Seattle Southside RTA closes Visitor Center at Westfield Southcenter


The Seattle Southside RTA Visitor’s Center was first opened in Feb., 2014.

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA), the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines, on Friday (July 21) announced the closing of its Visitor Center kiosk at Westfield Southcenter Mall.

On July 13, the Seattle Southside Board of Directors determined that – due to a reduction in funding – it was necessary to close the Westfield Southcenter branch of the RTA’s Visitor Center.

The closure of the Westfield Southcenter location – which has been operating since Feb., 2014 – is effective immediately. The SeaTac Visitor Center, located at 3100 S. 176th Street, will remain open and continue to service visitors, sell tickets, and promote area shopping, dining, attractions and hotels.

“This decision was not made lightly, as it has affected not only the region, but has led to the position eliminations of three valued visitor center concierges,” said Maureen Huffman, Seattle Southside RTA board chair. “We are working closely with Westfield Southcenter management to determine potential partnerships that could provide visitor information services at a reduced cost.”

Seattle Southside RTA continues to support tourism through advocacy and innovative services such as a newly revamped website with advanced trip planning functionality, marketing excellence and developing the economic strength of the region.

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for South Seattle. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington, and as an idyllic place for meeting and event planners to hold their events. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call 877-885-9452.


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