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Fall 2014


SPORTS AND RECREATION

Golf’s U.S. Open Championship Comes to the Pacific Northwest for the First Time
In June 2014, Visit Seattle launched a web site featuring U.S. Open regional hotel accommodations and other critical travel information at www.visitseattle.org/usopen. Chambers Bay Golf Course, just outside of Tacoma, WA, will host the U.S. Open Championship, June 18-21, 2015. This is the first time that the U.S. Open - one of the four major championships of men's professional golf and the national championship of the United States Golf Association - has been hosted in the Pacific Northwest.  Chambers Bay, a traditional links style course, opened in 2007. It hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championships and has been acclaimed as the number-one golf course in Washington State by Golfweek magazine, number-one public golf course in Washington State by Golf Digest and is ranked number-27 of Top-50 golf courses of the Last 50 Years by GOLF magazine.

The U.S. Open has sold out for 28 consecutive years so early ticket purchases and lodging reservations are encouraged. Tickets and hotel accommodations can be booked on visitseattle.org/usopen. The U.S. Open championship week is expected to draw an estimated 235,000 attendees. Overflow hotel bookings are available in Seattle which is about an hour drive from University Place.

Media contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806; dblandford@visitseattle.org.


ATTRACTIONS & TOURS

Space Needle Launches New Digital Experiences for Visitors
Built for the 1962 Age of Space World’s Fair as a symbol of the future, the Seattle Space Needle continues its legacy of innovation and creativity by offering new digital and mobile experiences for visitors. At 520 feet above the city, visitors typically gaze over downtown Seattle and plan their next stop in town. With the new Space Needle mobile app and digital kiosks like the 520 Teleporter and touchscreen SkyPad, guests can transport to a different attraction in Seattle offering alternate views and learn more about key sights in town. The new kiosks can transport visitors onto the field with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field or climb aboard one of the famous houseboats on Lake Union. Guests can come away with more historical knowledge as well as digital photos personalized to their like. Additional elements of the new technology will continue to roll out over the coming months. Individual tickets to the Space Needle may be purchased or Seattle CityPass offers a booklet of attraction passes at a discounted price. Download the app at www.spaceneedle.com/app/.

Seattle Takes Ghost Hunting to New Lows
Bill Speidel Enterprises Inc., proprietor of Seattle’s popular Underground Tour, unveiled a tour in August 2014. The Underground Paranormal Experience takes ghost-hunting visitors below the streets of Seattle where hauntings have been reported. The 90-minute tour outfits its guests with electromagnetic field detectors and electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) recorders to provide the full effect.

Media Contact: Nicole Newbury, (206) 682-4646; www.undergroundtour.com.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Pompeii: The Exhibition Recreates Ancient History at Pacific Science Center
Pompeii: The Exhibition opens in Seattle at Pacific Science Center from Feb. 7 to May 25, 2015, for its final showing in the U.S. before returning to Italy. The exhibition tells the tale of Pompeii, the ancient Italian city destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, left largely forgotten until its rediscovery roughly 250 years ago. More than 150 artifacts from the city’s ruins are displayed, including currency, gladiator armaments, marble sculptures and even full body casts of the eruption’s victims.  An immersive CGI experience will recreate the city’s catastrophic destruction. Tickets go sale to the public November 17.
 
Media Contact: Katelyn Del Buco, (206) 269-5728.

Olympic Sculpture Park Debuts New Work
Echo (2011), a dramatic 46-foot-tall figurative sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was installed at the Olympic Sculpture Park in late May 2014. Plensa is one of the world's foremost sculptors working in the public space, with over 30 projects spanning the globe in such cities as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Tokyo, Toronto, and New York. The nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park is located in downtown Seattle, bordering Elliott Bay, and is operated by the Seattle Art Museum.

Media Contact: Cara Egan, (206) 748-9285; www.seattleartmuseum.org.

SAM Debuts Pop Departures
The Seattle Art Museum hosts Pop Departures, Oct. 9, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The exhibit showcases pop art of the 1950s and ‘60s from pioneering artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldernburg and others.  

