About Seattle

Innovative and inspiring, Seattle offers a compact and highly accessible downtown, enhanced by world-class hotels and restaurants, vibrant arts and cultural institutions, and signature retail shops. Experience this truly distinctive meetings destination within walking distance of the Seattle Convention Center’s, Arch and Summit.


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax?
    15.7% plus $4 per room per night flat fee for hotels in downtown for the TIA (70 Participating Hotels)
  • How much is the F&B tax? 10.25% for Seattle
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 20%


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 14
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available?
    Link Light Rail takes visitors from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to downtown Seattle in 30 minutes and costs $3.00. The train also continues on to the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood and University of Washington.
  • How much does the public transportation cost?
    Link Light Rail – $2.25-$3.25
    King County Metro Busses are $2.75 flat rate
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown?
    The Downtown Airporter charges starting as low as $25.45 per person. Advanced bookings are required to the airport, but walk-ups from the airport are okay.  Click here for real-time information.
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown? $45 average, Rideshare trips (Uber, Lyft) typically cost between $20-40.
  • How many daily flights out of airport? Around 1,045
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    Click here for real-time information.


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 6,000+
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center?5,221 within a 5.5 block radius (7-minute walk); 7,330 within a 10 block radius (14-minute walk)
  • How many headquarter hotel properties? 2
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 1,000


  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center?
    Up to 205,700 sq. ft. – Arch building
    Up to 248,450 sq. ft. – Summit building
    Convention Center Campus Total Exhibit Space = Up to 454,150 sq. ft.
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 105,700 (4DEF)
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center?
    Up to 141,248 sq. ft. – Arch building including ballroom space
    Up to 160,040 sq. ft. – Summit building including ballroom space
    Convention Center Campus Total Exhibit Space = Up to 301,288 sq. ft. including ballroom space
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have?
    Up to 79 rooms – Arch building
    Up to 66 rooms – Summit building
  • How big is the largest meeting room?
    10,152 sq. ft. – Arch building (Rooms 605-610)
    4,630 sq. ft. (Rooms 427-429) OR 6,500 sq. ft. (Signature Room) – Summit building
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have?
    4 – Arch building
    3 – Summit building
    Convention Center Campus Total Number of Ballrooms = 7
  • How big is the largest ballroom?
    15,048 sq. ft. (6E) – Arch building
    138,320 sq. ft. – Arch building w/ meeting rooms and ballrooms (w/o swing space)
    37,500 sq. ft. (ballroom 3) – Summit building
    58,000 sq. ft. (ballroom 1, 2, 3) – Summit building w/ all ballrooms
  • When was the last renovation or expansion?
    July 2010 expansion – The Conference Center opened
    2011-2012 renovation of SCC main building
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled?
    In August 2018, the Seattle Convention Center broke ground on the additional facility, Summit, which opend in January 2023.
    The facility will add:
    • 149,200 sq. ft. heavy load exhibition space and 99,250 sq. ft. flex space two floors above
    • Up to 248,450 sq. ft. total exhibit space
    • Up to 66 rooms
    • Up to 102,040 sq. ft. of meeting space
    • 58,000 sq. ft. of ballroom space
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? Yes, in common areas
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? Yes – Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No – preferred provider is LMG
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Yes – Aramark
  • Is the convention center a union property? Yes
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list?
Average Rates Charged to ExhibitorsSeattle
General Display Labor/Decorator/Hour
Forklift with Operator/Lowest Weight Range/Hour
Drayage Per CWT (Hundred Weight): Advance Shipments to Official Service Contractor$108.67
Drayage Per CWT (Hundred Weight): Direct Crated Shipments to Exhibit Hall$110.17
Drayage Per CWT (Hundred Weight): Direct Crated Shipments to Exhibit Hall Requiring Special Handling$141.42
Drayage Per CWT (Hundred Weight): Direct Uncrated & Loose Shipments to Exhibit Hall$165.33
  • Here is a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center:
    • District Council of Carpenters of Seattle, King County and vicinity
    • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 46
    • International Alliance of Stage and Theatrical Workers, Local No. 15
    • International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 117
    • Painters District, Council No. 5
    • Sign and Display Workers, Local No. 1094
    • Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Local No. 8
    • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 286
    • Service Employees International Union, Local No. 6


  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? 8
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people?
    Another 7 Venues within a 10 minute bus transfer
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center?
    At least 50 or more
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and there whereabouts?
    • Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) (Seattle Center Campus: 6-minute drive from SCC)
    • Pike Place Market (Downtown: 6-minute walk down Pike Street from SCC)
    • Seattle Art Museum, Smith Tower (Downtown: 9 to 19-minute walk from SCC)
    • The Great Wheel and Seattle Aquarium (Seattle Waterfront: 8-minute drive from SCC)
    • Museum of Flight (Boeing Field: 10-minute drive south of downtown Seattle)


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