About Seattle

Seattle is an exciting urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty of majestic mountains and water. Attendees love Seattle’s extremely walkable, compact downtown, vibrant neighborhoods, great shopping, award-winning restaurants and an abundance of arts and cultural institutions—all within steps of hotels and the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC). 


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax?
    15.6% plus $2 per room per night flat fee for hotels in downtown for the TIA (50 Participating Hotels)
  • How much is the F&B tax? 9.5%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 21%


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 12
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available?
    Link Light Rail takes visitors from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to downtown Seattle in 30 minutes and costs $2.75. The train also continues on to the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood and University of Washington.
  • How much does the public transportation cost?
    Link Light Rail – $2.75. King County Metro Busses are $2.50 during regular hours. Peak Hours, $2.75.
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown?
    The Downtown Airporter charges $19.50 for a walk-up and $16.50 for advance reservations. Click here for real-time information.
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown? $45 average, Rideshare trips (Uber, Lyft) typically cost between $20-40.
  • How many daily flights out of airport? 1,045
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    Click here for real-time information.


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 6,000
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 4,500
  • How many headquarter hotel properties2
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 1,000

Convention Center

  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center? 236,700 (WSCC & TCC)
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 105,700 (4DEF)
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center?
    123,761 (WSCC & TCC including ballrooms)
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have?
    78 (WSCC & TCC)
  • How big is the largest meeting room?
    8,366 (TCC 303-304) or 4,136 (TCC 303 or 304)
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have4
  • How big is the largest ballroom? 15,048 (6E) or 45,000 (6ABCE)
  • When was the last renovation or expansion?
    7/2010 expansion – The Conference Center opened – 2011-2012 renovation of WSCC main building
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled?
    Expected to break ground in 2018 for Washington State Convention Center – Additional Facility, just one block north of WSCC.

    • 149,660 sq.ft. heavy load exhibition space and 102,506 sq. ft. flex space two floors above
    • 107,450 sq.ft. of meeting space
    • 59,500 sq. ft. of ballroom space
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? Yes, in common areas
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? Yes – Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No – preferred provider is PSAV Presentation Services
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Yes – Aramark
  • Is the convention center a union property? No
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list? N/A
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center: N/A

Off Site Venues

  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? 8
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people?
    Another 7 Venues within a 10 minute bus transfer
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center?
    At least 50 or more
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and there whereabouts?
    • Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibition, Experience Music Project (Seattle Center Campus)
    • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) – Seattle Waterfront
    • The Great Wheel – Seattle Waterfront
    • Museum of Flight – 10 minute drive south of downtown Seattle, Boeing Field
    • Seattle Aquarium – 10 minute walk to the Seattle waterfront
    • Pike Place Market – 6 minute walk down Pike Street

Additional Resources

Meeting Planner Webpage and Video

Digital Meeting Planner Guide

Seattle Facts and Accolades

Visit Seattle

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