Seattle is Pretty Cool
August 6 - A new study by Forbes magazine, in partnership with Sterling’s Best Places, ranked Seattle the second coolest city (following Washington, D.C.). the nation’s 60 largest metropolitan areas on factors such as “foodie culture,” recreation, entertainment, diversity and demographics.
Six Seattle Area Hotels Listed on T+L World’s Best Awards
July 17 - Readers of Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine named six Seattle area hotels to the 19th annual World’s Best Awards survey. The annual poll ranks hotels, destinations, cruises, spas and travel companies. Among the list this year areThe Inn at the Market, The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Hotel 1000, Willows Lodge and the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club and Spa.
Seattle Sweeps at Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards
July 13 - Twenty-two Seattle restaurants are among the 3,500 worldwide winners of Wine Spectator's 2014 Restaurant Awards. The annual awards highlight restaurants with the best wine selections.
Seattle Launches LGBTQ Wedding Sweepstakes
June 18 - Couples across the nation are being offered the opportunity to be married by Seattle's first openly gay mayor, Ed Murray, in a sweepstakes to promote Seattle as an LGBTQ marriage destination. Four winning couples will receive wedding packages that include air transportation, hotel accommodations, wedding ceremony and reception, photography, champagne and more.
Seattle Ranks as Friendliest LGBT City
June 1 - Personal finance website NerdWallet ranks Seattle first on a list of 20 LGBT-friendly cities. The ranking was based on each city’s gay community presence, LGBT-friendly laws and safety and security. Seattle aced all three categories. San Francisco placed second.
Seattle Hotels Place High in Customer Satisfaction
June 2 - According to a new survey from TravelMag.com, overnight visitors to Seattle are among the best rated in the U.S. according to customer reviews at hotels in 30 cities during the preceding year. Overall, Seattle hotels ranked third best in the U.S. Only Philadelphia and Portland performed slightly better than Seattle.
Delta Begins New Seattle-Seoul Air Service
June 2 - Delta Air Lines inaugurated Seattle’s newest international air service today with daily nonstop flights between Seoul and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In 2013, Sea-Tac saw international passenger traffic increase by 10 percent over the previous year.
Red Lion Seattle Transforms to Motif Seattle
June 3 - Destination Hotels & Resorts, a leading collection of hotels and resorts, announced its newest property, Motif Seattle. The former Red Lion property becomes the largest independent hotel located in downtown Seattle and the revitalized brand and chic renovation is inspired by Seattle’s uniquely progressive culture.