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What’s New

Story Suggestions for Seattle
and Washington State

Summer 2018

ATTRACTIONS & TOURS

Amazon’s The Spheres and The Understory Open Downtown

Amazon’s long-awaited new structure in downtown Seattle, The Spheres, officially opened January 29, 2018. The Spheres serve as collaborative workspace, featuring 40,000 different plants from around the world, multiple water features, paludariums, and more. Another exciting feature of The Spheres is a new restaurant by Renee Erickson, Seattle native and James Beard award winning chef, called Willmott’s Ghost. In addition, Erickson’s company, Sea Creatures, has also opened a café and a General Porpoise doughnut shop inside the structure. To provide a preview of The Spheres, the structure also includes a visitor center on the bottom level called The Understory where visitors can experience a fully immersive look at what The Spheres have to offer. The general public can also now schedule weekend visits to The Spheres, but slots fill up quickly. Learn more at seattlespheres.com.

Media Contact: Media Hotline; amazon-pr@amazon.com

Summer Happenings at Pike Place Market

Farm season is in full swing at Pike Place Market. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October, Pike Place Market operates four weekday farmers markets around downtown Seattle, including Tuesdays at The Regrade/Amazon Spheres and City Hall Plaza, Thursdays at South Lake Union, and Fridays at First Hill/Virginia Mason; as well as Saturdays through November, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Pike Place cobblestones. Explore shops and boutiques on Western Avenue every first Thursday, for Night Out on Western from 4-7 p.m. The MarketFront Plaza provides a beautiful place to eat lunch or catch the sun setting on Elliott Bay, with panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains. Other special events on the MarketFront, including culinary pop-ups, summer concerts and craft showcases will take place this summer and into early fall. More information at pikeplacemarket.org.

Pike Place Market’s new MarketFront, a .75-acre, 30,000-square-foot public terrace and plaza that expands to the western flank of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, marked its official grand opening June 29, 2017. MarketFront offers panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, space for 47 new day stall tables for farmers, crafters and artists, as well as 12,000-square-feet of commercial and retail space for artisan purveyors and 40 low-income housing units for seniors. The site’s location on the western edge of the market allows future access to the central waterfront development from the market and downtown Seattle. The site is within the Market Historic District and was part of the Friends of the Market’s original plan for Pike Place Market. The MarketFront completes the district, created in 1971, and connects to the main arcade via the Desimone Bridge.

Media Contact: Kalyn Kinomoto, (206) 774-5259; kalyn.kinomoto@pikeplacemarket.org

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Opens at Pike Place Market

New this summer at Pike Place Market is Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, a membership-supported library that preserves collections of books, including first edition and signed books. Located in spacious, light-filled rooms with a stellar views of Elliott Bay, the library provides members a quiet space in which to peruse the collections, read in comfortable vintage chairs, study, work, or have private meetings. In addition to its mission in preserving book collections, Folio offers programming for literary types of all stripes. Book discussion groups, literary salons with author readings and discussions, and invited speakers on pressing civic topics join chamber music on the library’s monthly calendar.

Media Contact: David Brewster, david@folioseattle.org

Wings Over Washington Joins the Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57

Wings Over Washington, one of the most technologically advanced, multi-sensory flying rides, opened to the public in August 2016 at Pier 57 on the Seattle Waterfront. This state-of-the-art “flying theater” transports guests through an aerial adventure high over Washington State. The 20-minute film features views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic National Forest and San Juan Islands, the Cascade Mountains and Snoqualmie Falls, the Tieton River, and the wonders of the Walla Walla Valley Balloon Stampede. Wings Over Washington is the newest attraction at Seattle’s Pier 57, joining the Seattle Great Wheel, and popular eateries including The Crab Pot and the Fisherman’s Restaurant.

Media Contact: Andria Smith, fly@wingsoverwa.com

Museum of Flight Introduces Apollo, The Exhibit

The US vs USSR Space Race of the 1960s was a time of superlatives as the space agencies of each country used their best and their brightest to get one step closer to putting footprints on the Moon. APOLLO, the exhibit, reflects those times with artifacts both towering and diminutive, each with powerful stories of the people behind them. The exhibit is the first public display of the long-lost rocket engines that launched the Apollo astronauts to the Moon. The historic Apollo 12 and 16 F-1 engines that boosted the mighty Saturn V Moon rockets were lost at the bottom of the sea for 43 years until discovered and raised by Seattle-based Bezos Expeditions in 2013. The sunken remains were our last missing links to the first adventures to another world. The aged and sculptural artifacts still show the scars of their service and of resting in the depths. For comparison, a full-scale F-1 rocket engine, on loan from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, will also be displayed. The exhibit features many other unique artifacts from the Space Race, including Moon rocks, a lunar roving “moon buggy,” the only Viking Mars lander on Earth, space suits and the first Apollo command module.

Destination Moon: Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight will host key space artifacts from The Smithsonian Institution featuring Apollo 11’s spaceship during the 50th anniversary of the historic mission. Seattle is the last stop on the four-city, two-year tour for “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” from April 13, 2019 through September 2, 2019. Seattle will be the host on the actual 50th anniversary date:  July 20, 2019. The National Air and Space Museum have been working on “Destination Moon” since mid-2014. The project is possible due to a renovation and preparation for a permanent “Destination Moon” exhibit in DC. That exhibit is scheduled to open at the Air and Space Museum in 2020.  Touring the Apollo artifacts will ensure that they’re on display during a prime period for celebrating space history.

Media Contact: Ted Huetter, (206) 455-5360; thuetter@museumofflight.org

From Aircraft to Craft Beer, MOHAI brings Seattle Together!

Located at the beautiful Lake Union Park, channel your inner adventurer and travel through our region’s rich traditions, historic moments, and groundbreaking innovations this summer at MOHAI. Explore the museum’s signature exhibits, Bezos Center for Innovation, True Northwest: The Seattle Journey and Maritime Seattle. MOHAI has an entire season packed full of activities that combine Seattle’s tradition of innovation, music, and community. Celebrate pride month in June at MOHAI with family friendly activities. Go for a ride in a historic ship on select days in June, July and August.  Mark your calendar for MOHAI’s upcoming special exhibit WW1 America, opening Sept. 1. The museum is open daily with extended summer hours from 10 am – 8 pm on Thursdays in July and August.

