Seattle and Washington State at WTM 2018



Stand NA270, USA Pavilion


The Port of Seattle organises the Seattle and Washington State stand at World Travel Market and will be joined this year by delegates representing the Cascade Loop Association, the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle, Puget Sound Express whale watching experiences, Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, Visit Seattle and Visit Walla Walla, a popular wine growing destination.

On Tuesday afternoon from 4pm, the Port of Seattle, Visit Walla Walla and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew invite guests to a Washington Wine Tasting Reception on the stand.

Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle has had a successful year in the UK with a significant increase in direct non-stop flights from the UK and Ireland to Seattle and more cruises to Alaska.

Year to date in 2018 to the end of August, air travel between Seattle and Europe is up 29% on the same period in 2017.

Overall the British cruise market is strong and for 2018 will surpass two million for the first time. Alaska cruises out of Seattle are also strong with growth year on year. In 2015, 898,032 travelled between Seattle and Alaska, rising to 1,071,592 in 2017 and for 2018 the estimate is 1,100,600, on 216 ship calls. Major highlights in 2018 included the launch of the Norwegian Bliss, which sailed weekly from May.

The Port of Seattle’s UK and Ireland marketing initiatives educate and promote tourism experiences in Seattle and Washington State to the trade and media. Over 150 UK and Irish tour operators now feature Seattle/Washington State in their product portfolios, up over 30% since 2015.

Ron Peck, Director Tourism Development, Port of Seattle says; “The growth of our cruise industry and visitors from the UK and Ireland speak to our successful marketing and development campaigns and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. This month we launch an inflight Destination Guide to Seattle on board Virgin Atlantic. We have secured extensive earned media coverage including several TV features and through industry partnerships with cruise companies, airlines and tour operators, we have extended our consumer reach and profile.

“We supported the launch of the Norwegian Bliss cruise ship in Seattle and the inaugural Aer Lingus media programme. Seattle and Washington State were part of the Brand USA MegaFam, and we ran, or co-sponsored a range of promotions with key tour operators including Trailfinders, Barrhead, Princess Cruises and the Thomas Cook’s USA Everywhere campaign.”

“Thomas Cook Airlines has confirmed they will increase the number of weekly flights during the summer from two to three for 2019 and in 2019 more new cruise ships will sail from Seattle, including the Ovation of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International). The Norwegian Joy will also join the Norwegian Bliss sailing to Alaska from Seattle.

“The Port of Seattle looks forward to continued growth in the year ahead, and to continuing our work to raise the profile of cruise and stay experiences in Seattle and Washington State in the UK and Irish markets.”


Background on organisations that will join the Port of Seattle at this year’s World Travel Market Stand NA270:

 Cascade Loop Association

The Cascade Loop is Washington’s ultimate 440-mile road trip that starts and ends in Seattle. TourMappers has recently introduced additional hotels for their fly-drive tour of this Cascade region’s mountains, lakes and forests where adventure activities range from zip lining and white water rafting, to hiking, horse riding and whale watching.


Mayflower Park Hotel

Award winning “Best Historic” hotel, the Mayflower Park Hotel is situated in the centre of Seattle next to the Westlake Centre. It is deal for the quick and easy light rail link to the airport and the monorail to the Seattle Centre where major city attractions include the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and MoPOP. The Mayflower Park Hotel is also just a short walk from Pike Place market and in the heart of the downtown shopping district.

 Puget Sound Express

No visit to Seattle is complete without a whale-watching cruise to spot the resident Orca pods and the many visiting whales. Seattle’s half day, guaranteed whale watching tour cruises feature expert commentary and tracking systems to assist whale sightings.

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

Perfectly situated between urban attractions and natural wonders, Seattle Southside is a convenient, affordable and fun place to visit offering beaches, restaurants and shopping. It is just moments from the airport and has a wide selection of affordable hotels.

 Visit Seattle

Famed for its creative Pacific Northwest vibe, food and dramatic waterfront and mountain setting, find out about new sightseeing attractions, cultural heritage tours, events, shopping, hotels and festivals.

 Visit Walla Walla

Walla Walla is at the heart of wine growing in Washington State, second only to California for wine production in the USA. Visitors can visit award-wining wineries, world-class restaurants and enjoy a wide range of wine making and tasting experiences and events at the 120 wineries with 2,800 acres of grapes in the Walla Walla region. New hotels will be opening soon too, expanding the product offer for the region.

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