Following a nationwide search, Visit Seattle and the board of directors have announced that Tammy Blount-Canavan, FCDME (Fellow Certified Destination Marketing Executive) will serve as its president and CEO. She will be Visit Seattle’s first female chief, replacing longtime leader Tom Norwalk, who retired earlier this spring.

Blount-Canavan’s leadership history spans two countries and three decades, beginning in the hotel industry in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and continuing to a recent role as president and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Monterey, California. She has strong ties to the Puget Sound area, having served as president and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau from 2008 to 2012.

“I am honored to serve as Visit Seattle’s first female president and CEO,” says Blount-Canavan. “This city has been close to my heart for as long as I can remember. I love Seattle’s beauty, authenticity, and culture—the city’s potential is limitless. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this great city’s leadership.”

During Blount-Caravan’s time at Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, she worked to establish the Washington Tourism Alliance, now State of Washington Tourism.

Andersen to focus on convention strategy

In other news, Peter Andersen has joined Visit Seattle as senior director, convention strategy.  In this position, Andersen will act as a revenue manager for all business generated by both the Visit Seattle sales team and the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC). 

“We are excited to welcome Peter to our team,” says Kelly Saling, senior vice president and chief sales officer at Visit Seattle. “Peter has a thorough understanding of the Seattle hotel market accompanying his executive knowledge of revenue management. He will play a vital role in Seattle’s tourism recovery this year and beyond.”

Amig also joins Visit Seattle

Another recent hire is Kelly Amig, who joined Visit Seattle as national account director, Midwest. In this role, Amig will be responsible for promoting and selling Seattle and the region as a convention and meeting destination for associations and corporations. 

The average event-goer spends long days sitting in meetings or professional development sessions, followed by an hour or two of standing and sipping cocktails. But holding your next big event at a spa resort opens a realm of possibilities for wellness breaks. Moving the action from the boardroom to the steam room can improve morale by combining business with pleasure—while also boosting attendees’ health. 

 

 Seattle is young and ever evolving, a dynamic city where newness is an integral part of the culture. And it has a long, proud history of hospitality.

In the early 1850s, Chief Seattle welcomed strangers to the banks of Puget Sound. Because of his kindness, they named their new settlement on Elliott Bay after him. “Seattle is a new city with an ancient culture,” notes Ken Workman, Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson. “It’s less than two grandmas old, as we like to say.” 

 

Many see Portland as a progressive city. No event venues are likely more in line with that world view than the two run by Ecotrust Events. Ecotrust, the events branch’s overarching nonprofit, leads a staggering number of social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental programs, from supporting Native American land rights to building intergenerational wealth for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals. What does this have to do with hosting a corporate meeting? Everything.