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Partner Events

Maximize your partnership by getting involved in events that are always relevant, effective, interactive and memorable.
We offer workshops, networking events and year-round activities designed to help you maximize your impact and make the most of your partnership. Seasonal Visit Seattle events connect you with tourism experts and other Visit Seattle partners who share our passion to keep tourism flourishing.
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Get plugged in. Visit Seattle helps partners network with each other and learn how to best take advantage of our many benefits designed to help you connect with visitors, tourists and the travel industry.
  • Partnership Connect – With its fun interactive, speed-dating format, this popular event actively connects you with other partners and Visit Seattle staff to brainstorm about how to network and maximize your benefits. Sit face-to-face with key Visit Seattle staff in a Q&A roundtable to learn more about the most effective ways to interact with us and benefit from Visit Seattle resources.    

  •  Networking events – Partners find these events to be one of the greatest benefits of Visit Seattle, as they provide the chance to network with other partners. You never know who you’ll meet, what insight they can offer and what new business opportunities can be created by partnering with other partners.
Showcase your business.  These are partner-only opportunities to get your business in front of Visit Seattle staff so we can learn what’s unique about you and more readily help to promote you to visitors. 
  • Visit Seattle Open House – During National Travel & Tourism Week each May, Visit Seattle invites its partners to celebrate at its annual open house. Partner restaurants, vintners and craft brewers showcase their best. Partner entertainers present their talents. Old and new friends mingle. And each of us – regardless of industry segment – discuss the week’s issues, initiatives and success stories.
  • Partner Spotlight – Every Thursday at 10 a.m., the Visit Seattle staff stops what we’re doing to attend an in-house presentation by a Visit Seattle partner. We learn all about your offerings, audience, and business and marketing goals. Once we know more about your needs and abilities, we can more readily help promote your products and services to visitors, meeting planners and travel trade professionals. 
Maximize your impact.  Get face-to-face with marketing experts, travel media, and key hospitality, travel and tourism personnel to learn timely trade tips that could help you improve your business. 
  • Educational seminars Our informative lunches, workshops and seminars are designed to inspire and appeal across our wide partnership. We rotate where events are hosted. We cover timely topics that range from the economic downturn and how to maximize your marketing dollars to how to make your social media posts engaging and effective.    
Promote our cause.  Every year, Visit Seattle partners and staff assemble to show our support for tourism in Washington state. This flag-waving flurry of activity is designed to inspire and grow our community.

  • Tourism Day in Olympia – Each winter, Visit Seattle and other destination marketing organizations across Washington gather partners to meet with our state legislators and host a reception at the Governor’s mansion in Olympia. Our voices are many, but our message is the same: Tourism Matters to our economy, tax base and employment.     
Celebrate with friends. Our traditional annual events are always highly anticipated and well attended by partners and staff alike. Get them on your calendar early and make a point to meet someone new.

  • Visit Seattle Annual meeting – Each February, partners are invited to an inspiring and informative event that attracts hundreds. Our annual meeting unveils the Visit Seattle Annual Report. We review what was accomplished the year prior, hear from our president and a relevant and engaging guest, and kick off the year in style with fellow partners.    
  • Visit Seattle Holiday BreakfastNo one misses this one. Tourism industry veterans and new professionals alike look forward to this December event. Recent entertainment includes the Radio City Rockettes, local improv troupes and community choirs. Giveaways and prizes also help warm the winter chill. It’s a fun get-together and a great way to celebrate the local hospitality industry’s success and look forward to the New Year.
Partner Testimonial:

As then Catering Sales Manager with The Resort at Port Ludlow, I attended a Partnership Connect event in 2012 which was my first event with Visit Seattle and made a valuable connection at this networking event.  I struck up a conversation with Nancy Fortner, co-owner of SweetLife Farms on Bainbridge Island. At the time, we were looking for locally made guest room amenities and were not finding anything that was right for us or our guests.  After bringing back information on what Nancy and Bob are doing on their farm, our General Manager visited them on Bainbridge Island and experimented with ingredients for an amenity program.  We now feature SweetLife Farms’ handmade soaps, lotions and bath salts in our Inn’s guest rooms and retail outlet.”
Susan Windle, Senior Sales Manager, Port Ludlow Resort  

Partner testimonial

"Partnership with Visit Seattle is an ongoing, incredibly valuable relationship that helps us reach out to and network with an amazing pool of potential clients, partners, resources and providers in the greater Seattle area. They are so willing and happy to help with questions, introductions and connections - and their events are fun and well-organized, with great information. Their enthusiasm for their jobs is contagious. Partnership 101 is a MUST! At LEAST twice!"
-Kathy Karner, Industry Sign & Graphics