Media Contact: Wendy Malloy, (206) 324-1126 ext. 150, wendy.malloy@mohai.com

Space Needle’s “Spacelift” Reveal Begins

The Space Needle, one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, is undergoing a 360-degree “spacelift”. Privately funded, the 56-year-old tower’s $100 million renovation, Century Project, will elevate the visitor experience by dramatically enhancing the view with more than 176 tons of glass. The Space Needle’s safety caging has been removed and replaced with eleven-foot-tall, open-air glass panels and titled glass benches called Skyrisers. With nothing but seamless glass between visitor’s panoramic views of the Pacific Northwest, guests can now sit back on the Skyrisers, and experience the intense feeling of floating above the Seattle skyline. The Space Needle’s renovation also includes the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, known as The Loupe, showcasing a never-before-seen downward view of Seattle’s iconic tower from 500 feet in the air. The Loupe opened to the public August 3, with overall renovations scheduled to be completed by fall 2018. For more information and updates, visit www.seewhatsup.space.

Media Contact: Dave Mandapat, (206) 905-2164; davidm@spaceneedle.com

Center for Wooden Boats to Open New Education Center

Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats is constructing the Dick and Colleen Wagner Education Center, scheduled for completion by late-summer, 2018; this 9,200-square-foot building will consist of a large boat shop, classroom and gallery space, a visitor center, and offices, adjacent to the Center’s existing South Lake Union site. The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, promotes the Northwest’s small-craft heritage through the preservation of historic craft used in boating lessons, outings and education.

Media Contact: Brandt Faatz, (206) 382-2628; communications@cwb.org

Enchant Christmas in Seattle

For the first time, Enchant Christmas is bringing their Christmas market, light maze and more to Safeco Field November 23-December 30, 2018. Highlights of Enchant include the world’s largest Christmas light maze, an expansive artisan Christmas market with more than 100 vendors, food and beverage, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, an ice-skating trail, and VIP experiences. While Enchant has also brought their experiences with great success to Vancouver, BC and Arlington, Texas, this will be the first time the event will be held indoors. Early bird specials are available now. Learn more at enchantchristmas.com.

Media Contact: Michelle Leyva, (206) 858-8135, michelle@michellesanderspr.com

Sky View Observatory Grand Re-Opening

Beginning June 28, visitors are invited to experience the grand re-opening of the Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center. Visitors will be invited into an exciting new experience from the moment they walk through the doors, with a redesigned entrance and atrium with a grand staircase, first-floor ticketing, and direct-access elevator to the observatory at the 73rd floor. Once upstairs, they will be invited to take in the stunning 360-degree panoramic view, with updated technology to act as a virtual tour guide of what they are seeing – Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, Seattle, the Space Needle, and more. Also updated is the food and beverage experience, with craft cocktails, beer, wine, and light bites. More information is available at skyviewobservatory.com.

Media Contact: Tamara Wilson, (206) 409-6735, info@tamarawilson.com

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Upcoming Festivals and Events:

July 2-28 Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Benaroya Music Hall
seattlechambermusic.org
July 4-Aug. 5 Seafair Festival
Various Locations
seafair.com
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Bumbershoot
Seattle Center
bumbershoot.com

Seattle’s Annual Seafair Festival

Entering its 69th year, Seafair is a ten-week-long summer festival featuring nearly 75 sanctioned events that reach more than two million people. The annual festival is centered around building community, creating memories, and providing affordable fun in Seattle. Its culminating event – Seafair Weekend Festival, will take place August 3-5. Seafair also partners with the Seattle Music Commission to bring live, local music to the festival through City of Music @ Seafair. The Festival offers reduced ticket prices of $10 for youth (6-12) and seniors (62+); children 5 years old and younger are free. Active duty, reserve, and retired military may enter Seafair Weekend Festival for free by presenting their Military ID at the special Boeing & Military entry gate at Genesee Park. Active duty, reserve, & retired military may also purchase additional reduced price general admission tickets at the gate for $20 per ticket, per day. For more details, including event times and locations, visit seafair.com.

Media Contact: Stevi Boskovich, (206) 898-9289, stevi@seafair.com

Bumbershoot Returns to Seattle August 31-September 2, 2018

Owing to almost a half-century of history as one of Seattle’s top arts festivals, Bumbershoot draws a national audience to its 3-day celebration of comedy, dance, film, literary arts, music performing arts, theatre, visual arts and more. This year’s musical line-up includes something for every fan, including SZA, Fleet Foxes, Ludacris, Seattle-native Noah Gundersen, Bahamas, Marian Hill, Mikky Ekko and many more. Comedic powerhouses like Langston Kerman, Emily Heller, Kate Willett, and Kortney Shane Williams are just some of the performers set to take the comedy stage this year. Additionally, countless dance and theater performers, along with artists of various mediums, will round out this distinctive multi-disciplinary festival with their creativity and talent. Held at Seattle Center in the heart of the city, Bumbershoot showcases the very best of the Northwest spirit.

Media Contact: media@bumbershoot.com

Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare Spring – Fall 2018

Seattle Celebrates is an exciting new arts & culture festival, with an estimated 40 theatre, dance, music and film companies expected to participate in 2018. Organizations across a variety of mediums, ranging from symphony and ballet to jazz, film and musical theater, unite to present works on a single theme. This remarkable collaboration showcases Seattle’s incredibly rich cultural landscape and defines it as one of the premiere arts destinations in the country. The great William Shakespeare is universally considered to be one of the greatest storytellers in history. His works remain timeless, with fully-fledged productions of his original plays being performed in their entirety in cities and communities around the world to this day. With the enduring work of the Bard as the central theme for this year’s Seattle Celebrates festival, a huge variety of Seattle’s incredible arts and culture organizations are able to participate. Learn more at seattlecelebrates.org.