Media Contact: Cara Egan, (206) 748-9285; www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Sea-Tac International Airport Expands Music Initiative
In March 2014, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) doubled the number of live musicians playing and number of hours throughout the terminal as part of the award-winning Sea-Tac Airport Experience the City of Music Program. The artist roster features 40 local musicians seven days a week over an eight hour period in up to three different locations throughout the terminal. The program is a private/public partnership between Sea-Tac Airport, the Seattle Music Commission, and PlayNetwork. The program includes overhead music in common areas, live artist performances in the terminal, artist- recorded overhead announcements, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network. In just the first year of the overall music program, the airport playlist has grown to 630 songs with 204 Northwest artists volunteering their time to tape overhead welcome, security and informational announcements including such diverse artists as Macklemore, Ben Gibbard, Ann Wilson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jerry Cantrell, Quincy Jones, Ludovic Morlot, Brandi Carlile, John Popper, Allen Stone and many more. Travelers can submit feedback or let the airport know what they are hearing by following @SeaTacAirport on Twitter and using #SEACityofMusic.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923; www.portseattle.org.


FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Visit Seattle Unveils Fresh, Local eCookbook on iTunes
In October 2013, Visit Seattle launched a free interactive eCookbook that highlights a range of talented chefs and signature Pacific Northwest cuisine. Fresh From Seattle features 26 recipes from 12 noteworthy contributing local chefs, including award winners such as Tom Douglas, Maria Hines and Thierry Rautureau. The 92-page eCookbook is a rich compilation of recipes, cooking and storage tips, color photos, food history, chef bios and more. Seattle chefs contributed original recipes, as well as personal restaurant favorites, that are designed to pique the culinary curiosity of the inspired home chef. In addition to Seattle celebrity chefs, the cookbook also features acclaimed hotel chefs. Fresh From Seattle is available at www.2daysinseattle.com/ebook, where it is downloadable as a PDF or you can link to Apple iTunes App Store for download. Both options are free of charge.

Media contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806; dblandford@visitseattle.org.

Tom Douglas Opens New Cooking School
Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas opened a new cooking school in July 14, 2014 inside Hotel Andrä in downtown Seattle. The "Hot Stove Society" offers a wide range of social and technical classes as well as team building opportunities and educational cocktail parties. The facility features a demonstration stage, audio visual equipment, and spacious hands-on work stations. Classes will be offered seven days a week. The curriculum includes social and technical classes that appeal to entry-level enthusiasts as well as sophisticated food devotees. Class prices range from $50-$200 per person, based upon whether they are demonstration only or full hands-on experience with a meal included. Instructors include chefs from Tom Douglas Restaurants as well as chefs and cookbook authors from across the U.S. The school also features a Swedish-themed bar and private dining room that seats up to 72 guests. Tom Douglas operates ten restaurants in Seattle.

Media contact: Pamela Hinckley, (206) 604-1442; www.tomdouglas.com.

Starbucks and Star Chef Join Forces
Seattle-based Starbucks plans to open a hybrid roastery/coffee shop this fall in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with all roasting viewable by visitors. The building, which is currently under construction, will also feature a Serious Pie restaurant, the highly successful franchise of Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas. The 50-seat pizza eatery that will incorporate coffee into its menu.

Media contact: Pamela Hinckley, (206) 604-1442; www.tomdouglas.com.

Taste Washington and Washington Wine Month Grow
Taste Washington, the nation's largest single-region wine and food event, takes place at CenturyLink Field Event Center on March 28 and 29. Sample some of the region's top wines and culinary creations and attend seminars led by top national wine personalities and sommeliers. Kick off Taste Washington weekend with the Annual Red & White Party on March 26 and keep the party going with special farm lunches and other planned festivities all weekend long. March is Washington Wine Month.

Media Contact: David Blandford, (206) 461-5806; www.tastewashington.org.

