5 Days in... Park City, Utah.

At SHW, we love to travel! This month, one of our favorite stops was Park City, Utah for a fun incentive trip with one of our clients. Not only is the town beautiful, but full of hidden gems and fun activities. While it’s famous for being the winter place to see and be seen on the slopes and at Sundance Film Festival, it’s also a blast in spring and summer. Here are a few of our favorite spots.

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May 30, 2018

How to Manage Risk Like a Pro at Your Next Event

When a suspicious package forced SeaTac International Airport to shut down for a few hours May 6, the situation set into motion alternative plans for SHW’s incoming clients. SHW Event Manager Natalee Giamalis was prepping for the arrival of 95 guests to the airport on their way to Seattle for an incentive trip, a week of wining and dining and exploring the city.

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May 14, 2018

Going Green to Save Green: Food Waste Revisited

by Lorie Thomas, SVP, Event Services

I was raised by parents who were thrifty and into recycling before it was cool. Their example has made me keenly aware of waste and the need to reuse resources whenever possible.

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Apr 25, 2018

#MeToo: How You Can Help Prevent Sexual Harassment at Events

Since the #MeToo movement began gaining momentum in October, people from all professions have shared stories of workplace harassment. Six months later, the topic is still top of mind, showing how far the issue reached. The events industry is no excpetion.  

Ally Coll Steele is an attorney and President and Cofounder of the Purple Campaign, a non-profit organization to address workplace.

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Apr 12, 2018

Top 10 Things to Look for in a Meeting Space

by Cheryl Barnet, Sr. Manager, Site Sourcing, Registration & Housing

After years in hotel sales, Cheryl joined SHW to lead the hotel sourcing team. She now oversees the teams who deal with vastly detailed complexities around meetings and events: hotel contract negotiations, creative registration solutions, and conference housing management.
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Apr 6, 2018

5 Days in... San Diego.

The SHW office was missing a few of our Docksiders last week. Why? Because this month, SHW went down to San Diego to operate an awesome week-long program!

While Seattle is our home, our events take us to cities all around the world. As event professionals, it’s our job to always do what we do best for our clients, no matter which city we’re in.

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Mar 30, 2018

3 Virtual Reality Technologies for Your Next Event

by Addison Callaghan, Marketing Manager

Morton Heilig's "Sensorama" | TechRadar

The idea of virtual reality isn’t entirely new; immersive flight simulators were used to train pilots as early as 1929, and let’s not forget Morton Heilig’s “Sensorama” from the 1950s which used a combination of video, sound, small fans, smell generators, and vibrations to as closely as possible recreate a.

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Mar 21, 2018

The Do's and Don'ts of Pop-Up Restaurants

A modern version of 1960s supper clubs, pop-up restaurants have gained popularity recently. Pop-ups are temporary restaurants that are often held in unconventional locations. What’s not to love? The fleeting nature of pop-ups offer a truly unique experience, and it gives newer chefs a chance to showcase their skills, or established chefs to try out new ideas. It’s a win-win for any food.

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Mar 15, 2018

7 Unique Valentine's Day Ideas from the Event Experts

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with classic rose bouquets and fancy dinners. BORING. How about something a bit more surprising? Here are a few ideas to make this year’s Valentine’s Day one to remember.

1. Go wine-blending

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Feb 6, 2018

5 Ways to Give Back Through Your Event

Adding charitable elements to your event is a great and easy way to pay it forward in the community where you hold your event.

And while it can help engage your attendees and benefit your event overall, it can also make a positive impression on the community you’re visiting. Say you have a 4,000-person meeting and arrange to have leftover food donated through a local food bank. Chances are.

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Jan 17, 2018

The Rise of the Activity Pub

Why settle for just sitting around a table when you’re out with friends?  These days, it’s getting easier to find a pub that’s more than talking and drinking. Take SPiN, for example, which is opening their new Seattle location this month. When they opened their flagship location in New York, the idea of a bar completely centered around ping pong was pretty groundbreaking.

It makes sense too.

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Jan 5, 2018

7 Things to Do in Seattle If You Still Need New Year’s Eve Plans

If you’re still at a loss for plans here in Seattle, no need to worry! Here are 7 ways to ring in the new year, whether you’re looking for dancing and DJs, or a quiet night out with the kids.

1. New Year’s Eve pARTy at Chihuly Garden & Glass

Located at the base of the Space Needle, Chihuly is opening up The Glasshouse for a party with drinking, eating, dancing, and a perfect view of the.

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Dec 30, 2017

3 Large-Batch Cocktails to Make Hosting Easier

There’s a lot of moving parts that go into hosting holiday gatherings. There’s the food, music, drinks –  and of course making sure everyone has a good time.

Festive cocktails don’t have to be an extra thing on your plate that takes away time with family and friends. Here are our favorite large-batch holiday cocktails to have ready before the party starts, so those early guests can serve.

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Dec 22, 2017

Holiday Shopping for a Big Traveler: 3 New Technologies to Watch

Holiday shopping for a big traveler?