Beyond the Frame from February – December 2018 

This regional project uses the world-renowned photos of Seattleite Edward S. Curtis as a launch pad for conversations about Native American perspectives and identity. Between February and December 2018, more than 20 museums, Native cultural centers, libraries and other organizations — centered in Seattle but reaching from Tulalip to Tacoma — will be staging exhibits and events connected to the images Curtis made of Native people in the early 20th century. At beyondtheframe.org you can plan a day of art, regional history and more that includes Beyond the Frame exhibits, as well as historic Native landmarks and contemporary Native events. Learn more at beyondtheframe.org.

Media Contact: Chris Nelson, cnelson@pyramidcommunications.com

MoPOP Welcomes the Return of Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses

Following a hugely successful 6+ month run in Brazil, one of MoPOP’s most popular exhibitions of all time reopened in March 2018 in Seattle, with new enhancements. Explore the world’s most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of Seattle rock luminaries Nirvana through more than 200 rare artifacts, photographs, and oral histories.

The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselić’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave Grohl’s Tama Rockstar-Pro drum kit. Steve Fisk’s ambient soundtrack can be heard as fans move through the exhibition. Learn more at mopop.org/exhibits/current-exhibits/nirvana-taking-punk-to-the-masses.

MoPOP Welcomes MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPERHEROES (WORLD PREMIERE)

Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture welcomed the largest exhibit ever staged at MoPOP in 2018. Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes features more than 300 original artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic and sought-after pages, costumes and props, many of which have never-before been seen by the public. The exhibition tells the Marvel story through comics, film and other media, taking place as it celebrates 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and ahead of the 80th anniversary in 2019.  The exhibition traces the story of the company and its influence on visual culture – including how it has responded to historical events and addressed wider issues such as gender, race and mental illness – as well as uncovering the narratives of individual characters such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther and Doctor Strange. Immersive set pieces bring the comic book world to life, and the exhibition is accompanied by an immersive soundscape created by acclaimed composers Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer. April 21, 2018-January 6, 2019. Learn more at mopop.org/exhibits/current-exhibits/marvel.

Media Contact: Anita Woo, (206) 262-3245, anitaw@empmuseum.org

New Nordic Museum Opened May 5, 2018

Seattle has the distinction of having the only museum in the United States devoted to the culture and history of the five Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.  In May of 2018, the brand new Nordic Museum opened to the public with a month of Grand Opening and Nordic Seattle celebrations. The new 60,000 square foot museum and cultural center is located in the heart of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and offers expanded exhibition and program spaces as a landmark destination for Nordic culture in the United States. Previously housed in a 1907 building rented from the Seattle School District, the new museum, designed by Mithun architects, allows the museum to showcase a much broader range of the Nordic experience. Learn more at nordicmuseum.org.

Media Contact: (206) 789-5707; marketing@nordicmuseum.org

Seattle Awarded UNESCO Creative City Designation as a City of Literature

Seattle is proud to be among 64 newly designated Creative Cities from 44 countries in seven disciplines, and to be only the second US City (along with Iowa City) to be designated a UNESCO Creative City in Literature. Seattle’s award recognizes the depth and breadth of the city’s literary community. The UNESCO World Cities program aims to build peaceful relationships between people through culture and education. While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies. Learn more at seattlecityoflit.org.

New Creative City Guides Show the City from an Artist’s Perspective

This new, free publication from Visit Seattle tells the story of a city noted for its creativity from the point of view of 21 artists who live and work here.  From beloved KEXP DJ John Richards to award-winning filmmaker Megan Griffiths, a group of poets, actors, dancers, musicians and more share their favorite places in the city they call home. visitseattle.org/things-to-do/arts-culture/creative-city

Media Contact: Tracey Wickersham, (206) 461-5812; twickersham@visitseattle.org

Upstream Music Fest + Summit

The second annual three-day music festival and summit returned to Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood June 1-3, 2018. Founded by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen in 2017, Upstream curated a walkable mixtape showcasing artists from the Pacific Northwest, the West Coast and beyond. This year, Upstream’s Summit partnered with the Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter, which featured sessions focusing on the most pressing opportunities and challenges facing artist and music industry professionals today. This year’s Fest offered the chance to discover more than 200 artists playing unique venues across Pioneer Square. From iconic clubs to some surprising converted spaces, this diversity of performance experience and opportunity for music discovery sets Upstream apart from the typical music festival. Festival dates for 2019 will be announced soon. upstreammusicfest.com

Media Contact: press@upstreammusicfest.com

Seattle Art Fair to Take Place August 2-5, 2018

Seattle Art Fair has quickly become known as a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art and a showcase for the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest. Based in Seattle, a city as renowned for its natural beauty as its cultural landscape, the fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming. The third edition of the fair in 2017 was the largest and best attended to date, with 100 exhibitors and 22,500 guests throughout the weekend. The Seattle Art Fair was founded by Paul G. Allen and is co-produced by Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and Art Market Productions. seattleartfair.com

Media Contact: Marcella Zimmermann, marcella@culturalcounsel.com

Pearl Jam #TheHomeShows

100,000 worldwide fans will flock to Seattle for “The Home Shows” – two headlining Pearl Jam shows at Safeco Field to take place on August 8 and 10. In addition to bringing nearly 100,000 fans from around the world together, The Home Shows will spotlight efforts across the city and King County to address the region’s homelessness issue. To that end, Pearl Jam is pledging a minimum of $1 million toward local homelessness initiatives and is challenging others in the community to join them. This will be Pearl Jam’s first concert in Seattle in 5 years, and the largest headlining shows in Seattle since the Rolling Stones played two nights in the Kingdome in 1981. pearljam.com/thehomeshows/seattle

SODO Track Expands for Year 3 in 2018

Over 3 years, 2 miles along the light rail and busway that runs between the City of Seattle and SeaTac airport is being transformed into an artistic portal to the city for the more than 50,000 riders who travel this route every day.  More than 50 artists, from local to international, are changing 32 large scale walls into huge mural works of art. 2018 will be the final phase in creating this incredible art project. sodotrack.com