Washington State Incites a Cider Revolution
Hard cider is the fastest growing sector of the alcohol market with sales tripling since 2007, according to the Northwest Cider Association. The association includes more than 30 cider makers and 15 cideries, many of whom are apple growers as well as early adopters of premium cidermaking. Washington produces more apples than any other state in the U.S. and that, combined with a young but robust heritage of cider making explain why Washington State leads the U.S. in premium cider production. Current efforts are underway to help encourage more orchardists to plant cider apple varieties to supply the growing industry. Some top ciders in Washington include Tieton Cider Works, Finnriver Cidery and Seattle Cider Co. Increasingly, bars, restaurants, wineries and breweries are giving cider their own taps. And cider tasting rooms are springing open, including several in Seattle: Beveridge Place Pub; Full Throttle Bottles; 99 Bottles; The Noble Fir and the Sixgill; and Capitol Cider.

New Beer Tasting and Brewery Tours
Road Dog Tours presents the guided Seattle Brewery Tour which showcases the city’s craft beer industry and teaches guests about the craft brewing process while offering multiple samples. The tour departs three times daily and includes visits to some of the Seattle’s 20-plus craft and microbreweries. Tours pick up guests at one of two downtown Seattle locations and accommodate between two and 14 guests per tour. Private and corporate tours are also offered. Walk-up tours are also available for as few as one or two individuals as space allows.

Media Contact: Dustin Boast, (206) 249-9858; www.seattlebrewerytour.com.

Craft Distilleries and Related Tours Grow
Along with wineries and breweries, distilleries are now growing in the city and throughout western Washington. Passed in 2008, the Washington State Distillery Law now allows smaller distillers to operate with a craft distillery license, the first time since prohibition. The new law lowered craft distillers’ licensing fees from $2,000 to $100 and raised the amount of spirits a craft distillery can distill from 20,000 to 60,000 gallons annually. The new law also allows for on-site tasting, bottle sales and facility tours. Dozens of new distilleries are now operating and distill absinthe, whiskey, grappa, gin, rum and vodka. Distilleries are required to use 51 percent state-sourced ingredients.

Local Craft Tours’ Distillery Tour features three distillery visits and 12 spirit tastings, including award-winning vodkas and whiskeys. Local artisanal snacks and luxury transportation are provided. The newest tour, inaugurated in February 2014, is Downtown Brown, focusing on the Emerald City's craft whiskey and bourbon offerings and featuring three of Seattle’s hottest craft distilleries. Group tours are available.

Media contact: Tara Fuller, (206) 455-3740; www.localcrafttours.com.

Thierry Rautureau Opens New Downtown Restaurant
James Beard award-winning chef Thierry Rautureau opened Loulay Kitchen & Bar at 6th Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle in December 2013. Rautureau is a renowned French chef and current owner of Luc in Madison Valley and the late but legendary Rover’s.

Media contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806; dblandford@visitseattle.org.

Ethan Stowell Opens New High-End French-Inspired Bistro
Nationally acclaimed restaurateur Ethan Stowell opened Red Cow in early 2014 in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. The new, French-inspired restaurant will serve charcuterie, salads, appetizers, and entrées with specialties to included steak frites and a variety of cuts of beef and classic sauces. In early spring 2014, an intimate stand-alone space called Noyer will open off the patio at Red Cow with a tasting menu and lavish dining experience for 16 guests each evening. Stowell was named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2008, then chosen as a Best New Chef All-Star in 2013, and has been honored with multiple James Beard Award nominations for “Best Chef Northwest.” Ethan Stowell Restaurants includes Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Rione XIII, Bar Cotto, and mkt., as well as Ballard Pizza Company from Grubb Brothers Productions.  

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

Jason Stratton Opens New Italian-Style Downtown Restaurant
In September 2014, Seattle restaurateur Jason Stratton converted his noted Spanish-style restaurant to Italian. Vespolina replaces the original Aragona at 1st Avenue and Union Street, directly across from the Four Seasons Seattle Hotel. Vespolina’s Chef de cuisine is Carrie Mashaney, a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef series in New Orleans and veteran of Straton’s other restaurants. Stratton also owns Spinasse and the adjoining Artusi in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2010.

