• Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

     
    POSTED November 11, 2016
     

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

As a part of this recognition, Kalfell will attend the 2017 PCMA’s Convening Leaders event in Austin, Texas, and the 2017 Education Conference in New York. She will also partner with an industry leader who will serve as a mentor.

Kalfell joined Visit Seattle as a conference service coordinator in January 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in sport management from the Rocky Mountain College and a master’s of sport administration and leadership from Seattle University.

“Tessa brings a tremendous insight and spirit to her role as convention services manager,” says Katy Willis, director, convention services, Visit Seattle. “We are so fortunate to have her as a member of our team that goes above and beyond to ensure our customers’ needs and expectations are met every step of the way. We couldn’t be more proud of Tessa’s achievement.”

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which Condé Nast Traveler named “best resort in Canada” in its 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards, doesn’t rest on its laurels. The property, with 32,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the capacity to host a conference for 1,500, has news of upgrades and new amenities to share with meeting planners.  

 

How are we doing? Pretty good. That was the bottom-line assessment that was shared with the nearly 600 tourism and professionals who attended Visit Seattle’s Annual Outlook Meeting at the Westin Seattle on March 31.

Some highlights from the 2021 study showed:

 

A big part of what imbues a destination with a sense of place and makes it memorable are its small locally owned businesses.  A new partnership between Visit Seattle and Seattle Bank is designed to support these businesses and bring tourism revenue to Seattle’s emerging neighborhoods. The inaugural grant program will invest in 20 local businesses, focusing on establishments owned by women, people of color and LGBTQ+ community members in the easily accessible Central District and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods.