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SEATTLE – Tamara Thorhallsson joins Visit Seattle as the newest Tourism Manager in its Tourism Development department, effective February 3, 2016. In this role, Thorhallsson will be responsible for promoting Seattle as a world-class leisure destination, most specifically with the Japan market.
Thorhallsson comes to Visit Seattle with more than four years of experience within the trade and tourism development industry, most recently as Events and Programs Manager with Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Prior, Thorhallsson served as the Outbound Programs and Communications Coordinator at the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. Thorhallsson attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in International Studies.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tamara to the Tourism Development team,” said John Boesche, Director of Tourism Development at Visit Seattle. “Her extensive background in managing international relations and missions make her a strong asset to our efforts in the Japanese market.”
Seattle and Washington State continue to be popular destinations for overseas travelers and show strong growth potential. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport currently has 19 intercontinental nonstop services to six cities in Asia (Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo), five cities in Europe (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, and Reykjavik) and Dubai. Recent service additions include: 2015 – Hainan to Shanghai; 2014 – Delta to London, Seoul, and Hong Kong; 2013 – Delta to Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda; 2012 – Emirates to Dubai, ANA to Tokyo; 2011 – Condor to Frankfurt; 2010 – Delta to Beijing; 2009 – Icelandair to Reykjavik; and 2008 – Lufthansa to Frankfurt, Hainan to Beijing.
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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