Pacific Northwest is the US Epicenter of Glass Art

A recent study conducted by the Glass Art Society of America and Chihuly Garden and Glass aspired to answer the question, “What is the current state of glass art in America?” The two organizations, in collaboration with GMA Research, partnered to conduct a comprehensive study to gauge public interest in glass art, explore the activity taking place in different regions renowned for glass art, and provide a benchmark by which to measure future growth and trends in the industry. The Pacific Northwest is both perceived to be, and is the actual leading regional hub for glass in the US. Stay tuned for plans for a new Glass Art Festival to support this important creative economy of the PNW. glassart.org/landscapeofglass.html

Seattle Opera at the Center Coming in 2018

Seattle Opera is building a new civic home, adjacent to Marion Oliver McCaw Hall on the Seattle Center campus, where opera will be unlocked for all. This building is so much more than an administrative facility – it will house dedicated space for rehearsals, artistic production, education, and community engagement, welcoming more people than ever before to experience the joy of opera. seattleopera.org

Borealis Festival of Light

Based at the Museum of History and Industry on Lake Union, a new world of light and color will encompass South Lake Union for five nights, showcasing an international video mapping presentation and light art installations from Northwest and international artists. A kaleidoscope of light, color and illusion will transform the South Lake Union neighborhood with a walking tour of art installations, embellished with performances and music. The Borealis Festival of Light will bring together artists and the technological. These events are free to the public and open to all ages. borealisfestivaloflight.com

Media Contact: Margaret Nicoll, (206) 310-5750, Margaret@Borealisfestivaloflight.com

Beep Beep – Construction Zone

Seattle’s Town Hall civic and performance center is currently closed for a massive upgrade/remodel and slated to open in late 2018. A new Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture is being built and will open in 2019, and Seattle Asian Art Museum is also currently closed for renovation and expansion, to open in 2019. More info to follow as it becomes available.

Seattle Aquarium Plans 50,000 Square Foot Addition

LMN Architects is planning a $100 million design for a 50,000-square-foot expansion to the aquarium. There will be an additional wing, enabling the aquarium to boost capacity. The new pavilion will be able to host new exhibits that include a 350,000-gallon warm water tank, and a gathering space that will hold up to 200 people. The space will also offer a more hands-on, interactive experience. Expansion construction is to be finished by 2023.

Media Contact: Tim Kuniholm, (206) 386-4345; t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org

 Seattle Museum Month (Will Return February 2019)

The fifth annual iteration of this popular program will take place throughout February 2019.  All guests staying in one of dozens of participating downtown Seattle hotels from February 1-28 will receive a Seattle Museum Month pass, entitling the holder (up to 4 people staying in the hotel) to 50% admission at participating museums.  With 40 participating museums in Seattle and the region, the savings – and fun — are practically endless. Enjoy Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Museum of Pop Culture, The Museum of Flight, Tacoma Art Museum, The Wing Luke Museum, Museum of Glass, Seattle Pinball Museum and more! seattlemuseummonth.com

As always, there are thousands of arts and cultural programs and events in Seattle every year.  Learn more at visitseattle.org/things-to-do/events/ and visitseattle.org/things-to-do/events/festivals/

SPORTS

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is Coming to North America

For the first time since 1994, the United Bid (comprised of United States, Canada and Mexico), has been selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Out of 23 potential destinations, Seattle is a top contender among the 17 major U.S cities bidding to host World Cup games. Since the Seattle Sounders’ Major League Soccer (MLS) debut in 2009, Seattle now has one of the most prominent soccer fan bases in the country, frequently leading the league in ticket sales and viewership. Situated between Vancouver and Portland, the homes of two other major MLS teams, Seattle is in a prime geographical location for consideration. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is known as mecca of noise and excitement in the sporting realm, providing a recipe for the perfect venue of a FIFA World Cup game. Seattleites have not hesitated to show their enthusiasm surrounding the games, hosting a press conference immediately after the bid announcement to discuss a plan of action to assure Seattle’s place in the 2026 games.

Seattle’s Upcoming NHL Team Names Tod Leiweke CEO

Seattle eagerly awaits the start of its first National Hockey League team, expected to begin play in the 2020-21 season. While still pending final approval from the NHL, the initial season ticket drive exceeded expectations with more than 25,000 tickets sold in an hour. During a press conference at Seattle Center April 11, Tod Leiweke was introduced as the CEO and president of the franchise, partnering with David Bonderman, billionaire, and Jerry Bruckheimer, Hollywood producer. Leiweke is a Seattle native and previously served as chief operating officer of the NFL. The new team’s home will be Key Arena at Seattle Center which is currently undergoing a $660 million renovation.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

In April 2018, Seattle welcomed all Clipper Round the World yachts, including Visit Seattle’s Yacht, as they entered the Puget Sound and the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina from Qingdao, China before heading to Panama, then to New York before finishing in Liverpool, England July 28, 2018. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Approximately 40 percent of the crewmembers are novices and have never sailed prior to completing their comprehensive training program ahead of their adventure. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which has Unicef as the official Charity Partner, is the world’s greatest ocean adventure and regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. The race spans 40,000 nautical miles, takes almost a year to complete and consists of 12 teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of ocean-racing yachts. Follow along at clipperroundtheworld.com.

Media Contact: Mara Mote, (206) 461-5803; mmote@seattlesports.org

Special Olympics Coming to Seattle

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held throughout Seattle, July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all over the country will compete in 14 individual and team Olympic sports at various venues across the Seattle area including the University of Washington, Celebration Park, Kenmore Lanes, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center and Willows Run Golf Club.

Media Contact: media@specialolympicsusagames.org

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Ethan Stowell Opens Two New Restaurants

Continuing their highly successful streak in Seattle, Ethan Stowell Restaurants opens two new spaces in Seattle – Cortina and Super Bueno. Cortina, an urban, contemporary and comfortable Italian restaurant, is located at the base of the Two Union Tower in Two Union Square in downtown Seattle. Their sprawling bar, dining room and event space was designed by Heliotrope Architects.

Super Bueno is a family-friendly Mexican concept in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, with 4,000 square feet of space designed by Atelier Drome. Their open kitchen, high ceilings, and colorful murals set the scene for a lively, dynamic dining experience.

Media Contact: Kirsten Graham, (206) 890-3435, kirsten@kirstengrahampr.com

Seattle Chef Eduoardo Jordan Wins Two James Beard Awards

The 2018 James Beard award winners were announced May 7 at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago. Seattle Chef Eduoardo Jordan won Best New Restaurant for JuneBaby and Best Chef: Northwest for Salare. Jordan is the first African American chef to receive the Best New Restaurant award. Numerous Seattle and Washington State restaurants and chefs also featured prominently among the 2018 James Beard nominees and semifinalists. The nominations included: Evan Andres for Outstanding Baker at Columbia City Bakery; Canon Seattle for Outstanding Bar Program; Renee Erickson, Holly Dinning Smith, and Blaine Wetzel for Outstanding Chef; Canlis for Outstanding Restaurant; Ethan Stowell and Angela Dunleavy Stowell for Outstanding Restaurateur; Wild Ginger Seattle for Outstanding Wine Program; Shota Nakajima, Jared Blackinton and Maximillian Petty for Rising Star Chef of the Year; and for Best Chef Northwest: Eric Donnelly, Taichi Kitamura, Opus Co. Restaurant’s Mark Schroder, Mutsuko Soma and Rachel Yang and Seif.

Canlis, 2017 James Beard Award Winner for Outstanding Wine Program

As one of Washington’s finest dining establishments, Canlis won its first James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program. In the award for “Best Wine Program,” James Beard’s criteria are “a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine.”  Canlis boasts an 88-page wine list and has trained four Master Sommeliers and nine advanced sommeliers. This was Canlis’ tenth nomination, and first time winning. Canlis also received a James Beard nomination for the 2018 Outstanding Restaurant award.

Washington’s Wine Scene

Washington is the nation’s second-largest producer of premium wines and boasts more 900 wineries across 14 American Vitacultural Areas (AVAs). Some 350 wine grape growers produce more than 70 wine grape varieties – a ratio of about 49 percent white and 51 percent red. In 2017, Washington State’s wine grape harvest totaled 229,000 tons. Washington State is in a period of tremendous growth, as the compound annual growth rate of all grapes grown and wine sold in the state shows steady growth at 5.8-percent over a 10-year period. The number of winery licenses in the state recently surpassed 940, and wine grape acreage has grown 18-percent in five years. Seattle’s urban wine scene is also taking off with numerous tasting rooms just south of downtown Seattle. And just 30 minutes from Seattle in Woodinville, there are more than 130 wineries and tasting rooms to experience and enjoy. Visit washingtonwine.org to learn more.

Media Contact: Averyl Dunn, (206) 295-5763; adunn@washingtonwine.org

HOTELS

Scheduled Openings

The Charter Hotel – Curio Collection by Hilton

Opening September  2018, The Charter Hotel will be located at Stewart St. and Second Ave. near Pike Place Market.  The 229-room hotel will feature a 2,500 square-foot fitness center, Patagon, an Argentinian restaurant, and Fog Room, an exclusive rooftop lounge.

The State Hotel to Open at Second & Pike

Set to open in winter 2018, The State Hotel will open in the historic Eitel Building adjacent to Pike Place Market. The 90-room building will feature an 8th floor rooftop terrace overlooking the Market, as well as gathering spaces to connect and socialize. The hotel is owned by Lake Union Partners and will be run by Columbia Hospitality, both Seattle-based companies.

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Bellevue Downtown

Hilton will open a new Garden Inn located in Bellevue, just a few blocks from the central shopping district. The 254-room hotel will feature complimentary WiFi, flexible meeting space for up to 100 guests, an on-site restaurant and bar, an indoor heated pool and a 24-hour fitness center. The hotel officially opened May 11, 2018

New Hyatt Regency will be Seattle’s Largest Hotel

Seattle developer R.C. Hedreen Co. entered into a management agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corporation for its new headquarters hotel currently being built in downtown Seattle. The 1,260-room Hyatt Regency hotel will be Seattle’s largest hotel and one of the biggest on the West Coast when completed in December 2018. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle between Stewart and Howell streets and Eighth and Ninth avenues, the premium, full-service hotel will be two blocks north of the existing Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and adjacent to a planned additional facility of the convention center. The 45-story Hyatt Regency Seattle will include more than 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space and is expected to enliven the surrounding pedestrian streetscape and growing convention neighborhood.

Palihotel Seattle Set to Open Fall 2018

Palisociety, an independent boutique hotel portfolio, will open its first property outside of Los Angeles in Fall 2018. Palihotel Seattle will offer 96 rooms with a restaurant, bar and coffee offerings just steps away from Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Their design is eclectic, yet approachable, with contemporary features and amenities. Their restaurant, The Hart and the Hunter, will be a southern-inspired eatery with Pacific Northwest ingredients and flavors.

Media Contact: Raluca State, raluca@ralucastate.com

Updates & Renovations

Sheraton Seattle Hotel Undergoes Renovations

Completed in spring 2018, Sheraton Seattle Hotel underwent a refresh of all 1,236 guest rooms and common spaces. Sheraton Seattle Hotel is located directly across the street from Washington State Convention Center (WSCC).

Loews Hotel 1000 Completes Renovations Fall 2017

Loews Hotel 1000 completed a multi-million-dollar renovation in November 2017, focused on the overall guest experience by updating guest rooms, meeting space, lobby and restaurant. The design juxtaposes the nature surrounding the city, and the city itself. The renovation also included a change in restaurants from Boka to All Water Seafood and Oyster Bar.

Media Contact: Sarah Moran; sarah.moran@loewshotels.com

Seattle Marriott Waterfront Opens All-New M Club Lounge

Following its opening in summer 2017, new M Club Lounge at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront opened in October 2017, overlooking Elliott Bay. Located on the first floor with indoor and outdoor seating, it is an elevated space for Elite Gold and Platinum Members. There is also a private outdoor patio overlooking the waterfront.