Media Contact: Lissa Gruman, 425 445 5332, getresults3@gruman-nicoll.com.

Matt Dillon Opens Two New Establishments in Pioneer Square
Matt Dillon, 2012 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest, opened Bar Sajor in summer 2013 in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. He opened London Plane, a wine bar, just steps away in October 2013. Dillon is also acclaimed for his other Seattle restaurants, The Corson Building and Sitka & Spruce.

Miller’s Guild Opens at Hotel Max
Miller’s Guild, which opened in December 2013, features wood-fired cooking from James Beard award-winning chef Jason Wilson. Located at the Hotel Max on 7th Avenue and Stewart in downtown Seattle, food items are cooked on a nine-foot long, custom-made, wood-fired Grillworks Infierno™ Grill.

Hotel Max Media Contact: Kate Buska, (503)-548-9399; kate@provenancehotels.com.
Miller’s Guild Media Contact: Heather Jensvold, (206) 931-4580; heather@evadopr.com.


Woodinville Adds Whiskey to Wine
One of the biggest distilleries in Washington State, Woodinville Whiskey Co., opened a neighboring “new American road-style tavern” in Woodinville, just east of Seattle, in 2013. The Hollywood Tavern was reincarnated from the original by the same name, a local institution since 1947. The new Hollywood Tavern is headed by Skillet Streetfood and Skillet Diner founder Joshua Henderson. The kitchen is run by Chef Angie Roberts, previously at Hotel 1000’s Boka Restaurant + Bar. The town of Woodinville is home to more than more than 100 wineries and  tasting rooms and is known as a gateway to Washington wine.


HOTELS

Kimpton Plans New Downtown Seattle Hotel
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced plans for a new four-star hotel in downtown Seattle. An adaptive reuse of the landmark Palladian Building, originally built in 1910 as the Calhoun Hotel, will feature a new 97-room property with 1,100 square feet of meeting and event space, a restaurant and a lounge – all with an “edgy urban vibe.” The new hotel is expected to open in 2015 just steps away from Pike Place Market. Designer Nicole Hollis will oversee the project. This will be Kimpton’s fourth Seattle property, joining the existing Hotel Monaco, Hotel Vintage and the Alexis Hotel.

Media Contact: Brandyn Hull, (206) 340-6678; brandyn.hull@kimptonhotels.com.

Hotel Vintage Un-Corks a Dramatic Renovation
In March 2014, Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage Park transformed into the Hotel Vintage with a multi-million dollar renovation wine-themed redesign. Each of the 125 newly re-imagined guest rooms are named for a Washington winery; the hotel partnered with 12 of the leading Washington State wineries to spotlight their prominence by featuring their wines in each respective dedicated guest room and on the in-room dining menu. Each of the 12 partner wineries pour at the hotel’s nightly wine hour at least twice a year. Quotes about wine from notable people decorate the walls of the hotel and more than 88,000 recycled wine corks in a variety of colors make up one-of-a-kind cork board art behind each guestroom bed. Partner wineries include Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, DeLille Cellars, Dunham Cellars, Kestrel, L’Ecole, Long Shadows, Pepper Bridge, Sparkman Cellars, VaPiano, Waters Winery, and Woodhouse Wine Estates.  

Media Contact: Brandyn Hull, (206) 340-6678; brandyn.hull@kimptonhotels.com.

Potala Tower Announced in Belltown
Path America, an EB-5 Regional Center, in conjunction with Dargey Development, plans a $190 million property called the Potala Tower Seattle (named after Potala Palace in Tibet). Located in the downtown neighborhood of Belltown, the 577,000-square-foot multi-use property include a 142-room Hotel Indigo, the branded boutique concept from InterContinental Hotels Group. The project will also include 342 residential apartments, mezzanine, restaurant and wine bar and more.

