• Yakima Welcomes New Staff

    POSTED August 18, 2022
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Adam Stewart joins Yakima Valley Tourism as communications and travel trade manager, and Michael Franson is the new sports development manager. Stewart will work with travel media and attend industry trade shows to further elevate Yakima and the Yakima Valley as a place to visit, do business, and live. Franson will be working with sporting organizations, the local hospitality community, and venues to bring sports tournaments and events to the Yakima Valley. Franson most recently worked for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and was previously employed at the University of Washington. 

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.” 


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