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Posted June 26th 2017 in Latest News, News and Updates,

Liverpool to Seattle – Clipper Round the World 2017-18

Imagine!  5 oceans, 6 continents, 700 crew, 8 legs, 12 identical ocean racing yachts, and 40,000 miles starting Sunday 20th August from Liverpool.  The Port of Seattle is a programme sponsor and the Visit Seattle Clipper’s sail and hull will display the city’s skyline and include logos from co-sponsor Seattle Sports Commission, as well as host port partners the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina and the Seattle Historic Waterfront Association.

Seattle will be the 7th host port, reached after the gruelling crossing of the North Pacific and is also the start of the US Coast to Coast leg. 23 year old Nikki Henderson, from Guildford UK, will be the race’s youngest ever skipper, and taking charge of the Visit Seattle yacht.

Nikki was asked what would be the toughest part of the challenge. The Pacific will be one of the most extreme mental and physical challenge my crew and I will face, the harder we push ourselves the greater the reward. The sense of achievement at the end will be life changing.” A visit to Seattle and Washington State is always life changing, but can be achieved so easily via the airlines detailed in this newsletter. Click here for more.

Bowie and Hendrix at MoPOP

From 1st July, Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture MoPOP (formerly EMP) hosts Bowie by Mick Rock featuring 65 of Rock’s photographs that capture Bowie’s creativity and charisma, from dressing room shots of his transformation into Ziggy Stardust and live performances to private moments between gigs.  These date from 1972 and 1973, when David Bowie was redefining glam rock as the androgynous alien rock star Ziggy Stardust and fellow Londoner, Mick Rock, was the musician’s official photographer.

In addition MoPOP’s exhibition, Wild Blue Angel, Hendrix Abroad 1966-70, which focuses on Jimi’s time in the UK, continues.

Pike Place Market has expanded

After decades of study, Seattle’s Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) is realizing a decades-long goal to develop the last piece of the Market Historic District. From June 29th, Seattle’s most visited attraction, Pike Place Market, is growing with the MarketFront. This site was built for Market producers in the early 20th century. For the first time in 40 years the expansion reclaims the ocean aspect for farmers and producers, and will provide a dynamic public plaza with views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. It offers table space for farmers, craftspeople and artisan purveyors, retail space, low-income housing, a neighbourhood centre and parking.

Seattle Space Needle launches new Century 360⁰

The Century Project will transform The Space Needle in Seattle with a sensational renovation which will enhance the panoramic views with floor to ceiling glass. The restaurant level will be reimagined with a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor revealing downward views of the structure never seen before. This 55 year old globally-recognised Icon was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair in Seattle.  For key features of the renovation, click here.


Seattle – one new hotel each month – hot list

At last Seattle hotel options are matching the attractions of this stupendous city. Why not try establishing contact while these hotels are hunting for new customers:

W Bellevue – Opened 15th June 2017

W Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will occupy the first 13 stories of a 41-story tower in Bellevue, five miles east of Seattle. The new modern and chic downtown property, with 231 apartments, will be located in the Lincoln Square development amid a thriving retail and entertainment district.  Sales:

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington – Opening 1st August 2017

Located on the shores of Lake Washington, Hyatt Regency at Seattle’s Southport perfectly combines the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with modern amenities.  Enjoy access to downtown Seattle, Mt. Rainer National Park, Bellevue and more.  The property includes 347 spacious guestrooms and suites with unparalleled views.  Sales:

Hotel Theodore – Opening late Summer 2017

Portland-based Provenance Hotels will open the 151-room Hotel Theodore at 7th and Pine Street in downtown Seattle this summer. Occupying the landmark 1929 building currently known and operating as the Roosevelt Hotel, the new hotel name is inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt and will showcase a collection of works that honour Seattle’s pioneering spirit. Media:

Style, Luxury and Service (SLS) Seattle – Opening 2017-18

SBE’s award-winning SLS Hotels have become synonymous with elegance, intrigue and luxury. The new SLS Seattle continues the tradition with world-class design from Philippe Starck, an exclusive 16th floor cocktail lounge and culinary experience, state-of-the-art Ciel Spa facilities, as well as unique conference and private event spaces in the recently restored century-old former First United Methodist Church and the hotel. Located in the heart of Midtown Seattle, just minutes away from Pike Place Market and the Waterfront, SLS Seattle will be a premiere destination for visitors and locals alike.  Sales:

Residence Inn by Marriott -– Autumn 2017

A Residence Inn by Marriott will open in downtown’s Denny Triangle neighbourhood, an area evolving into a hub for high-profile office, residential, retail and hotel projects. The 15-story, 302-room hotel which is adjacent to the Washington State Convention Centre, will include a conference centre, a fitness centre and three levels of parking.  Each room will include a kitchenette and work area for extended-stay travellers.

Moxy (Marriott International) – December 2017

Moxy hotels debuted in Italy in 2014. Designed to reinvent the traditional affordable hotel experience, the boutique hotel’s communal space is technologically friendly and embraces an innovative, industrial-chic design. The Moxy lobby is the center of activity for the hotel and offers a social atmosphere and space for guests to congregate and enjoy a grab-and-go meal or beverage from the bar. The hotel will feature 147 tech-savvy guest rooms in the heart of the South Lake Union neighbourhood.

Embassy Suites Hotel near CenturyLink Field – Into New Year 2018

Phase 2 of Seattle’s mixed-use Stadium Place Project will showcase a 23-story Embassy Suites. Part of the Hilton hotel chain, Embassy hopes this property will become their flagship hotel in the USA.  The 297-room hotel will sit atop a four-story podium containing parking and pedestrian-level retail space. The hotel will connect by a lofty atrium to a conference center and a health club with a pool.


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