Media Contact: Jason Hamilton, Richmond Public Relations, 206-682-6979.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Earns Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Rating
Forbes Travel Guide named the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle as the only hotel in Washington State to receive its prestigious Five-Star rating for service and facility. The Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. This 55th Star Rating list now includes 83 Five-Star hotels, 32 Five-Star restaurants and 38 Five-Star spas, plus 264 Four-Star hotels, 154 Four-Star restaurants and 147 Four-Star spas. There are currently four four-star hotels in Washington State. In Seattle, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel; Hotel 1000; and Pan Pacific Seattle have achieved four-star status, as has Tacoma’s Hotel Murano.

Media contact: Meg Paynor, (206) 913-3848; meg@paynorpr.com.

Seattle’s Largest Hotel Announced
Seattle developer R.C. Hedreen Co. announced plans to build Seattle’s largest hotel two blocks north of the Washington State Convention Center. The Ninth & Stewart project will be the largest convention hotel north of San Francisco and one of the largest on the Pacific Coast when it opens in early 2017. The 43-story building will include 1,500 hotel guest rooms and 150,000 square feet of meeting space. Design concepts and a hotel operator has yet to be selected.

Media Contact: David Blandford, Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5806.

Hyatt House, a New Development Near Space Needle in the Works
Construction began in Spring 2013 on a new Hyatt property in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. Designed by Johnson Braund Design Group, the project is expected to be complete in Winter 2015 and will consist of an 8-story hotel on the streets surrounding the Seattle Center campus. This project is the second Seattle Hyatt development led by Kauri Investments Ltd. in the last three years, with the Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown opening in June 2010.

Media Contact: Kauri Investments; (206) 447-0303, www.kauri.com.

Style, Luxury and Service (SLS) to Open in Seattle
Ground is broken for the new SLS Four Star hotel on Fifth Avenue and Columbia St. will be part of a new 660-foot skyscraper in downtown Seattle. The 43-story tower is scheduled to open in Summer 2016 with a 15-story hotel consisting of 184 rooms. The hotel will have a full luxury spa with a pool, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a 5,000 square-foot ballroom, a sky lounge, restaurants and fitness center.

Seattle’s Red Lion Hotel Re-brands as Motif Seattle
Destination Hotels & Resorts announced its newest property in June – the former Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle. The city’s largest independently branded hotel features a cosmopolitan theme and recently completed a $25 million renovation that increased meeting space by 50 percent and added 22 additional guestrooms.

Media Contact: Heather Fernandez, (206) 343-1543; www.motifseattle.com.

Seattle Marriott Bellevue Opens This Fall
The first full-service hotel in downtown Bellevue (just east of Seattle) will open in October 2014. The Seattle Marriott Hotel Bellevue will offer 384 guestrooms, 21,000 square feet of event space that includes a 6,200-foot ballroom and 17 meeting rooms.

Media Contact: Joe Shingler, (267) 709-2533.

Developers Continue Phase Two of Stadium Place Hotel Complex
Developers Daniels Real Estate Co. and American Life team up to build the second phase of Stadium Place, the grand hotel complex just north of CenturyLink and near the transportation hub King Street station. The new facilities aim to revitalize and redevelop the historic Pioneer Square. The complex will include a 23-story hotel, apartment towers, office space, 16,000 square feet of shops and restaurants and health club when completed. The Stadium Place hotel will have 278 total suites and is scheduled to open in 2015.

Media Contact: Daniels Development; (206) 382-4600, info@danielsre.com.

Hotel Ballard Opens
Hotel Ballard, a four-star luxury property, opened in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in May 2013 with 29 guest rooms and suites. The boutique hotel is located on Ballard Avenue, one of the city’s burgeoning shopping, dining and entertainment meccas for visitors and locals alike.  The four-story hotel was designed by Seattle architects Gordon Lagerquist and Gene Morris and its modern stucco, sandstone and wood panels provide a modern contrast to neighboring architecture. Guest rooms were designed by Mike Skidmore Architect, and pay subtle homage to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian heritage. The hotel features a street-level restaurant, called Stoneburner, and a rooftop pavilion with panoramic views of the city and the Olympic Mountains, where guests can enjoy outdoor fire pits.