Motif Seattle Completes Renovations Summer 2017

Motif Seattle underwent a $10 million redesign of their 319 guest rooms, with renovations including an investment in local art pieces. The new design is a platform for Motif’s Visiting Artist Program where they collaborate with a local artist to design a new motif, which is reflected in the hotel’s stationary, envelopes, guest amenities and more. The new interiors in guest rooms were also designed locally by Seattle design and architecture firm Degen and Degen.

Hotel Monaco Reopens Sazerac Restaurant with New Name and Concept

The 20-year-old, New Orleans-themed Sazerac restaurant at Hotel Monaco reopened as Outlier in March 2017. Led by Executive Chef Shawn Applin, Outlier’s menu features shareable, seasonally-driven global fare, such as Dungeness crab-stuffed pasta, brick oven pizzas, and black Chile roasted chicken, designed to be paired with cocktails or local brews. The interior has been decorated to reflect fern bars of the 1970s, complete with a newly built back patio space.

Media Contact: Margo Helgen, (206) 516-5049; margo.helgen@kimptonhotels.com

Seattle’s Historic Mayflower Park Hotel Celebrates its 90th Anniversary

First opened on July 16, 1927, the Mayflower Park Hotel is Seattle’s longest continuously running hotel and celebrated its 90th birthday in 2017. On September 29, 2017, the Historic Hotel Awards of Excellence announced the Mayflower Park as the best Historic Hotel of 2017.

Media Contact: Stacia Williams, (206) 382-6991; stacia@mayflowerpark.com

Now Open

EVEN Hotel & Staybridge Suites

Both the EVEN Hotel and Staybridge Suites opened May 2018 in South Lake Union, in side-by-side properties. The EVEN Hotel features 123 guest rooms, and Staybridge Suites offers 112 suites. They share Cork & Kale, a bar and lounge area, a grab-and-go breakfast bar, and an outdoor patio and seating area.

Media Contact: Katie Anderson, (770) 604-5108, Katie.Anderson3@ihg.com

Flagship Embassy Suites Opened March 2018 in Pioneer Square

The newest all-suite hotel in the Hilton family offers 282 rooms, a flexible 7,433 square foot ballroom, outdoor event terrace, indoor pool, and more. The hotel is located in Pioneer Square, and is near the stadiums, Pike Place Market, and other major Seattle attractions.

Media Contact: Madalyn Chau, (206) 343-1543, mchau@feareygroup.com

New Marriott Hotel Concept Now Open

Marriott International rolled out a new hotel and hotel concept near the new Amazon headquarters in Seattle. Moxy is now open at 1016 Republican St. and is among the first properties in the new brand to open in several U.S. markets, including Seattle and San Francisco. The boutique hotel has 146 smaller-than-normal rooms and is described as “spirited and fun”.

Media Contact: Madalyn Chau, (206) 343-1543, mchau@feareygroup.com

Residence Inn by Marriott Opened December 2017

The 15-story, 302-room Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown’s Denny Triangle neighborhood opened December 1, 2017. The new hotel is located at Howell Street and 9th Avenue, across the street from the Washington State Convention Center Additional Facility.

Provenance Hotels Rolls Out New Offerings with Hotel Theodore and Hotel Max

Portland-based Provenance Hotels opened the 151-room Hotel Theodore at Seventh and Pine Street in downtown Seattle in November 2017. Occupying the landmark 1929 building, currently known and operating as the Roosevelt Hotel, the new hotel name is inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt and showcases a collection of works that honor Seattle’s pioneering spirit. Meeting space of 2,415 square feet is offered.

Also new with Provenance Hotels is their new Stay Well+Fit program at both Hotel Theodore and Hotel Max, also in Seattle. Provenance Hotels wants to care for the wellness of Seattle visitors – mind, body and soul – with this new program that brings top-of-the-line Peloton bikes into both hotel gyms and makes available a complimentary Well+Fit kit which is, essentially, room service for the mind and body. The kit includes workout gear, fitness videos, and an iPad preloaded with fitness videos and the Calm App. This program also offers complimentary Shinola bikes guests can borrow if they want to combine a little exercise and exploration. In addition, as part of Well+Fit, Hotel Max and Hotel Theodore has partnered with CorePower Yoga and barre3 BurnCycle’s spin studio for limited complimentary class passes.

Media Contact: Kate Buska, (503) 548-9399, kate@provenancehotels.com

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Downtown Now Open

Just steps from the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and the upcoming Additional Facility, the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Downtown is also close to downtown restaurants, shops and attractions. The hotel has 222 well-appointed guest rooms, three meeting rooms (2,000 square feet total) and a saltwater swimming pool.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport Opened 2017

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Washington with views of the Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountain Range, this new hotel offers 347 guest rooms and two gorgeous waterfront ballrooms as part of 60,000 square feet of total indoor and outdoor meeting space.

AC by Marriott Opened August 2017

Designed for entrepreneurial and creative travelers, the 234-room AC Hotel Seattle Bellevue Downtown opened in August at 208 106th Place N.E. in Bellevue, WA, just five miles east of Seattle. Boasting “Spanish roots, European soul, and a global mindset”, the hotel includes a bar and lounge, open for breakfast, tapas, and cocktails.

W Bellevue Opened Summer 2017

W Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, opened a 245-room hotel, also in Bellevue. The new property is located in the Lincoln Square development amid a thriving retail and entertainment district. The hotel occupies the first 13 floors of the 41-story tower, with 231 apartments on the next 28 floors. Some 180,000 square feet of retail will contribute to a $1.2 billion expansion of the Bellevue Collection. The 424-room W Seattle opened in downtown Seattle in 1999 and completed a renovation in 2016.

Residence Inn Now Open in SeaTac

The Residence Inn Seattle SeaTac/Airport officially opened June, 2018. The property oversees Angle Lake and is located 2.4 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Residence Inn properties are specially-designed for long stays, with fully equipped kitchens, free internet and free hot breakfast.

Hotel Interurban Opened May 2018

Managed by Columbia Hospitality, Hotel Interurban opened in May 2018 as the tallest building in Tukwila at 19 stories. The hotel offers a boutique atmosphere while being in close proximity to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Along with more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, Hotel Interurban also offers full dining service with the Waterleaf Restaurant and Bar, a grab-and-go espresso bar, and close proximity to Westfield Southcenter Mall and the Tukwila commuter rail station.

