Career Opportunity

Director of Convention and Group Sales, Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau

The Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau seeks a seasoned, professional leader capable of creating and sustaining tourism industry and partner relationships; cultivating, nurturing and managing a productive and results-driven sales team; envisioning and managing effective strategic plans, programs and goals and management of all convention and group resources necessary to deliver sales results performance.

Candidates must have a working familiarity and experience in group and convention sales process, selling skills, policies and protocols required to successfully identify, solicit and close group/convention business plus managing sales staff.

For complete information on the position and application process visit

Washington State Tourism Summit

Due to recent budget cuts, the Washington State Tourism office within the Department of Commerce will no longer be funded, effective by the end of June. Although this can be considered a crisis, it can also be seen as an opportunity. Industry leaders and partners have been working hard on a transition plan for the immediate future.

We invite you to join us for a half-day tourism industry summit March 31 to talk about where things stand in developing a unified, statewide tourism strategy. We need your to help set the course for the future.

This summit is sponsored by the newly formed Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), a 501[c]6 established by industry stakeholders with the sole mission of sustaining destination tourism marketing for Washington State. Our plan is to procure and administer funds for statewide destination tourism marketing activities and create and implement a strategic statewide destination marketing plan. WTA is governed and overseen by the tourism industry and is not a state government organization.

The Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau has been actively involved in the process and we look forward to seeing you there.

Please come prepared to join the Washington Tourism Alliance because tourism matters to our state!


• Washington Lodging Association (WLA)
• Washington Destination Marketing Organizations Association (WSDMO)
• Puget Sound Attractions Council (PSAC)
• Washington Restaurant Association (WRA)
• Port of Seattle
• National Tour Association (NTA)
• Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA)
• Association of Washington Business (AWB)
• Many more organizations, businesses and supporters, hopefully including you!


March 31, 2011
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 am – 12:00pm Program


Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188

Anyone with a vested interest in a successful statewide tourism program.

Complimentary but pre-registration is required.


QUESTIONS? Washington Tourism Alliance

If you need overnight accommodations, please call Debbie at the Hilton Seattle Airport at 206 248-7150 and ask for the WTA rate.

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