One of the things destination organizations like ours do is attract and host industry related conventions. These events expose our attractions and services to professionals who, in turn, could bring their business to town.
Last week we hosted 140 state meeting professionals and associates at the annual convention of the Washington State Association of Executives (WSAE). This group is made of executives and staff who stage meetings, trainings and conventions for their industry associations. It was the 50th anniversary of WSAE and they were celebrating “50 Years of Bold”. With that in mind, our community team put in a bold effort to shine! Many attendees told us it was the best conference they’ve attended. We close with this quote from their Executive Director:
“Compliments to our many hosts; Yakima Valley Tourism, The Yakima Convention Center, Centerplate, Hackett Ranch & Gilbert Cellars Winery, Treveri Cellars and Apple Tree Golf Course, whose teams provided a dream experience for everyone. The conference attracted members from all corners of the state along with 15 past presidents. The food was gourmet, and the people we met were priceless. Yakima provided fantastic spaces for us to gather, learn and share, which is so important to our association community. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this successful and most memorable conference experience.”
Brit Kramer, CAE