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Visitor bureau gets nod to sell long-term meetings; job opportunities open for convention sales positions

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:32 am |
January 25, 2013 11:32 am

As expected, the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau has contracted with the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center to sell and book meetings and events that require hotel stays and are at least 14 months in the future.

The Tacoma City Council approved the agreement at this week’s meeting.

“The TRCVB will remain an organization with a regional approach, as we continue to work with meeting planners and area businesses to bring meetings and events to the (convention center) and venues throughout Pierce County,” said Bennish Brown, bureau president and CEO.

The convention center staff will continue booking short-term events. Under the agreement, the bureau will add four positions to its staff, with three working from offices at the convention center.

“It’s a natural fit for convention and visitor bureaus to directly secure new and recurring long-term business for convention centers,” said Kim Bedier, the city’s Director of Tacoma Public Assembly Facilities, in a release.

Carpenter Hospitality Services is helping to identify candidates for the sales positions, which begin in March. The positions are also posted on the bureau’s website at www.traveltacoma.com/contact/career-opportunities.

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