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Summit 2014! 13th Annual MPI-PCMA Meetings Industry Summit 

The 13th Annual MPI-PCMA Meetings Industry Summit is THE must-attend event for over 300 meeting professionals from throughout the Northwest.

Join MPI-PCMA September 17th, 2014 for an opportunity to accelerate your event-edge.  Your event-edge is the knowledge and skills to take an event and its metrics to the next level.  Take your professionalism one step further with their opening keynote that will bring suppliers and planners together to start getting to the heart of our relationships and discover how to get what we need from each other better and faster.  Then dive into relevant technology and industry discussions that are not your everyday panel or round table sessions. 

The day will wrap up with a reminder on how to take these revelations to our stakeholders to bring about event change for their business and ours and give you time to rev up your networking with industry professionals to move those relationships and your business into high gear.

From buzz-worthy keynote speakers Shawna Suckow, CMP, and Ty Bennett, who will set the stage for building more planner-supplier collaboration and influence, so we can all team up faster and more effectively, to relevant content and highly useable tools that give you a professional edge, this event offers fresh, high-energy ways to connect with one another—before, during and after the Summit with opportunities to share session feedback-even as programming happens which translates to content that will be the most meaningful to you.  During the Summit, they won’t just talk about engagement, technology and trends—they’ll embrace and experience them in real time. 


Get skills & insights to sharpen your EventEdge!

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

Time: 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)

The Washington State Conference Center, Level 3, Eighth Avenue at Pike Street, Seattle
To Register, see Timelines, Rates, Lodging and Sponsors visit:


ISES Seattle September Dinner Meeting Presents... 

Come join us and experience some of the most talented entertainers that may fit the bill for your next special event. At ISES Live, we learned that “experiences are the currency of today.” Adding value to your events with specialized games, activities and performances are some of the hottest additions to planning budgets.  This meeting will look at fresh new ways to entertain your guests and is a meeting that will offer “Hot Entertainment for your Holiday Events”!

Visit for more details on the evening’s events starting with the welcome reception at 6pm with rotating entertainment and performances in the Grand Lobby by Balloon Designers, Clowns UnlimitedThe Dream Detective, Giffy, Interplay!, Lucky Lady Interactive Events, Nickolai PirakRead My Lips, The Shanghai Pearl, Susan Haas, Tango 42-a division of Magnus Media Group, They Go Pop! and Touch 88 Services.

ISES On Stage-September Dinner Meeting
When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time:  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: McCaw Hall at Seattle Center; 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets HERE.
Bonus: Register by Wednesday, September 10, 2014
for a $10 per ticket discount


ISES Live - Don't Forget!!



Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing everyone out there a happy and safe holiday weekend! See you all next week!



Photo by Tom Dempsey


Arrangements for Accommodations

 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): This law passed in 1991 requires public buildings (convention centers, hotels, restaurants, etc.) to meet minimum standards making their facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities. It is the planner's responsibility to find out what auxiliary aids are available in the facilities they use. Although it may not be readily apparent, nearly every group has at least one person with a disability. Ensuring barrier-free accommodations for disabled people goes beyond inspecting for wheelchair ramps. Keep other attendees with needs in mind, such as hearing and visually impaired guests and people with special dietary needs (insulin dependent diabetics may need refrigerators in their rooms).


Room Rates: Rates are available in several categories. Be sure to know which ones you qualify for: commercial rates, corporate rates, or government rates. Rack rates are common rates that hotels provide. Rack rate is the facility's standard, pre-established guest room rate and is never considered or accepted by groups.

What determines group rates? Group rates are determined by group size. Definition of the group size might vary, or other factors may affect the rate you receive. Rates for sleeping rooms are determined in several ways:


  • Time of year: "Peak" season, hotels can demand higher rates. Off-season rates are usually your best buy.

  • Number of rooms required: Groups with large numbers are in a better position to negotiate lower room rates.

  • Arrival and departure patterns: Business hotels tend to have high occupancy mid-week and lower occupancy over the weekend. The opposite is true at resorts.

  • Future business: If you are, or may be, a repeat customer, you may get more favorable rates.

  • Be prepared with group history: If the meeting was held at the same place in years past, be sure to know the history and past negotiations. You will be able to negotiate better knowing your previous room block, pickup rate of rooms, and dollars generated by the hotel.

Last minute bookings: Be flexible with the details of the meeting or event to negotiate the best rates. You may not be able to get everything you need, but by changing the starting or ending time of your meeting to accommodate another meeting, you may receive a greater concession on rental fees. Also, the hotels are anxious to fill up any last-minute open space.

Off-season can offer great benefits: Most properties offer a 25-50% discount in what they call off-season.

Amenities provided by hotels: Complimentary items provided by a facility for guests may include toilet articles, writing supplies, bathrobes, or fruit baskets. Some planners say that in-room coffee is one of the best amenities. It is reasonable to ask for extra towels for health club use or for quick delivery of forgotten items, such as razors, toothbrushes, or hair dryers. Find out before if these supplies are available. Concierge services and business centers are valuable to your guests. Don't be afraid to ask for the extras: an additional complimentary room for every 50 rooms used, complimentary use of hotel limousine for VIP pickups, a few rooms at 50% off the group rate for staff.

Tipping: A tip or gratuity is given to an individual at the time the service is provided. Personnel that most frequently receive this type of gratuity are doormen, bell staff, wait staff, and housemaids or room attendants. If these tips are meeting or event related, keep a detailed record because they need to be accounted for in the budget.


Waterways Cruises - 20th Anniversary SALE!!


It’s our 20th Anniversary!
Celebrate with us and Save!

We are celebrating twenty successful years of being the premier private yacht charter
and dining cruise company on Seattle’s lakes and we are throwing a party!
Buy one ticket and get one free and join us aboard any of our Seattle Lakes Dining Cruises
through September 28. Experience summer dining on the water the Waterways way!

BUY 1 and GET 1 TICKET FREE with the promo code ANNIVERSARY20

Offer expires on June 13, 2014*


The Boathouse Open House - You're Invited!

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

Come explore your options at Lake Washington’s Best Kept Secret –
The versatile Boathouse at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center!

Located on the shores of Lake Washington, just minutes from downtown Seattle, The Boathouse at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offers spectacular views of the Cascades and Mt. Baker.

•  The new contemporary upper-floor event space is bathed in natural light and accented with reclaimed hardwood finishes. Accommodates up to 100 seated.
•  Gas fireplace and vintage wooden racing shell create a warm, comfortable ambiance.
•  A wall of glass doors onto the larger of the two balconies folds back so that guests can easily move from indoors to outdoors. Accommodates an additional 40 seated.
•  Large catering kitchen (use the caterer of your choice).
•  State-of-the-art A/V system with built in speakers, a microphone and two large flat screen televisions.
•  Smaller room can be reserved for board meetings or a breakout room

Add A Unique Team-Building Element To Your Meeting or Event!

The Boathouse offers on-site rowing, sailing and paddle-boarding activities that will foster communication, collaboration, trust and leadership.


Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center
3800 Lake Washington Blvd South, Seattle, WA 98118