Luggage technology continues to make seriously cool strides, so you might want to consider a new carry-on or luggage device for the business traveler in your life. Some of the industry brand leaders are coming out with some useful – and surprising – features.

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Nov 30, 2017

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate. Secrets to Hosting a Last Minute Holiday Party.

The holiday season is coming up quickly, and there’s a lot of pressure to host a great party. We get how easy it is to forget, or get too busy. You don’t have to stress though-- there’s still time to plan a holiday party that people will be talking about for years with some helpful tips from the pros here at SHW.

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Nov 21, 2017

Your Brain on Events: The Neuroscience Behind TEDxSeattle


At its core, TEDxSeattle is driven by the intention to spark conversation and bring together a community. On November 18, thousands of guests will fill McCaw Hall who share the common goal of learning something new.

The TEDxSeattle team brought together 14 speakers this year that come from a wide range of backgrounds, from the co-founder of the Pacific hyperloop to a critically.

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Nov 16, 2017

How Events Like TEDxSeattle Come to Life: Blogs Worth Sharing


“We chase ideas, not speakers.”

That’s the goal of TEDxSeattle, says Lee Gibbs, co-chair of the speaker team. “Notoriety isn’t nearly as valuable to us as a new idea that will ignite our audience’s imagination and allow them to see the world in a fresh way.”

TEDxSeattle returns to McCaw Hall on November 18 with 14 local speakers who will address this year’s theme, “Changing.

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Nov 8, 2017

Blogs Worth Sharing: An Inside Look at TEDxSeattle


On November 18, 2017 TEDxSeattle returns to McCaw Hall for an event that aims to spark thoughtful discussion and build community. This year, SHW is proud to partner with TEDxSeattle in support of our mutual value of bringing people together. We know that planning events is much more than just booking a space. It’s about creating a meaningful experience from start to finish.


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Oct 31, 2017

Fall Travel Tips from SHW

Fall is the busiest season for travel, and the busiest for corporate events. So our team has some tried and true tips for the travel season. We hope you find they will help you get you where you’re going with a little less stress.

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Oct 10, 2017

The Art of Attrition

So you’re planning your first big event, and you need a room block. Like all contract negotiations, negotiating the best terms you can get takes a lot of finessing, so here are some of our tips so that you come out on top.

Let’s talk about attrition.

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Sep 21, 2017

Bring a Little Luxury to Your Incentive Trip with This New Charter

If you’re looking for an incentive trip to really wow star employees, look no further! Crystal Skye is a new luxury jet product by the people at Crystal Cruises. Think of it as a hotel in the air.

Crystal Skye is a bespoke Boeing 777-200LR, with glamorous amenities to pamper up to 88 guests. The jet has been heavily customized by Crystal, making this a truly one of a kind experience.

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Sep 12, 2017

Why Choose Seattle for Your Next Incentive Trip? Because I Love It!

by Brett Robertson, Vice President, Sales & Marketing

In 2007 I landed at SeaTac International with two bags of clothes, a hotel reservation, and not a clue what I was getting myself into. With a rough plan of staying here temporarily – 6 months to a year – before heading back to Oz to settle down and get real about life, 10 years later I’m still having a cracking good time and for a bloke.

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Aug 30, 2017

The SHW Guide to Getting Your Best Event Sponsors

When you’re planning a big event, finding sponsorships can be one of the most daunting tasks. Whether it’s a local food festival or an international conference, having a fantastic lineup of sponsors can offer a lot of benefits. As event professionals, we’re often asked to put together sponsorship packets, so here are our tips for snagging the best possible sponsorships for your event!

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Aug 22, 2017

Maggie: The Original Dogsider

Maggie Waechter2003 - 2017

We all were deeply saddened report the passing of our original office dogsider, Maggie, on August 8, 2017.

Maggie has been a fixture in our offices for the past three years, when Marka joined the company. As an older dog, Maggie was low-key, and had a calming presence as she lay on the floor of Marka’s office during the day.

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Aug 9, 2017

Our Favorite Rooftop Hot Spots

Summer 2017 is in full swing, and with the beautiful weather, it’s the perfect time to spend some time outdoors –  even if that’s just grabbing a drink and enjoying a nice view. Here are some of our favorite rooftop spots, starting with our hometown of Seattle.

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Jul 27, 2017

Welcome to the Dockside!

SHW is excited to bring you our new weekly blog, featuring new trends in the events industry and some of our tips and tricks. From topics like “why incentive travel is important for your business” to new technology that could give your event an extra boost, there’s a little something for everyone.

You may be asking, though, why call it The Dockside? The Dockside is a term we use here at SHW.

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Jul 11, 2017

New Home, New Look, New Ownership

We’re pleased to announce a few exciting changes here at SHW! As we head into our 40th year, there’s a lot to celebrate and share with all of our friends.

New Home Friday April 14th, we unplugged for a couple of hours to make the big move across the street. Operations will resumed as normal Monday, April 17 in our new space at:

100 West Harrison Street, Suite S-370Seattle, WA 98119New Main.

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May 1, 2017