Day 1 - Your journey begins at the Portland, OR airport at 1 pm when you board your motorcoach to head across the Columbia River to Washington and the famous Mount St. Helens. Visit the National Monument and Interpretive Center, come within four miles of the still steaming crater! Continue to the “beach” - Long Beach that is, on the Washington coast.  Arrive in Long Beach to enjoy dinner and overnight.    

 Day 2 - You are “up and at’em” this morning with so much to see.  Today we make stops at historic Oysterville, an Oyster Farms Tour, the Cranberry Museum and then at the special Kite Museum with a bucket lunch at the beach! Finally, the afternoon finds us driving northward to the Carriage Museum and beautiful Grays Harbor on our way to Olympia.      

Day 3 – This morning we make a special stop at NW Trek for a close up of northwest animals such as a baby moose or a bugling elk.  The on to Gig Harbor for an amazing boat ride on the PNW’s Riviera on Puget Sound. A stop at Heritage Distillery for a tasting and tour. We end our day in Tacoma.

Day 4 – The morning offers a wonderful riding tour of Tacoma that includes historical theaters, Point Defiance, LeMay Car Museum and eclectic shops and restaurants. Last but not least, there is a visit to the star of Tacoma’s specialties, the Chuhuly Glass Museum to view how this famous artist trains and develops for his glass sculptures.  Arrive at the Crowne Plaza Hotel midafternoon to relax and get ready for the opening of your conference!

Spotlight Travel Network

People * Places * Planet

2nd Annual Spotlight on the Northwest

September 8-10, 2017

Seattle Southside  

Pre-Fam September 5-8, 2017

Save the dates – September 8-10, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport in Seattle Southside.  Spotlight on the Northwest  is a tourism conference which combines educational seminars, networking functions and a trade show. Operators are primarily domestic (including Canada) and range from small operations to large receptive companies (and everything in between). The ratio of suppliers to operators is never more than 2.5 to 1.

Spotlight is casual and intimate. We don't just network - we build relationships at Spotlight. There are three days of interaction in which to conduct business.  The goal is to build lasting relationships. New tour itineraries to off-the-beaten-path destinations are highlighted, using the closest Northwestern gateway cities and all they have to offer as arrival and departure points.  

The first 20 operators to sign up will be included in the Spotlight pre-fam, September 5-8, 2017. 

Who Has Attended Other Spotlight Events in the Past?  Tour Operators like All Aboard America, America 4 You,  Around and About Tours, Columbia Crossroads, Custom Holidays, Detours of Arizona, Fancy-Free Holidays,  Free Spirit Vacations & Events, Friendly Excursions, Friends & Neighbors Tours, Getaway Tours of AZ,  Great Western Tours, Lead USA, Leisure West Tours & Cruises, Main Street Tours, Mirage Tours, New World Tours, Palm Spring Tours & More, RH Factor, Shebby Lee Tours,  Sports Empire, Sports Leisure Vacations, Synergy Tours, Talbot Tours, Travel Alliance Partners, Trapper Travel & Tours, World Span World Span Tours, Vaughan’s Southwest Custom Tours,Perkiomen Tours, Brilliant Adventures, Tripod Tours, Expedia,  Worldwide Pilgrimages, Lead USA, and Nagel Tours.  

Spotlight Agenda

September 8, 2017
2:00pm Registration opens - Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport
5:00pm – Welcome Reception sponsored by Crowne Plaza and Seattle Southside RTA.

7:00pm - Event Event at Maxi's Lounge and Nightclub sponsored by Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport.  

September 9, 2017

7:30am - Transportation to breakfast sponsored by Premier Coaches Northwest. 

8:30am - Transportation to Museum of Flight sponsored by Premier Coaches Northwest
9:00am – Keynote Speaker at the  Museum of Flight

10:15am - Trade Show setup for Suppliers

10:15am - Break for Operators
10:45am-  Tradeshow 
12:30pm – Lunch sponsored by Catering by M&S and Seattle Southside RTA.  
2:00pm – Brainstorming session and Itinerary planning
4:00pm – Back to hotel
6:00pm – Sponsored dinner and Event.  

September 10, 2017
8:00am -  Breakfast at the hotel sponsored by Crowne Plaza
9:00am – Best Practices
10:00am – Present Itineraries
11:00am – Spotlight concludes!