Last year, Sister Cities International celebrated its 60th anniversary. The organization was founded as a result of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s People-to-People program. Eisenhower believed that cultural exchanges, youth programs, sharing arts and culture, and exchanging business ideas and research and development projects could foster bonds between people of different communities. Here in the Northwest, each of our major cities has a number of sister cities. Seattle, for example, has 21, while Portland, Oregon, has nine (and one friendship city).
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How much time do you spend making sure your meeting is as inclusive as possible? Do you think about diversity when you’re forming your planning committee? Your list of speakers? The vendors you use? If not, diversity experts say you may be missing out.
Consciously and proactively embracing diversity—and not just in terms of race, but also gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability status—doesn’t just attract more attendees. It also makes for a richer, more enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone.
RECOGNIZING IMPLICIT BIAS
Located on Canada's picturesque Pacific Coast, Richmond, British Columbia, has an appealing mix of seaside beauty and modern urban amenities.
“Richmond, B.C., is your ideal West Coast destination for meetings and conferences,” says Deidre DeVico, director of sales for Tourism Richmond. “Our vibrant and culturally diverse community offers attendees a taste of something truly different.”
The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out.
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Wing Luke Museum
The Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have awarded its Level 4 certification—the highest possible accreditation—to the Vancouver Convention Centre. Venues that demonstrate high standards for environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences are awarded Level 4 certification. Vancouver Convention Centre’s commitment to environmental sustainability helped it become the first facility in Canada to receive this level of certification.
Another change to Seattle’s skyline is on the horizon: The 45-story Hyatt Regency Seattle is under construction in the city’s Denny Triangle neighborhood. It’s set to be the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest, with 1,260 guest rooms and 103,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Scheduled to open in late summer/early fall 2018, the hotel will be located at 8th and 9th Avenue between Stewart and Howell streets.
Magnolia Hotel & Spa's lobby renovations are officially complete.
Victoria-based design Sandy Nygaard worked to bring a timeless design to create a classic yet contemporary space for guests. The design includes detailed drapery, carpet and furnishings.
“The lobby is our living room,” says Bill Lewis, general manager. “We want guests to feel at home here, whether reading by the fire, working on their laptops or sitting back to sip a tea or coffee. This makeover will make it even more inviting.”
It’s a dilemma event planners have been facing since the advent of destination meetings: how to schedule a conference or workshop in a city that offers enough activities that people will want to visit, yet still keep them focused on the event they came to attend in the first place. With the distractingly large amount of enticing activities and natural beauty Spokane offers, it’s unlikely that question will be answered any time soon.
The live-action, escape room adventure, Puzzle Break, opened its newest location earlier this year at 2124 Second Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. The 6,000-square-foot venue is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
In the 1990s, Twin Peaks was one of the most talked-about television series. Set in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington, many of the series’ exterior shots were filmed in the very real and very charming communities of Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City. As a toast to the upcoming rebirth of the series on Showtime, we suggest trying Salish Lodge & Spa’s Dale Cooper, named for the show’s character played by Washington native Kyle MacLachlan.