Media Contacts: Carilyn Platt for Hotel Ballard, (206) 618-2033; www.hotelballardseattle.com; Kirsten Graham for Stoneburner, (206) 890-3435.


CONVENTION NEWS

Washington State Convention Center Refurbishment
The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) nears completion of a $20 million refurbishment of its downtown Seattle facility. The updates will be completed in multiple phases throughout 2014, concluding with updates to ceilings, lighting public spaces and the facility’s exterior. The largest portion of work has and will continue to be scheduled during times with the least impact on events. Lobbies and pre-function spaces throughout the WSCC have recently been fitted with wood and leather couches, benches and arm chairs and installed two fireplaces to create an inviting environment for visitors. Way finding will be enhanced with new digital meeting room signage and completely redesigned directional signage. Many pieces of local art on display work to establish a strong sense of place that is tied to the Pacific Northwest.

Media contact: Marsha Engelsberg; 206-694-5145; Marsha.Engelsberg@wscc.com;
www.wscc.com.


Convention Center (WSCC) Plans Sister Facility
During 2014, the WSCC will continue to undertake extensive feasibility studies and work on an environmental impact study for a new convention facility at the King County-owned Metro Transit station, one block from the existing WSCC facility. This site, augmented by certain adjacent properties, could yield a “sister” facility to the existing WSCC - one large enough to successfully attract the size of national conventions that want to come to Seattle. The overall development is currently envisioned with heavy-load exhibition space, meeting rooms, ballrooms, freight loading and support space, as well as certain transit operations, retail, and private co-development. If the signs remain positive, construction could start in early 2017.

Media contact: Marsha Engelsberg; 206-694-5145; Marsha.Engelsberg@wscc.com;
www.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.

Media contact: Marsha Engelsberg; 206-694-5145; Marsha.Engelsberg@wscc.com;
www.wscc.com.


AIR TRANSPORTATION

Delta Air Lines Offers Nonstop Service from Hong Kong and Seoul to Seattle
Delta Airlines began daily nonstop service between Seattle and Hong Kong on June 16, 2014 and Seoul on June 2, 2014. The routes are the thirteenth and fourteenth additions, respectively, in new international routes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport since 2007.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923; www.portseattle.org.

New Delta Service from Tokyo-Haneda and Shanghai
In June 2013, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport welcomed two additional international services from Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda through a continuing partnership between Delta and Alaska Airlines. In addition to these new flights, Sea-Tac has added other international flights, including service to Paris, Frankfurt, Beijing, Reykjavik, Dubai and Tokyo.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923; www.portseattle.org.

New Heathrow-Seattle Service with new Delta-Virgin Venture, March 2014
Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. began new nonstop service between Seattle and London-Heathrow, March 29, 2014.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923; www.portseattle.org.

Emirates Airlines Add Flights to Seattle
The Dubai-based airline, Emirates Air now connects Seattle to a new region of the world. Daily, nonstop flights began March 1, 2012 between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923; www.portseattle.org.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Begins Non-stop Service to Seattle
All Nippon Airways (ANA) inaugurated nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in July 2012.

Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923; www.portseattle.org.

Kenmore Air Connects Seattle with Nanaimo
Seattle-based Kenmore Air inaugurated daily nonstop service between Seattle and Nanaimo, B.C. on March 3, 2014. The Kenmore Air Express service operates from Seattle’s Boeing Field, just south of downtown Seattle. Flights depart Seattle daily at 11:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Flights depart Nanaimo daily at 6:45 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Flight time is one hour.

Media contact: Craig O’Neill, (425) 482-2212, www.KenmoreAir.com.
    
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Media contacts:
David Blandford; (206) 461-5806, dblandford@visitseattle.org
Heather Bryant; (206) 461-5805, hbryant@visitseattle.org

Updated 9/14