilings, lighting public spaces and the facility’s exterior. The largest portion of work has and will continue to be scheduled during times with the least impact on events. Lobbies and pre-function spaces throughout the WSCC have recently been fitted with wood and leather couches, benches and arm chairs and installed two fireplaces to create an inviting environment for visitors. Way finding will be enhanced with new digital meeting room signage and completely redesigned directional signage. Many pieces of local art on display work to establish a strong sense of place that is tied to the Pacific Northwest.

Media contact: Marsha Engelsberg; 206-694-5145;;

Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Expansion
During 2014, the WSCC will continue to undertake extensive feasibility studies and work on an environmental impact study for a new convention facility at the King County-owned Metro Transit station, one block from the existing WSCC facility. This site, augmented by certain adjacent properties, could yield a “sister” facility to the existing WSCC - one large enough to successfully attract the size of national conventions that want to come to Seattle. The overall development is currently envisioned with heavy-load exhibition space, meeting rooms, ballrooms, freight loading and support space, as well as certain transit operations, retail, and private co-development. If the signs remain positive, construction could start in early 2017.

Media contact: Marsha Engelsberg; 206-694-5145;;


Delta Air Lines Announces Nonstop Service from Hong Kong and Seoul to Seattle
Starting in June 2014, Delta Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle and Hong Kong and Seoul. The routes will be the thirteenth and fourteenth additions, respectively, in new international routes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport since 2007.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;

New Delta Service from Tokyo-Haneda and Shanghai
In June 2013, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport welcomed two additional international services from Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda through a continuing partnership between Delta and Alaska Airlines. In addition to these new flights, Sea-Tac has added other international flights, including service to Paris, Frankfurt, Beijing, Reykjavik, Dubai and Tokyo.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;

New Heathrow-Seattle Service with new Delta-Virgin Venture, March 2014
Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. began new nonstop service between Seattle and London-Heathrow, March 29, 2014.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;

Emirates Airlines Add Flights to Seattle
The Dubai-based airline, Emirates Air now connects Seattle to a new region of the world. Daily, nonstop flights began March 1, 2012 between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Begins Non-stop Service to Seattle
All Nippon Airways (ANA) inaugurated nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in July 2012.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;

Kenmore Air Connects Seattle with Nanaimo
Seattle-based Kenmore Air inaugurated daily nonstop service between Seattle and Nanaimo, B.C. on March 3, 2014. The Kenmore Air Express service operates from Seattle’s Boeing Field, just south of downtown Seattle. Flights depart Seattle daily at 11:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Flights depart Nanaimo daily at 6:45 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Flight time is one hour.

Media contact: Craig O’Neill, (425) 482-2212,


Media contacts:
David Blandford; (206) 461-5806,
Kauilani Robinson; (206) 461-5839,

(Updated 4/14)