Born in Ketchikan, Patti Mackey spent her childhood on Bainbridge Island and theSeattle area before returning to her hometown as an adult. “I was visiting my grandparents and ended up meeting a handsome fisherman,” says the fifth-generation Alaskan and Ketchikan Visitors Bureau CEO. “I moved back to Ketchikan and married him!” Located on Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan offers a number of activities for locals and visitors alike, including fishing, beachcombing and camping.
Resting along the banks of Oregon's Willamette River, Salem is centrally located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Boasting an urban vibe complemented by a friendly, small-town charm and historic setting, “Salem is easy to get to and easy to get around once you are here,” states Debbie McCune, director of sales for Travel Salem. Oregon’s capital city off ers a wealth of spaces for meetings, conferences and events.
Where to Meet
The Pocono Mountain’s true colors shine this time of year. Fall color flows through the region, and for many, this is a popular time for a scenic drive.
TreeTop Flyer Scenic Chairlift
The Civil War may be the first thing that comes to one’s mind when thinking of Gettysburg, but a close second should be the food offerings available to the nearly 3.7 million visitors and thousands of meeting and conference attendees each year.
Few places in hte country rival the Pacific Northwest’s beauty, and one of its most stunning locales is Washington’s Wenatchee Valley. Nestled in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, this picturesque area—known as the “Apple Capital of the World”—features an abundance of outdoor adventures and versatile spaces for meetings, conferences and conventions.
Getting Down to Business
Both of our region’s Vancouvers are making headlines.
Our Vancouver to the north in B.C. was named the top destination for international meetings in a report published by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Cities were ranked according to the number of international meetings they hosted in the previous year. In 2014, Vancouver played host to 60 international meetings—more than any other city in North America.
Nestled on the banks of Payette Lake, McCall, Idaho, is a small town with big opportunities for destination meetings and events. “It’s a fabulous place if you’re coming to do a little work and play,” says McKenzie Christensen, director of marketing for the McCall Chamber of Commerce. “It really exudes small-town charm.”
Spokane is no meetings and events newbie. Situated along the Spokane River in eastern Washington, this Northwest gem became the smallest city to host the World’s Fair in 1974. Expo '74, as it was called, was the first fair centered around environmental issues with a theme of “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment.” Approximately 5.6 million people attended the fair, and its legacy was an urban renewal that balanced Spokane’s natural beauty with its downtown core.
One part adventure, one part 21st-century convenience and one part pure enchantment, Anchorage, Alaska, is hands down a 100-percent remarkable destination for meetings and events.
“Anchorage is a modern city with all the facilities and amenities that meeting planners are looking for,” says Julie Dodds, convention sales director for Visit Anchorage. “Combine those comforts with Anchorage’s wilderness setting, and delegates will find all the nature, beauty and magic of Alaska just steps from their hotel door.”
NATURE IS BIG ON THE CENTRAL OREGON COAST. From the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North Americato the biggest sea cave in the country, the Lane County coastline boasts awe-inspiring sights millions of years in the making,as well as thoroughly modern ways to enjoy them. Event and conference planners looking for a location that offers somethingfor the most sedate to the most outrageously adventurous guests will find everything they need right here.