Virgin Atlantic is flying a new daily service between London Heathrow and Seattle replacing the flight currently operated by joint venture partner Delta Air Lines. The new service is operated by the airline’s newest, most fuel efficient aircraft, the Boeing 787-9, and will add more than 40,000 extra seats each year between the two cities.
Breaking all Seattle records, almost 960,000 visitors will join 203 cruise ships this summer to sail from Seattle in Washington State to Alaska, making Seattle the USA’s capital for these cruise experiences. The cruise industry to Alaska started in 1999 with just six sailings and has now has grown into a business valued at over £300 million with 11 premium vessels to choose from this year.
The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Boeing are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. Sea-Tac is the first United States airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure in a cost-effective, efficient manner.
Expedia has selected architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to design its new 40-acre waterfront campus in Seattle. Expedia plans to relocate to the new campus in the City of Seattle from its current location in downtown Bellevue by 2018. Expedia’s future campus is ideally situated at the north end of Seattle’s waterfront, which is in the midst of a billion dollar redevelopment and re-emergence as a world-class park, and located just minutes from downtown Seattle and along the Elliott Bay shoreline.
Hotel Max, located at 620 Stewart Street in Downtown Seattle, has partnered with Sub Pop Records, the city’s influential record label, to upgrade the rooms on the fifth floor of the hotel. Furthermore, the hotel will support the Experience Music Project’s new ‘Women Who Rock’ exhibition, by offering a unique ‘I Love Rock n’ Roll’ getaway package.
Port commissioner John Creighton has led a delegation of nine representatives from the Port of Seattle, Seattle’s Conventions & Visitors Bureau and private sector companies to London. The tourism industry in Washington State has pulled together to form an industry-led and industry-funded tourism promotion programme, separate from state government, called Washington Tourism Alliance.
Seattle — The music’s good, the coffee’s fine, and the natural beauty is stunning — all great incentives for visiting Seattle. If you need a little more encouragement before you pack your bags, however, we’ve got six additional reasons why a trip to the Emerald City makes for a perfect spring getaway.