Press Release

News Release
August 18, 2015

David Blandford
(206) 461-5806,


Visit Seattle Encourages Staff Members to Take a Break

Travel Giveaway Pays Travel Forward for Busy Tourism Professionals


SEATTLE – Visit Seattle awarded Spencer Davenport, Convention Services Coordinator, a free trip to Nashville, TN as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to travel advocacy and usage of workplace vacation time.

Inspired by the U.S. Travel Association’s new national travel advocacy campaign, Project: Time Off, and with the help of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, Davenport and a guest will fly on the airline’s inaugural flight from Seattle to Nashville on September 23. Visit Seattle will grant him two additional PTO days for the trip and will coordinate two nights’ complimentary hotel stay and up to $100 on Nashville sightseeing activities of his choosing.

Davenport is the 15th Visit Seattle employee to win a travel getaway as part of its employee travel advocacy program. Other winners have received trips to Washington, D.C., New York, Puerto Rico, Napa and several other destinations. Visit Seattle’s only ask in return: that each winning employee enjoy themselves, re-charge and help celebrate the importance of taking time off upon return by writing about their trips on the Visit Seattle travel blog.

“Visit Seattle is committed to travel and tourism as an industry and as an essential activity for our hard-working employees to enjoy and promote.” said Tom Norwalk, Visit Seattle President & CEO and a member of the U.S. Travel Association’s Board of Directors.“

It is estimated that U.S. employees carried over $65.6 billion worth of paid vacation time from 2014-2015 – an average of 3.3 days and $748 per employee. American companies are said to retain some $224 Billion in un-used vacation time on their balance sheets. Taking time off is essential for strong relationships, a productive workforce and a fulfilled life, according to the architects of the Project: Time Off campaign. Learn more at or on Twitter @ProjectTimeOff and #TakeADay.

In addition to its new Nashville route, Alaska Airlines will also inaugurate routes to Raleigh-Durham (October 1) and Charleston (November 16). Follow Alaska Airlines on Twitter @AlaskaAir and #iFlyAlaska or visit the blog at

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region.

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