Media Contact: Joleen Zanuzoski, (206) 452-8189, joleenz@greenrubino.com

CONVENTION NEWS

Convention Center (WSCC) Plans Additional Facility

The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) continues to plan for an additional convention facility at the King County-owned Metro Transit station, one block from the existing WSCC facility. The project was recently approved by Seattle’s City Council. This site, augmented by certain adjacent properties, will yield an additional facility to the existing WSCC – one large enough to successfully attract the size of national conventions that want to come to Seattle. Seattle’s Pine Street Group has been selected as project manager; together with LMN Architects, they are working on design development for the program spaces and master use permit approvals. The general contractor is Clark/Lewis, a joint venture of Clark Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis. The overall development is currently envisioned with up to 255,000 square feet of heavy-load exhibition space on two levels, 120,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a full service kitchen and 60,000 square feet of ballroom, freight loading and support space. Project construction groundbreaking is anticipated to begin summer of 2018, with projected opening in 2021

Media Contact: Claire Canzoneri, Claire.Canzoneri@wscc.com

Illuminating Public Art at the Washington State Convention Center

The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) has partnered with a new mobile app STQRY (“pronounced “story”) to showcase its popular public art collection of over 100 works on display. STQRY provides a novel, interactive way for visitors to actively engage with arts, culture, science, and other attractions in their area, and the WSCC is the first convention center to be featured on the app. Using STQRY on a mobile device, visitors can easily locate and explore sculpture, paintings, multimedia, and other works on display at WSCC. Other organizations participating with STQRY include many of WSCC’s art partners such artists, museums, galleries, corporations, foundations, private collectors and the government.

Streetscaping Along Washington State Convention Center Evokes Northwest Woodlands

As part of the Pike/Pine corridor renovation project, the Washington State Convention Center is beautifying the sidewalk along the Pike Street entrance to the building. The addition of high Cascade granite boulders and a vast selection of trees and plants, including Coast Redwood, Sword Fern, Azalea, Wood’s Rose, Wild Ginger, Sweet Woodruff, Trillium, Creeping Mahonia, and Fragrant Sweet Box, among others, are designed to create a stunning aesthetic as well as a safe walking path for pedestrians. A complete lighting upgrade along Pike and Eighth improves visibility for foot traffic. The large scale planters ringed with boulders coupled with giant coniferous trees and understory plants complement cascading granite pavers to evoke a walk in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.

CRUISE

Ethan Stowell Joins Holland America Cruise Line’s Culinary Council

Joining a group of six other world-renowned chefs, Ethan Stowell will contribute his culinary expertise to Holland America’s Alaska-bound cruises, adding unique flavors from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to the overall dining experience on board. Several dining venues will feature Stowell’s menu items, including New York Pizza, and the Distant Lands Italian Station in Lido Market. Stowell will also be designing an appetizer and main course that will be offered on the Culinary Council menu in the main dining room. Stowell brings years of experience and passion to this new partnership as the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restuarants in Seattle.

Media Contact: Sally Andrews, (800) 637-5029; pr@hollandamerica.com

Port of Seattle Has Biggest Cruise Season to Date

The Port of Seattle recorded 1,071,594 revenue passengers through its cruise terminals in 2017 and expects to surpass this in 2018. Each cruise vessel is estimated to bring in $2.7 million for the local economy, bringing total revenue to the region to over $500 million. The Port saw a nine percent increase in cruise passengers in 2017. Some 3,700 regional jobs are sustained by the local cruise industry. Seattle Homeport cruise lines in 2017 include Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

Media Contact: Peter McGraw, (206) 787-3446; mcgraw.p@portseattle.org

Norwegian Bliss Comes to Seattle Home Port, Norwegian Joy Joins Alaskan Cruise Fleet

Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, now offers seven-day Alaskan cruises from Seattle’s Pier 66 as of June 2, 2018. The Port of Seattle and NCL celebrated the inaugural sail to Alaska with a christening ceremony May 30. The 4,000-passenger Bliss is the largest cruise vessel on the West Coast and in NCL’s tradition of decorating ship hulls with signature art, the Bliss features art from noted wildlife artist Wyland.

In April 2019, Norwegian Joy will replace Norwegian Pearl as the line’s third ship in the region, offering seasonal seven-day voyages from Seattle to Alaska. After undergoing a $50 Million renovation, Norwegian Joy will accompany her sister ship Norwegian Bliss, the newest and most record-breaking ship in the fleet’s 51-year history. The renovations will make the Joy nearly identical to the Bliss in amenities and luxury with upgrades to entertainment and dining options, including a Starbucks® store.

Media Contact: Christine Da Silva, (305) 436-4713; PublicRelations@ncl.com

TRANSIT

Clipper Vacations Introduces Brand-New Vessel

Starting March 9, Clipper Vacations added a brand-new vessel to their schedule, the Victoria Clipper V, which replaced the retiring Victoria Clippers I and IV. This newest vessel can travel up to 36 knots, which will maintain a travel time of 2 hours and 45 minutes from Seattle to Victoria, and back. The vessel carries 440 passengers and offers both Economy and Comfort Class (a $20 USD upgrade per segment of travel). Comfort Class provides priority boarding, a private cabin, and complimentary coffee, tea, fruit and snacks. Also available onboard are gifts and duty-free shopping options, as well as food and beverages for purchase.

Media Contact: Scott Meis, (206) 443-2560; smeis@victoriaclipper.com

Seattle’s Light Rail System Expands

The University Link extension to Sound Transit’s Link light rail opened March 19, 2016. The 3.1-mile extension includes two new stations in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and at the University of Washington, near Husky Stadium. This project serves the three largest urban centers in the state of Washington – downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District – bypassing some of the region’s most congested traffic. Future planned routes with varying completion dates from 2021-2030 include Everett–Seattle–West Seattle; Redmond–Seattle–Mariner; Ballard–Seattle–Tacoma; and Issaquah–Bellevue–South Kirkland.

Riding Sound Transit’s Link light rail to Sea-Tac International Airport became easier than ever in September 2015. Sound Transit added more trains at peak travel hours to accommodate commuters and guests, with trains now arriving every six minutes between 6:00-8:30 a.m. and 3:00- 6:30 p.m. Trains will continue to arrive at stations approximately every 10 minutes most other hours.

 Media Contact: Bruce Gray, Sound Transit, (206) 398-5069; bruce.gray@soundtransit.org

AIR TRANSPORTATION

Cathay Pacific Announces Nonstop Flight Service from Seattle to Hong Kong

In April 2019, Cathay Pacific, one of Asia’s top international airlines, will be offering nonstop services from Seattle to Hong Kong out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). International flight offerings from Seattle are in extremely high demand due to the city’s ever-growing economy and its position as the closest gateway from the West Coast to European and Asian countries. Sea-Tac has worked to support this growth by adding ten new international airlines since 2016 and a new 450,00 square foot International Arrivals Facility which is expected to be completed by 2020. The nonstop flight service will be facilitated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft, a comfortable 325-passenger jetliner that offers three class configurations. Nonstop services from Cathay Pacific are expected to see flourishing traffic, forming stronger business and cultural connections than ever between these two major cities.

Media Contact: Peter McGraw, (206) 787-3446; mcgraw.p@portseattle.org

More Dining and Retail Options Coming to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

In February, the Port of Seattle announced that several new dining options will be added to their current offerings at Sea-Tac, including Floret by Café Flora and Qdoba. At least eight more options will be added throughout the year, including Starbucks Evenings, Rel’Lish Burger Lounge, Papa Woody’s, Stone House Café, Camdenfoodco., Le Grand Comptoir, Capitol Hill Food Hall, and Ballard Brew Hall. In 2019 and 2020, additional local brands will open their doors as well, with Skillet, Sunset Fried Chicken and Caffé D’arte joining the dining choices, and Filson and Elliot Bay Books contributing to additional retail selections. This growth is to support the North Satellite Modernization development project underway, and the new International Arrivals Facility.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Sea-Tac Airport, (206) 787-4923; cooper.p@portseattle.org

Delta Adds New Flights from Seattle to Vancouver, BC

Starting summer 2018 Delta Air Lines will add a new route from Seattle to Vancouver BC, this flight will be served daily by Boeing 737-800.

Thomas Cook Airlines to Launch Flights to Manchester

On May 27, 2018, Thomas Cook Airlines launched direct seasonal flights to Manchester from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The service operates twice a week, adding to the expanded Seattle flight offerings by sister airline, Condor, and a mileage plan deal with Alaska Air Group.

Air France to Service Nonstop Flight from Seattle to Paris

Starting March 25, 2018, Air France launched up to five weekly nonstop service flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new flight is in addition to the daily Paris flight as a joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

Aeromexico Now Offering Nonstop Flights to Mexico City

Beginning November 1, 2017, AeroMexico, an affiliate of Delta Air Lines, began operating daily nonstop flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Mexico City. These new flights are part of an evolving partnership between AeroMexico and Delta, introduced during a series of new services and expansion.

Port of Seattle Welcomes Norwegian service to London – Gatwick

In September 2017, Norwegian airline began service from London’s Gatwick International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new flight reflects the expansion of Norwegian to the United States as well as Sea-Tac’s continual international growth.

Eurowings to Offer Flights from Seattle to Cologne

In July 2017, Eurowings launched seasonal flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Cologne, Germany. Eurowings will fly three times a week from July until the end of October 2017, Seattle being one of Eurowings’ four U.S. destinations.

Delta Air Lines Launches Daily Service Between Seattle and Chicago 

As of June 2017, Delta Air Lines now operates three daily flights from Sea-Tac International Airport to Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The new service reflects the growth of Delta’s Pacific Northwest hub, which serves Seattle customers with more than 160 daily flight options to 50 global destinations this summer.

Condor to Offer New Munich Service

Condor Airlines inaugurated new service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Munich, Germany in July 2017. This adds to Condor’s service expansion from Sea-Tac, which recently extended existing Frankfurt service to year-round flights. Sea-Tac has become Condor’s largest U.S. gateway along with Las Vegas. The Seattle to Munich flights will be Sea-Tac’s only nonstop connection to Munich.

Virgin Atlantic to Launch New Nonstop Seattle Service

Virgin Atlantic Airways began nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and London-Heathrow March 26, 2017, replacing the existing service offered by its joint venture partner Delta Air Lines. The new service uses a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sees Record Growth

For the seventh straight year, passenger traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) increased in 2017. With a record-setting 46.9 million overall travelers, Sea-Tac passenger levels increased 41 percent in the last five years, up from 33.2 million passengers in 2012, according to the Port of Seattle. Sea-Tac is considered the ninth busiest airport in the U.S.

International traffic continues to grow at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, up 5.4 percent in 2017, which included a 17.1 percent increase in traffic to Europe. Four new international airlines were added in 2017: Virgin Atlantic to London-Heathrow, Norwegian to London-Gatwick, Eurowings to Cologne, and Aeromexico to Mexico City. Three more will be added in 2018: Air France to Paris, Thomas Cook to Manchester, and Aer Lingus to Dublin.

Seattle Airport Infrastructure Growth Continues

Airport projects over the next five years total $1.9 billion, including renovation and expansion of the north satellite, a new International Arrivals Facility, a new centralized, high-efficiency baggage system, and the reconstruction of the center runway (completed in December 2015). Airport officials are considering up to $10 billion on future facility upgrades as part of a Sustainable Airport Master Plan, including an estimated 35 additional gates.

A $636 million modernization of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s North Satellite will include eight new gates with a 240-foot extension of the building to the west, add an upper level mezzanine, more than double the existing dining and retail square footage and offer a rooftop Alaska Airlines lounge with views of the Olympic Mountains. Groundbreaking took place in the first quarter of 2017 with phase one to be completed in 2019 and the full facility upgrade opening in 2021. The project represents an unprecedented working arrangement between the Port of Seattle, which operates the airport, and Alaska Airlines, Sea-Tac’s largest airline and the sole tenant of the North Satellite.

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